For a while now, I've been looking to get an inexpensive label maker. My goal was to label the many bits of equipment that go along with my glider. By having my name and aircraft or contest number on my stuff, there's less chance that it'll walk off or get lost.

After a few days of hunting around on-line and reading reviews, I decided on the Brother PT-65. I'm quite happy with this unit. It's small, quiet, has an easy to use keyboard, and prints very nice looking labels. Plus, I can order a variety of colored label tapes so that my labels will stand out anywhere I might stick them.

Best of all, I can select from a variety of font sizes, making it easy to squeeze a bit more information on a label than might otherwise be possible. If you're looking for a cheap label maker, check it out. has it now for $26.99.

Posted by jzawodn at May 22, 2005 10:16 AM

Reader Comments
# Geof F. Morris said:

I've been using this unit for a while, and I'm really, really happy with it. I want to second your recommendation. :)

on May 22, 2005 10:40 AM
# Listen, here said:

Staples has, on occassion, offered this very label maker for under $20.

on May 22, 2005 11:15 AM
# Jon said:

Look what I bought today as a direct result of this blog post:

on May 22, 2005 05:30 PM
# Marc said:

I've got this label maker too, as well as a fancier model that uses the TZ-laminated tapes. The laminated tapes are more durable, but I like the smallness and simplicity of my PT-65.

For me, a label maker turned out to be far more useful to me than I thought it would be. My favorite uses:

1) Labeled files are sooo much easier to read and consequently I don't procrastinate filing as much.
2) I put these labels on CDs that I burn to quickly identify them.
3) I've labeled all of my valuables - cell phone, wallet, Palm, CompactFlash cards, etc... with my contact info. This already came in handy once when I left my cell phone in a restaurant and they were able to call me right away.
4) I've wrapped labels around wires near the back of my computer and behind my TV and such.
5) I've labeled computer components like hard drives, so that I can tell which brand and size they are even when there's inside the computer and only the back is visible.

on May 24, 2005 01:45 AM
# Jon said:

Here's a tip for peeling off the backing (not easy with the PT-65 tapes) - with the label face down on a table, scratch at a corner until the backing starts to come off.

on May 24, 2005 11:55 PM
# Kim said:

We have been using the PT-65 for a long time. We use it on job sites. We are having a hard time finding the 3/8 Black on White, if anyone knows where I can buy that size please post it on this site!


on April 4, 2006 12:27 PM
# mattozan said:

Just got this unit, and one of the first things I want to print is a label with an ampersand.

There is no ampersand symbol.

WTF? There is a whole menu of other symbols, including holiday nonsense like jack-o-lanterns and snowmen. Copyright. Degree. Percent. But no ampersand.

Am I missing something?

on July 24, 2006 09:50 PM
# bellyman said:

Took me a while to find the & as well.. unlike EVERY OTHER SYMBOL & is not a CODE-. Instead it is LEFT of the A.

on July 31, 2006 01:43 PM
# mattozan said:

Ah, yes, there it is staring me in the face! Th@nks bellyman.

on August 1, 2006 07:37 PM
# ian said:

My local discount store has these for $14.99, and I'm now a proud owner.

on August 5, 2006 08:02 PM
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