Label like a Pro with Brother’s upgraded Pro Tape range

Brother Pro Tape Range Labelling Solutions

There’s no doubt that for electricians, labels are a critical element of the job. A lack of labelling or illegible labels could prove costly to the safety and efficiency of a project – a risk that could damage the reputation of a professional tradesman.

Due to the complexity of the work undertaken by electricians and the level of compliance required; labels need to meet a long list of requirements and be tough enough for the job in hand.

We’ve recently relaunched our P-touch Pro Tape range, providing durable, flexible and cost-effective labelling solutions for electricians. Available in multiple widths and colors, to help with wiring regulation compliance.

The Pro Tape range can be used by electricians to label signs and notices with general warnings, control gear and switch gear, electrical trunking and conduits, contact details, cables and cabling, lighting, solar panels, electrical car charging points, distribution boards or consumer units, electrical sockets and PAT testing.

Stronger for longer

In the electrical industry, labels are exposed to tough environments. Designed to stay intact on smooth, textured and powder coated surfaces; our strong adhesive tape offers three times more strength on textured surfaces on average compared to Brother’s standard tape, based on results from independent testing. This makes the tape ideal for electric panel identification.

Professional labels covered

The strong adhesive tape is part of Brother’s recently relaunched P-touch Pro Tape range; offering solutions for all of your professional labelling needs. The range consists of six other tapes designed for a wide range of applications and environments:

  • Flexible ID laminated tape is created for cable wrap and flags.
  • Heat shrink tube is made of special non-adhesive tape that grips to the cable when shrunk down.
  • Flag die-cut non-laminated label ideal for fiber optic and other thin cables.
  • Self-laminating tape allows printed labels to be protected and permanently sealed with a laminated layer overwrap. Ideal for cables including larger diameter CAT6A.
  • Security laminated tape for added reassurance; visibly shows if the label has been tampered with and cannot be reapplied once peeled.
  • Stencil tape suitable for industrial markets; the tape has a thermal sensitive layer that masks ink or special fluids to directly mark components or parts.

Staying labelled. Every time

Brother P-touch laminated labels have undergone a series of vigorous tests; to prove they will remain in place and stay legible when exposed to abrasion, chemical and temperature extremes.

Our flexible ID tape and self-laminating tapes have specially formulated adhesive; designed to wrap securely around curved surfaces with a minimum diameter of 3mm.

Our Pro Tape has been designed to be a perfect team with our range of label printers for electricians. Opting for a Brother genuine supply label tape means you can be reassured they will deliver the best possible results together – which are compliant and efficient.

DIY Home Christmas Décors and Ornaments

DIY Home Christmas Décors and Ornaments

Started doing your Christmas decorations yet?

Christmas is definitely not complete without decorations and ornaments at home. Surely these décors make a big difference to every place, giving it a jovial and holiday feels.

While some of us have kept the materials used in the previous years, some still prefer using fresh, new and more customized ones. Buying new decorative stuffs every year will certainly leave your wallet a bit thinner, especially when you go to malls and end up buying unplanned materials. Brother here is to the rescue with your Christmas preparations, making sure you will achieve those decorations in mind with available tools and machines.

We have listed some DIY Home Décors and Ornaments you might want to try at home:

Christmas Cards

Although we can now simply wish our family and friends through phone calls, SMS or online platforms, some folks are still thrilled to receive Christmas cards with our handwritten greetings on them. It’s definitely a very traditional yet lovely gesture that nobody can ignore.

If you are planning for a Christmas get-together, you can send your family and friends invitation cards to let them know how you want their presence at the gathering. I bet it would be difficult for them to say no once they receive a physical and personal invite.

Apart from greetings and invitations, you can also utilize the cards for decoration. For minimalists or those living in a tiny room but would like to set that Christmas vibe, you can try printing different cards and stick them to your wall or door to make a Christmas tree pattern. Definitely worth a try especially if Christmas tree is out of your budget.

Brother Creative Center has got hundreds of free and ready-to-print templates to help you kickstart your greetings or decoration projects easier. You can also find customizable templates where you can add images, texts or any other content you wish to.

Christmas Buntings

Buntings are probably one of the easiest yet captivating ornaments you may consider when decorating your home. Since they are usually hanged from the ceiling or at the top edge of walls or doors, they surely give a lively and festive touch to a room. Plus, these are the first thing people probably notice when they enter your home so why not make it?

You can use different patterns and colors and put names or images to add more fun and to give it a personal touch.

Christmas Tree BuntingChristmas Star Bunting

Gift Boxes & Wraps

Who does not love wrapping Christmas presents? For some, this is one of the activities we look forward to during Christmas. We spend hours and hours listing names of receivers and wish lists, shopping and packing gifts.

While it may seem to be convenient to purchase gift bags and boxes from your favorite shops, nothing beats personalized and own-made gift packaging. Not only does it give you the freedom to work on whatever design you want but you can also add a personal touch to it. You can make non-traditional packaging such as a house-like or an animal-like boxes and so much more.

Snow Flake Gift BoxChristmas Gift Tags

For this activity, you will need plain or craft papers, cardboards or just about any material you prefer; as long as it will wrap or pack the gift properly. You may add ribbons or craft threads and if you still want to make it more special and personal; use a topper or a gift card. Brother Creative Center offers a variety of Christmas gift box ideas, gift tags and toppers for free and ready to print. Go ahead and explore your creativity and don’t forget to involve your family too for added fun.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

A Christmas tree is not complete without the lights and ornaments. If you are considering something new and more fun this year; you may want to skip on the typical hangers like socks, stars and Christmas balls. Instead create your own customized ornaments such as snowflakes, snowman, Christmas tree, reindeer and just about anything you can imagine.

