I don’t know about you guys, but I have a small obsession with label making. I don’t know what it is, but there’s nothing like the satisfaction that comes with labeling things. Since my obsession first began, label makers have come a long way. This particular label maker, the PT 1290, by P-touch is no exception. A battery powered label maker with a full keyboard, this label maker will take your labeling dreams beyond anything you’ve imaged.
Once you get past the blister packaging, you click the tape cartridge into place, insert the 6 AAA batteries, and then you’re ready to start using the label for general label printing which is a cinch. All you have to do is type the label on the full keyboard and press print. What you’re typing reflects on the LCD screen and even if you type out a really long label, you can press the magnifying glass icon and see the entire sentence on the screen before your print. For simple label printing, this label maker is very easy to use: turn it on, type the label, and press print. It gets a little more complicated if you want to make fancier labels.
So let’s gets fancier – The first direction in the instructions manual is choosing a font: Helsinki or Bohemia. To change the font you simply press the F1 or F2 buttons, which are clearly labeled on the printer. Easy. The only bad thing is you can’t see what the font looks like until it prints because the font isn’t reflected on the LCD screen. Not so easy.
Making designs to use the more advanced design functions is a little more complicated than simply typing and printing. Once you type out the label you want to print, press Function (Fn) and the LCD will display various options. These options include Size, Width, Style, Underline/Frame, Tab, Tab Length, Label Length, and Auto Format. These options let you add pretty design features like hearts, stars, or leaves to your label, as well as change the size, style (bold, italics) and label length or width. Choosing a design like “leaf” or “hearts” is easy, but when it comes to choosing the label length or auto format features, I was left scratching my head. Referring to the direction manual is a must and there will probably be a lot of trial and error involved when changing detailed formatting choices such as size and label length.
Although the instruction booklet was quite complicated, but once I got the hang of it, the PT1290 was pretty easy to use for my needs. Reading the directions is essential to understanding how to print a label complete with designs and formatting. Once you get the hang of it and all its customizable features, irregardless of the instruction manual, it really is perfect for crafts fanatics, parents, or label freaks like myself. The PT Touch 1290 retails for retails for $39.99 at Amazon.
The Good: Once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy to use. I like that this label maker can either function as a really basic white labeler and that it can print fancier customizable labels.
The Bad: Had some difficulty figuring out how to change the design and change advanced functions, as well as understanding the instruction manual.