Home » Uncategorized » REVIEW – Brother QL-570 Professional Label Printer
REVIEW - Brother QL-570 Professional Label Printer

REVIEW – Brother QL-570 Professional Label Printer

Whether you’re living in a college dorm and you want to keep tabs on all of your belongings or you’re working in an office where your stapler always seems to go inexplicably missing from your desk, having a good label maker can go a long way. This is also useful for when you have multiple seemingly similar items and you want an easy to differentiate between them.

Going well beyond the basic traditional label makers is the Brother QL-570 Professional Label Printer. Instead of working as a standalone product with very little customization, the QL-570 works just like a regular printer that you’d connect to your computer. While it may not be quite as convenient as the handheld equivalent, you get many more features and options with this package.

REVIEW - Brother QL-570 Professional Label Printer

Inside the box, you get the Brother Label Printer itself, a USB cable, a power cable, the supporting documentation, a cleaning sheet, installation CD, and a pair of starter rolls of thermal paper. The QL-570 doesn’t use any ink, relying instead on this thermal paper. After it prints your label, you can peel off the backing and use the sticker-style label immediately.

Retailing for just over $60, the Brother QL-570 is quite affordable, especially since it comes with two rolls of DK thermal paper. The wider roll is a continuous strip of label paper measuring 58mm across and the narrower roll offers several consecutive address labels.

REVIEW - Brother QL-570 Professional Label Printer

Measuring 20.8 x 13.5 x 14.2 cm, this Professional Label Printer offers up to 300 x 600 dpi resolution, speeds of up to 68 labels per minute, compatibility for both PC and Mac, and included software to create all sorts of labels. The P-touch Label Creation software is good for making shipping labels, name badges, folder labels, and more.

While the handheld label makers will only output a single line of text in only one font style and size, the Brother QL-570 acts just like a normal inkjet or laser printer. You can print images, albeit only in black and white, as well as all kinds of text.

REVIEW - Brother QL-570 Professional Label Printer

Setup and configuration is very easy and I really like the design for slotting in the thermal paper. On the right side of the roll, you’ll see a vertical wedge that fits perfectly into a slot in the printer. The left side fits into a series of slots closer to the front of the printer too, so it doesn’t matter if you have the size that spans the width of the printer or you’re using a narrower version.

Looking at the build quality of this printer, you won’t get anything that resembles anything near the top of the line. The plastic can feel quite cheap, but it’s not like you need this device to be particularly rugged. You also have to realize that it’s only a $60 product.

REVIEW - Brother QL-570 Professional Label Printer

The print quality is a little hit or miss. Since it uses thermal paper, there is no time needed for the ink to dry. There’s no ink. This also makes for a remarkably smooth and clean surface for your labels. Text comes out quite crisp and you can use whatever fonts you’d like. The software allows for integration with Word, Excel, and Outlook as well.

Images can be printed, either on their own or as background images to text, but they do only come in grayscale. I wouldn’t want to use a photo that has too much detail to it, but this kind of functionality is good for basic pictures and company logos.

All in all, I’m quite pleased with the Brother QL-570 Professional Label Printer. The setup process is easy, the footprint is small enough to fit on nearly any desk, and the software is very robust. The auto-cut feature when you print out a label is very handy too. I wish there was a way to use it without a computer though.


About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

Check Also


Try Oculus Rift And Wii To Roam Around On The Back To The Future Hoverboard

Check out how you can fly in virtual space by using an Oculus Rift and a Wii Balance Board.


Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.


Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale All Weekend

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games


Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Did you manage to score any epic Black Friday deals this morning? Are you still ...


Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.


No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.

  • http://www.weprintdiscs.com/ CD Printing

    This is also perfect on labeling albums and data CD’s.