Gingerbread House OrnamentSnow Flake Ornament

You probably think that this activity will eat a lot of your time cutting, putting pieces together, etc. But with proper tools and guides, you can easily carry through without so much hassle. Brother Creative Center has got your back for various templates with guides on how to execute the design.

To help with the cutting, the Brother ScanNCut SDX1200 craft cutting machine would be your best buddy. This machine also has built-in designs and guides to help you accomplish the desired templates. You can also check Brother CanvasWorkspace for more designs and guides for this project.

Again, don’t forget to involve the kids or your friends too to make it more fun. 😊

Christmas Party Hat & Photo Props

Party hats are never out during celebrations. No matter what your age is, this piece always brings additional excitement to every attendee.

This is also one of the few stuffs you can easily make at home. You just need some cardboard or any quality paper. Print the design and follow the guides on how to properly put it together.

To make the party more fun, try setting up a photo backdrop or use photo props whenever you capture images of you and your visitors. This will definitely make them remember this moment with you every time they see the photos.

Christmas Party HatChristmas Photo Props

With a few weeks left before Christmas, you can still make the prepration something different and more fun.

Do you want to discover the other DIY projects you can do with the SDX1200? Learn more here:

Professional Embroidery Machine: Turning Hobbies Into Businesses

Turn Hobby into Business - Professional Embroidery Machines

In an era when most people are dependent on technology, finding a hobby that is nowhere related to the internet, mobile, computer, or other online apps has become a challenge. However, there are people who still find old hobbies enjoyable up to this date. We are talking about embroidery.

Embroidery is the art of applying different sewing techniques to create intricate designs on any textile. It is used to customize fabrics or clothing with names, characters, or just about any design.

In the early years, people do embroidery by hand, but with the continuous technological advancements, embroidery machines were developed. Both hand and machine-made embroideries can give the same result as long as patterns or guides are followed; but with a machine, it is obviously faster and easier especially for businesses.  

Over the years, embroidery machines have undergone innovations; adding up different advanced features to meet the continuous and progressing needs of the users. These improvements allow operators to utilize the machine not only for personal; but for commercial purposes and eventually make a business out of it.

Professional embroidery machine for business

For a simple hobbyist, a professional embroidering machine is not a necessity. However, if you are planning to take that hobby to the next level and start your own business, this article might help you decide easier.

Advantages of Professional Embroidery Machines in an Embroidery Business

Accuracy and Uniformity of Designs

Professional Embroidery Machines create uniform and accurate designs in every clothing. Imagine you are producing more than one garment or bulk order with the same design. Bet it wouldn’t be nice to see inaccuracies in details for every piece made.

Since manual embroidering involves drawing a pattern for every piece; it is impossible to eliminate human error especially if you are preparing a bulk order. With Brother’s professional embroidery machines that come with state-of-the-art features and easy-to-use technology; hobbyists and entrepreneurs can now do embroidery of unlimited garments with more accuracy and excellent quality.


Just like any other machine, one of the most obvious reasons for using a professional embroidery machine is its efficiency; especially for businesses. Although hand embroidering can also give the same output, it is very evident that using the machine helps to significantly reduce the production period; allowing you to create more in less time.

Apart from this, you can eliminate manual tracing on every garment; which is a huge relief and a time saver, especially for bulk orders.

Increased Productivity

Most embroidery businesses trade manual labor for machines despite the huge investment in the initial stage. One obvious reason is that machines can significantly increase productivity in a short time; therefore it can reduce your total cost of ownership in the long run.

With embroidery machines, users get to spend less time supervising the production process; reducing the downtime for changing threads, adjusting the fabric, etc. At a switch of a button, the time for prolonged processes can easily be eliminated and turned into productivity.

Instant Changes are Possible

For manual embroidering, even minor changes can mean additional tasks and resources. The worst is that some alterations would require going through the same procedures from the beginning.

Brother’s professional embroidery machines come with advanced and digital features that allow making variations hassle-free. Like the PR680W Commercial Embroidery Machine, which has a 10.1” built-in HD LCD display with large icons; allowing you to make on-screen editing in a snap.

Different application of professional embroidery machines

Unlimited Creativity

Sometimes, not having the proper and sufficient resources can limit your creativity; as you will have doubts about your capacity to deliver the required design.

With our range of professional embroidery machines, you will be confident to produce the exact design you dream of. This helps you explore more and stretch your creativity further.

In addition, our professional embroidery machines come with hundreds of built-in designs. Monogramming, frame pattern combinations, and various buttonhole styles are some other features to help you create your next projects.

Brother Embroidery Machines with Professional Results

A professional embroidery machine may not be all hobbyist’s cup of tea; but it surely is a perfect buddy if you are planning to take that hobby to the next level. Brother’s range of professional embroidery machines includes:

  • PR680W – a 6-needle embroidery machine with wireless capability;
  • PR1055X – the most innovative 10-needle embroidery machine with an extra-large work area ready for your bigger projects;
  • VR – the new single needle machine combining commercial features and easy-to-use technology.

These machines are all well-designed to help you kickstart your own business with high-quality products, hassle-free!

How to Connect Your Printer to the WiFi Network

How to connect your printer to the WIFI network

In a fast-paced working environment, having an efficient workflow and reliable office equipment are extremely important to keep up with the demanding workloads and to ensure maximum productivity.

Printers, for example, have been an integral part of every office and even at home. With the continuous advancement of technology over the years, regular wired printers have already undergone so many improvements – and one of which is their “wireless” feature.

Wireless printers have been changing the looks and workflow of offices. One of the best and the most obvious advantages that most people like about wireless printers is the freedom from wires and cables, cutting down the potential risk of fires due to electrical faults. Apart from this, wireless printers allow multiple connections, therefore, the need to connect and disconnect the printer from every user when needed has been eliminated.

Brother Wireless Printers

Whether you are looking for a guide to kickstart your new wireless printer or link your devices, we have a step-by-step guide for you.

Setting up Brother Machine on a WiFi Network

1. Find the WiFi Network Settings of your Wireless Router or Access Point

Look for the current wireless network settings which includes the network name (SSID or ESSID) and the network key (Security Key or Encryption Key) and note them down.

You can normally find these pieces of information on the base or side of your wireless router or access point.

WiFi SSID and Password - Wireless Printer Set Up

2. Configure the settings of the Brother Machine

After locating the WiFi network settings of your wireless router or access point, you can start the set-up the Brother machine following these steps:

How to connect wireless printer to WiFi network

3. Download and Install your Brother Machine’s software

After setting up your Brother machine, install the full driver and software package from this page – The software is available for both Windows and Mac.

When the connection of your Brother machine to the WiFi network is done, you can now link your devices to the printer for an easier and more convenient printing experience.

Connecting your Computer/Laptop to a Wireless Printer

Different devices and models have different methods of connecting to a wireless printer. For a non-tech savvy, doing the process may be a bit challenging, but note that setting up is only done once, so the next time you use your printer, it will be just a piece of cake. 😊

Here is the detailed procedure on how to connect your device to the printer.

1. Connect your device to the same Wifi network your printer is connected to.

2. Go to Windows Start Menu then look for Settings.

Windows settings - Wireless Printers

3. Choose Devices, then select Printers and Scanners.

Windows settings - Wireless Printers

4. Add a Printer or Scanner and wait for your computer to scan the available machines.

5. Click your printer’s name and Add the Device. The selected printer will be added to the list of your printers.

6. To test if it works properly, you can run a test print on your selected device.

Connecting your Android to a Wireless Printer

With the everyday rush, some people also opt to connect their mobile device to a wireless printer for fast, convenient, and highly accessible printing. This helps them save and maximize their time for more important tasks.

To connect, make sure your wireless printer and Android phone are connected to the same Wifi network.

1. Go to your device’s settings.

2. Since printing settings option is in different locations depending on the device, it might be advisable to type “printing” on the search bar itself to make it easier for you to locate it.

3. Click “Printing” to open the menu and allow you to select a print service plugin.

4. Though most Android models come with a default print service plugin; Brother has its own plugin you can install from Google Play Store – Brother Print Service Plugin.

Wireless printing at home

5. Once installed, select the Brother print service plugin, and you can begin printing. Fortunately, some devices have the option to print preview.

Connecting your iOS device using AirPrint

If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, this means that your device is running Apple’s iOS; and that you have the access to your device’s integrated mobile printing feature called AirPrint. This feature allows iOS devices to send print jobs directly to a compatible Brother machine.

Here’s how it works:

1. Determine if your device is compatible with AirPrint. You can check compatibility here by inputting your device’s mobile name or number – Downloads, Manuals & FAQs | Brother Gulf.

2. Open the file you want to print by tapping the curved arrow, share or tab icon.

3. Select the Print option. Your device will automatically search for printers connected to your network.

4. Select your chosen device and choose additional options such as number of copies, color or duplex printing.

5. Click the Print button in the top right corner to initiate printing.

To meet the never-ending demands of users and constant development of printers; Brother delivers wide range of wireless printers designed to handle jobs from simple home printing to high-volume printing in offices.

Brother’s variety of wireless printers come in multiple functions (print, scan, copy and fax); like the MFC-L3750CDW Color LED Printer and MFC-2340DW A3 Inkjet Printer. In addition, MFC-2340DW supports printing of wide documents up to A3 paper size; making it a very good option for businesses printing posters, banners, brochures, etc.

Brother MFC-L3750CDW Color LED Printer with Wireless Connectivity

As for home use and even for small offices, the Brother DCP-T520W Ink Tank Printer can be a good match. It has print, scan and copy functions for an effective and continuous collaboration and production of any document. It’s wireless, compact, and (most importantly) affordable features make it your perfect printing buddy.

Please check our pages about wireless printers and technical support for more information.

Getting the Most Out of Your Printer’s Consumables

Maximizing Your Printer’s Consumables and Eliminating Wastage

A lot of us have already embraced the work-from-home set-up. Besides the most common equipment like computers and laptops, some have already invested on printer for higher productivity and efficiency.

While this trend has increased over the past years, it’s likely that your consumables and printing cost have also increased drastically. Not to mention the added waste of those empty ink or toner cartridges that you simply throw out once they run dry.

Well, here’s the good news – there are several ways you can get the most out of your consumables.

We will share some handy tips to maximize your consumables, keep your running costs low and more importantly, reduce waste!

Ensure your printer fits your needs!

If you have not decided on the type of printer to buy yet, then this is the time for you to consider and answer these questions to make sure you will make the right choice.

  1. Type of document you expect to print. Are they in color or monochrome?
  2. Print volume. How many pages a month do you expect to print?
  3. Does the multifunction device support cloud connectivity or include scanning features that allow you to digitize your work?

Remember that making the wrong decision in terms of printers and consumables can result in paper and toner or ink wastage. This will leave you with an increase in running costs and worse, damage to the environment.

Do our printers have sustainability features?

Our printers feature a technology that allows you to print smarter and in a way that reduces your printing cost and the wastage of consumables.

For instance, you can opt to print in draft mode, in monochrome or black and white when printing internal documents with simple texts, and when color ink is not necessary. Some of our MFCs also have a toner save function that allows you to save toner when printing this type of document.

You can also maximize the page by using both sides to minimize the use of paper. This is particularly cost-efficient when printing high volume of documents.

Lastly, our printers have the option to keep them in eco mode, sleep, or deep sleep to avoid unnecessary electricity consumption when not in use.

Ever considered high-yield cartridges for your machine?

Purchasing high-yield cartridges may be a bit expensive on the initial investment. However, with the number of pages you can print and the less frequency you need to change the cartridges, you can significantly reduce your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) in the long run.

Remember as well to wait until the cartridges are completely empty before you replace them. Some printers will give a warning before the ink or toner comes to its end. But guess what? you do not need to rush to replace them. In fact, you can do a quick check-up by taking the cartridge out and giving it a little shake to distribute the remaining powder inside. You may be surprised how many more printouts you can produce before they actually run out! 😊

What Value-Added Benefits you can offer to the Workflow?

With the continuous adaptation of the work-from-home set-up by most companies, the digitalization of documents and automation of process workflows have also been embraced tremendously. These changes allow the employees to work effectively even in a remote setting.

Brother MFCs can help with more than just printing your documents. With its added features such as cloud connectivity and advanced scanning capabilities, they can very well help with digitizing documents. This allows you to not only work with continued efficiency but to also minimize the usage of your consumables.


It has been a usual practice by most of us to simply throw cartridges when they ran out. The heavy metals composing the cartridges badly pollute the soil and water, and it takes hundreds of years for a single cartridge to decompose. Unfortunately, 375 million empty cartridges are not recycled, thrown, and left in landfills every year. Imagine how many centuries it will take for all those to decompose?

The good news is, there is actually a responsible way to dispose of your empty cartridges without damaging our environment. You just have to exert a little effort to release that desire and commitment to help save the earth.

Brother is a proud sponsor and full funding partner of the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark recycling program. The program provides you with a free, convenient, environmentally accredited, and guaranteed way to recycle used printer cartridges.

To learn more about Brother Group’s commitment to realizing a sustainable society, please visit

How to Improve your Creativity Skill

Creativity is finding new and innovative solutions to problems. Although this trait is not something inherent, the good news is that people can still improve this skill with practice, consistency, and persistence.

Doing things you love is important in cultivating your passion and imagination. At the same time, it helps in releasing stress. Some of us find our thing in music, sports, fashion, and movies. Some in doing arts and crafts. With the everyday hassle in your personal and professional life, how can you optimize and improve your creativity skill?

This article will help you revive and develop your creative skill with some simple and smart moves:

Practice Mindful Observation

Go out and sit somewhere. Look around you and notice your surroundings using all your senses. You will be surprised how much observation you can make by doing this exercise.

Try to focus on the things you are passionate about and keep an eye on how things work. Have an open mind and acknowledge all the possibilities you can think of on how you can do better and what you want to do more in this area.

Set Your Creative Time

While searching for resources, Brother Creative Center is a good source of reference with thousands of free customizable templates to help you kickstart your next craft. You can find lots of inspiration here –

Creative DIY Halloween crafts

Get Rid of your Fear of Failure

Creating your craft allows you to be creative and to express yourself in different ways using whatever resources available. It gives you the freedom to do what you want, make mistakes, and resolve them.

Remember that part of improving yourself is making mistakes, so don’t be scared and just keep going on until you accomplish whatever you imagined of with your craft.

During this process, be flexible, patient, and open to all alterations and possibilities. Try to stick with what you want to achieve but allow yourself to explore too.

Look for Innovative Ways and Products to Help with Your Crafts

Creativity involves looking for innovative ways to solve problems and to make things better and easier. You may find scraps or some secondhand materials valuable and use different tools and machines to help you create your crafts with ease. However you want them done, that’s a good jumpstart to creating something new!

Just like the Brother ScanNCut SDX1200, this machine makes cutting different types of materials from vinyl and card to soft fabrics and leathers easier, allowing you to create a huge variety of home décor, gifts, and materials for your home or office – completely personalized!

This innovative cutting solution is ideal for sewists, scrapbookers, or any other hobbyists who do a lot of cutting for their crafts. Simply scan the photo or hand-drawn sketch and let the SDX1200 do the exact perfect cutting for you.

Say goodbye to the time and energy-consuming manual cutting for your craft!

Brother SDX1200 Craft Cutting Machine

Display and Use your Crafts

One of the best ways to motivate you to create your crafts is to see their value and actually use them.  Some of your crafts may not be display-worthy or perfect for others to see but doing this will surely increase your passion and interest in your craft, therefore improving your creativity more!


Creativity is not an innate skill. It takes time and effort to grow and nurture.

The key is to start doing it and not be afraid of taking risks. Stay consistent, persistent, and keep searching for solutions and products that will allow you to achieve what you want and express your creativity.

Remember that creativity is a skill, and it takes time and practice to progress. You will realize your potential and nurture your creativity once you start to form something. 

Maximize your Kid’s Time and Creativity for School Projects and Crafts

ScanNCut SDX1200

So, the new school year has commenced, and your kids have started meeting new friends, teachers, and have started working on a bunch of homework and projects.

While your kids probably have ample time to work on school projects, this is not the case all the time. When faced with lots of tasks especially those involving crafting in a limited time, they may tend to panic which results in a decrease in their creativity level and efficiency.

The question is, how can you help make the most of the kids’ time doing their crafts and projects? While you also have tons on your plate, it’s a bit difficult to lend your full arms too to get them to get things done. Should they compromise the quality of their work? Should they keep their creativity down to keep up with school deadlines?

The answer is NO! In fact, this is the time when kids are supposed to be more imaginative, efficient, and productive.

See it, Scan it, Cut it, Create it! Unleash your creativity with Brother ScanNCut!

Is there any product that can help save your kid’s time when doing crafts and projects?

Over the years, studying has become a bit more convenient, thanks to the continuous technological advancement. The majority have invested in laptops or computers, and some even have their own printer at home for more ease.

Although printers also help with crafts and projects, there are tons of other ways to show creativity than just printing. When kids create their craft, we often see them spending enormous time cutting designs, shapes, letters, etc. With this eating up most of their time, they tend to park other important tasks. Or sometimes, they would choose a simpler and easier way to get them done.

If you keep searching for a solution to save some of your kid’s time while doing their crafts, you will find that products that can make cutting for craft materials easier are already available on the market, like the Brother ScanNCut SDX1200. How much ever creative your kids want to be for personal or school works, the possibilities are endless and the process more efficient.

With the Brother ScanNCut SDX 1200, you can forget the exhausting hand-cutting behind for good. This product simply uses the built-on 600 dpi scanner to scan any image, photo or hand-drawn sketch, and it will automatically cut the exact shapes or outline you want using paper or fabric. In a matter of minutes, you can easily bring your designs to life.

You can check the DIY crafts you can do with a Brother ScanNCut here.

Get that Best Budget-friendly Printer for your Home with these Tips

Get that Best Budget-friendly Printer for your Home with these Tips

If you are reading this, we assume that you are a professional working from home, or you have kids with lots of printing requirements, and you are thinking of getting yourself your own printer at home.

With your busy schedule, going somewhere else for printing needs might be a hassle, especially if you frequently need them. Like many others, using your time efficiently for more important chores is preferable.

Owning a printer could cost you a bit initially, but it will save you time, energy, and money in the long run. Besides, there are hundreds of affordable printers on the market nowadays, so you don’t need to worry too much financially to get one!

So, how do you choose the best budget-friendly printer for your home?

In this guide, you will learn the key and quality factors to consider in choosing the best budget-friendly printer for your home.

Choosing a Budget-friendly Printer for your Home

When you think of buying just about anything, including a printer, price is the first thing you will consider. You will surely look for the cheapest in the market, sometimes overlooking and compromising the quality.

But is the price the most considerable factor when buying a printer? Remember that a printer is more of an investment, expecting it to give you some returns or at least help you save some money after some time.

Instead of the cheapest, go for a printer that gives the best value for your money while solving your printing needs.

To get the best value for money from your printer, you should also look for the following features and functions:

  • Single or Multiple function
  • Monochrome or Color Printer
  • Type and cost of printer (Laser or Inkjet)
  • Cost of ink and toner cartridges
  • Page yield
Multifunction printer

Single or Multifunction

­Printers come in different quality, features and multiple functions such as scanning, faxing and copying. When deciding to choose between a single function or a multifunction printer, always take into consideration your need for the other functions beyond just printing.

If you simply need a printer and not the other features, then go ahead and save yourself some money. For this purpose, Brother HL-L2375DW may likely be your cheapest and best option.

On the other note, if you think you would also require fax machine, scanners or photocopier, then it may be more cost-effective to buy all in one printer like the Brother DCP-L3551CDW Multifunction LED Laser Printer instead of buying them individually.

Monochrome or Color Printer

Monochrome printer is obviously significantly less expensive than color laser printer as it is limited to generating only black and white printouts compared to multi-colored prints that a color printer can produce.

The decision to buy either mono or color printer simply boils down to what type of document you assume to print. If you mostly print simple text documents or black and white images, then it is wise to keep your costs low by choosing a monochrome printer like DCP-L2550DW. However, if you produce pictures, brochures, flyers, and other promotional materials, then a color printer such as DCP-T520W would be the most suitable option for you.

Type and Cost of Printer (Laser or Inkjet Printer)

Laser printer or Inkjet printer are both good options for home use. Once again, it all depends on your requirements as the other type may be more appropriate than the other in some ways or features.

To help you understand better, here is a cost comparison of these two printers:

Printer Cost

Inkjet printers use liquid ink from separate ink cartridges or internal ink tank and are expelled onto the paper. On the other hand, laser printers use toner powders which are melted onto the paper to add colors.

Generally, Inkjet printers are less expensive than laser printers. However, although a laser printer is more expensive on the initial investment, the features such as exceptional speed and lower printing cost, make up for its initial investment and still make it a value for money option in the long run.

Cost of Ink and Toner Cartridge

Cost of Ink and Toner Cartridges

One of the critical factors to consider when buying a printer is the cost of the ink or toner cartridges.

While inkjet printers are cheaper than laser printers, the ink cartridges of inkjet printers are relatively more expensive than the toner cartridges of laser printers. However, several factors affect the printing cost so you will have to consider the document type and printing frequency.

Assuming you will be printing frequently and in high volume, Brother DCP-L3551CDW Laser Printer is the best and value for money option for you as it requires affordable toners. And since toner cartridges are in dry powder form, laser toners last longer than ink cartridges, thus, you can avoid unnecessary wastage when left unused for long.

Whereas, if printing is an occasional task for you, then an inkjet printer may be a better choice. To help you save even more, some like DCP-T420W come with an internal ink reservoir that can be easily refilled. Keep in mind though that if left unused over a prolonged period, dried ink might cause issues to the printer.

Page Yield

So what exactly is page yield?

Page yield is the approximate number of pages you can print with a cartridge. When buying a printer, you need to consider and compare the page yield to minimize your overall printing budget. You can easily find this information on online catalogs, or on the boxes of the cartridges.

Page yield is usually based on a 5% page coverage, which means a page worth of short paragraphs or emails. Hence, if you are printing more full-bodied prints or a full-page color photo, then the page yield will decrease. Remember that the actual number of prints changes depending on the volume and the type of documents to print.

In general, laser toner cartridge has a higher page yield than an inkjet cartridge. A toner cartridge can print roughly 3,000 to 20,000 pages, whereas an ink cartridge can do between 135 to 1,000.

If high page yield is your requirement, consider the DCP-T220 Ink Tank Printer, which offers 7,500 page yield.

Tips for Extra Money-saving Printer Functions

When searching for the best budget-friendly printer, try to consider other important features and look for some “hidden” extra values. This way, not only do you get the cheapest, but the most value for money printer.

Apart from the main features, printers can also help you save electricity, ink, and paper. Like the HL-L3270CDW that has a deep sleep mode so you can use it more efficiently. Or the DCP-T720DW with an auto-duplexing capability eliminating the hassle of turning the paper manually – saves you more time too!


There is actually no “best” budget-friendly printer on the market as it will always come down to what you need. However, with these tips and information, you can now make a well-informed decision about your new printer!

Industrial printers growth, trends and forecasts: What is driving the demand?

Industrial Label Printers for Manufacturing

Barcode labelling volumes have increased significantly in recent years, especially as the market sees growing consumer dependence on, and preference for, ecommerce channels, and serialization programs in pharmaceutical, automotive and food and beverage manufacturing sectors continue to expand.

Serialized products promote supply chain consistency and enhance overall visibility with the ability to track-and-trace using assigned serial numbers. At the same time, ecommerce volumes are higher than ever before.

Consumers today expect the perfect order with the fastest possible delivery 100% of the time, placing tremendous pressure on organizations in the industrial supply chain to ensure labelling accuracy and legibility while also efficiently managing escalating labelling volumes. Strategic technology investments will be essential to improving organizations’ overall workflow efficiencies and order fulfillment rates.

The need for unique (and accurate) product identification, and serialization as a result of it, is greater than ever before because of elevated shipping and receiving volumes, driving a resurgence in investments in reliable industrial label printers for high-volume applications.

A substantial increase in barcoding volumes will drive investments in industrial printers, which are designed to support labeling applications in high-throughput environments. VDC’s research shows that demand is particularly strong among organizations in industrial/manufacturing and transportation/logistics verticals for this specific form factor.

What is driving investments in industrial label printers?

The top five key drivers contributing to rise in demand for industrial label printers are:

1. Need for barcode labelling in the post-pandemic world is more pronounced

The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in a surge of online demand for all types of products, even as global supply chains experienced massive disruptions. Businesses pivoted to online order fulfillment during the pandemic in 2020, increasing their reliance on industrial printers for applications like shipping and receiving, inventory and asset management, and picking and packing list requirements in the warehouse. Business is now as busy as, if not busier than, what has historically been associated with peak capacity at warehouses and fulfillment centers. This makes it essential for organizations to take stock of inventory, track product movement through the supply chain, and facilitate last-mile traceability.

Organizations participating in a recently-conducted VDC survey highlighted the following as the label types driving maximum labelling volumes across a variety of application environments:

  • Manufacturing – Finished Goods Labels (28%), Shipping Labels (28%), Item/Product Labels (12%)
  • Retail – Item/Product Labels (40%), Shipping Labels (16%), Picking Lists (12%), Tickets/Tags (12%)
  • Transportation and Logistics – Shipping Labels (56%), Picking Lists (16%), Item/Product Labels (8%)

2. Industrial label printers maintain their position as the solution-of-choice in the industrial supply chain

High-volume applications in manufacturing and distribution rely extensively, and almost exclusively, on industrial printers with ruggedized metal bodies and long durability for their ability to create long-lasting and sturdy labels. VDC’s conversations with organizations having existing industrial printer deployments show that this class of printers demonstrates minimal risk of breakdown, superior print quality (regardless of how many labels are printed in one go or even tough ambient conditions), and strongest overall performance. Print performance considerations are paramount investment drivers, especially in rugged environments, as detailed below:

  • Print quality – label quality is of paramount importance especially given the high cost of chargebacks and other fines due to inability to read barcode labels and related errors. With serialization efforts and the adoption of data-rich barcodes (such as GS1 DataMatrix) and on-demand, variable information printing, the pressures on print quality are only increasing.
  • Printer durability – given the harsh environments these printers are subjected to, it is extremely important for the printer body to be hard-wearing and be able to withstand the elements – particularly dust, dirt, grime, and rough handling.

3. Industrial printer deployments and investments not restricted to rugged environments

Retailers have seen their labelling processes undergo a significant change with omnichannel strategies revamping their operational and technology requirements. Parcel and pallet labelling, as well as direct-store-delivery (DSD), creation of micro-fulfillment centers, and buy online pickup in store (BOPIS) options will drive demand for industrial label printer hardware for businesses in this vertical. Labelling requirements and volumes within stockrooms are at higher levels than ever seen before, prompting businesses in this vertical to make strategic investments in industrial printing solutions—both within their stores as well as in warehouses.

4. Compliance mandates necessitating adoption

Organizations’ concerted efforts to improve their traceability initiatives and maintain compliance with constantly changing customer, government, and industry regulatory mandates, like in life sciences and food and beverage, will drive industrial label printer adoption and growth. Coupled with relevant software applications, such investments will help them automate the labelling process in order to minimize error incidence and regulatory violations.

5. Price affordability opening up the market to a larger population

Vendors have expanded their industrial printer product portfolio in recent release cycles to also offer mid-range options for organizations to choose, which opens up investment options for a larger segment of the population. That said, users understand the price premium associated with investment in this class of printers that are highly ruggedized and durable, designed to validate use for high-label-volume applications.

Industrial label printers are part of the bigger picture

No one piece of hardware is a complete solution in itself. Static data labels compound confusion and increase errors in today’s highly dynamic production/supply chain environments. The potential for mislabelling increases with reliance on static databases and/or label templates, especially as it becomes challenging to edit, manage, and update various versions, ultimately leading to labelling errors.

Labelling is now mission-critical to organizations’ overall supply chain management and traceability initiatives, which places greater emphasis on labelling automation with certified integration to sources of truth for data—such as various enterprise application systems.

Organizations are keen to address their gaps in visibility—from raw material sourcing through production and global distribution—and are taking significant steps to gain better insights into product movement through the supply chain. As traceability standards get more stringent across industries businesses are placing stronger demand for dynamic solutions that can be tightly integrated with disparate systems to promote collaboration and consistency across globally distributed locations.

With industrial printer adoption and deployment scaling new heights, VDC expects organizations to increasingly evaluate ways by which to ensure that their investments are scalable and can seamlessly integrate with backend systems of record. In addition, with the lifespan of industrial label printers often exceeding 6+ years, the need for strong lifecycle support – including remote management and monitoring tools – are critical requirements for product selection and investment.

Globalization is transforming how organizations view technology investments. Businesses now require ruggedized stationary printer hardware that can withstand the rigors of industrial environments (across the globe), evaluating options along their relative ability to print thousands of labels per day in high-volume use cases. Consumers’ faster delivery expectations will also push the need for dynamic, high-volume label printing solution investments for asset tracking, inventory accuracy, and end-to-end visibility through the last mile.

Learn more about Brother’s industrial label printers.

Not Sure Which Color Printer Suits You Best? Here is Your Printer Buying Guide

What to Consider When Buying a Color Printer

Decided to take the leap and invest in a color printer for your home or small office?

Perhaps you’ve created a gorgeous work of digital art and wish to share it with the world by displaying your art in your home. Or maybe you feel that having the right color images can help to improve the impact of your work documents or presentations.

But how do you choose the best color printer to meet both your professional and personal needs? After all, there are literally thousands of different color printers out there.

The good news? Color printers have evolved over the past few years—many models now offer superior photo-quality print results and convenient state-of-the-art features—so you are totally spoilt for choice. You will also be glad to know that most color printers today include multiple functions like copying, faxing and scanning

Types of color printers

When searching for a color printer, it’s generally a toss-up between an inkjet printer or a laser printer. This decision largely hinges upon what you print and how often you print.

Let’s consider inkjet printers first.

1. Qualities of an inkjet color printer

An inkjet printer is a type of printer that works by expelling ink droplets onto paper. Such printers use liquid ink from individual color ink cartridges or internal ink tank reservoir, which are then expelled through separate nozzles—each one spraying a different color of ink.

Pros of an inkjet color printer:

  • Affordability

Cost is one of the biggest advantages of color inkjet printers. Even the least expensive inkjet printers are able to produce images with great quality.

If price is a top-of-mind concern for you, then an inkjet printer would be your best bet for budget-friendly color printing in a home/small office setting.

  • Excellent Print Quality

As we have alluded to above, the advancement of ink technology has enabled inkjet printers to provide high-quality output for both images and text. Due to their finer and smoother colors and detailing, inkjet printers are built for high-resolution photo printing.

With the level of quality of most color inkjet printers today, it can be difficult to differentiate between a professionally-printed photograph and one that’s been printed using your inkjet printer – especially when printing on photo paper!

  • Smaller Footprint

Inkjet color printers also tend to be more compact in size in comparison to laser color printers. Even inkjet printers that are multi-functional do not have a large footprint. This makes them suitable for homes or workplaces that have tight spaces. 

Cons of an inkjet color printer:

  • Slower Speed

Most inkjet printers are designed for low-volume printing. Thus they may take longer to churn out large print jobs.   

The slower print speed of inkjet printers, however, is slightly mitigated by the fact that an inkjet printer can start printing as soon as the printer is turned on, without needing any warm-up time.

2. Qualities of a color laser printer

Color laser printers combine the speed of traditional monochrome laser printers with the ability to print in color. In laser printers, color is added to the page by melting toner powder onto paper.

The initial cost of laser printers may be higher than inkjet printers. Likewise, the toner cartridges used in laser printers are also pricier than the inks used in inkjet printers. However, color laser printers could still be an economical option in the long run thanks to their lower cost per page and faster print speeds.

Here is a breakdown of the main advantages and disadvantages of color laser printers.

Pros of a color laser printer:

  • Faster print speeds

Laser printers are traditionally built for speed (around 50 pages per minute!) while inkjet printers print slower at about 16-28 pages per minute.

When comparing your printer’s pages per minute (ppm) rating, do bear in mind that such ratings usually depict printing under optimal conditions—usually with documents consisting of unformatted black text sent to the printer. Once factors such as document formatting, color, and images are thrown in, print speeds will tend to slow down.

  • Cheaper printing cost per page

Everyone knows that the higher upfront costs of laser printers and toner cartridges are partially offset by their lower cost per page. This is because laser toner cartridges can print significantly more pages than inkjet cartridges—even in color.

How do we calculate the cost per page?

Cost per page is the most accurate way of measuring your printer’s cost-efficiency. To calculate your printer cartridge’s cost per page, simply take the price of the cartridge and divide it by the expected page yield of one cartridge:

For black and white printing:

cost per page = cartridge price /  cartridge page yield

For color printing:

cost per page =(black cartridge price /  black page yield) +( 3x color cartridge price / color composite page yield) + (drum price / total composite page yield)

  • High-volume print jobs

Color laser printers are known to be workhorses—they simply come built with the capacity to quickly churn out large numbers of documents and pages.

  • Good color print quality 

With the technological advancements in laser printers, the quality of the color prints has seen vast improvements in recent years. As such, whether you’re printing photos for personal use or professional use, you can expect excellent color prints from your laser printer.

Cons of a color laser printer:

  •  More suited for document printing

Color lasers are designed for printing documents. While they can also handle graphics-and-text documents like brochures and newsletters, laser printers may not be optimal for printing photographs. 

  • Larger footprint

Due to their relatively larger footprint, color laser printers function best in larger offices and other professional work settings. If space is not an issue for you, you may want to consider color lasers for your printing needs even in your home.

Quick and Easy Tips To Improve Color Print Quality

How do professional photographers and designers create high-quality color prints? This is the million-dollar question that we will address in this next section.

Vibrant color yield (RGB to CMYK Color Variances)

There are two ways to print in color: RGB or CMYK.

RGB stands for Red, Green and Blue. The RGB color mode combines these base colors in varying quantities to form just about any color you can imagine. For example, if you want to create a yellow color, you would simply combine green and red.

CMYK works quite differently from RGB—here, the printer uses subtractive colors, or Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. In CMYK mode, all of the colors are subtractive which basically means that the more colors you add together, the darker the resulting color is going to be.

When printing documents on CMYK printers, do ensure that you are creating your documents in CMYK color mode. If they are not designed in CMYK, you can convert them to CMYK through a photo editing program such as Adobe Photoshop, or layout programs such as Quark Xpress or Adobe InDesign.

Print Resolution

Print resolution is measured in DPI (dots per inch). The more dots there are in an inch of paper, the sharper the resulting image. 

Your printer needs to have a resolution of 600 dpi in order to print high-quality documents (and 1200 dpi to achieve sharp, detailed images).

When shopping around for printers, you may notice that print resolution is always shown as a set of two numbers, for example 1200 x 3600 dpi. This means the maximum resolution of that printer is 1200 multiplied by 3600 dpi.

Paper Type

Substandard paper can result in substandard color print quality so be sure not to overlook this small but important factor! Frequently, print problems such as excessive color bleeding or color dullness are mainly due to low-quality paper.   

How to Choose the Right Color Printer

Now that you’ve learned the characteristics of both color inkjet and laser printers, your next task is to choose the best color printer for your use.

1. Print Quality

If you’re expecting to print a lot of photographs on glossy or matte photo paper, a color inkjet printer may be the best fit for you as the quality of the output is superior when photo paper is used.

However, if printing on plain printer paper, the print quality of a color laser printer is on par with an inkjet printer.

2. Print Volume

Color laser printers also work well if you need to churn out many documents per day—for most home printer buyers, this usually isn’t a dealbreaker as they normally only print a few documents every few days.

Thus, as you can see, the right color printer for you really boils down to your expected print usage and your preference in terms of print quality.

Types of Color Printers from Brother 

Considering getting an inkjet or laser color printer? Take a look at these recommended models from Brother.

1. Best for Affordability

affordable ink tank printer

The DCP-T420W is an affordable color inkjet printer that offers cost savings thanks to the ultra-high-yield ink bottles; which allow you to print 7,500 pages in black and 5,000 pages in color. It also delivers professional quality prints with crisp black text and vibrant detailed images.

2. Best for Features

Best all in one printer

The DCP-T520W combines multiple functions of printing, scanning and copying into one nifty printer. It uses the same ultra high yield ink bottles as the DCP-T420W; thereby allowing you to enjoy better page yields and lower costs per page.

3. Best for Efficiency

Fast Inkjet Printer

If you have a need for speed, the HL-T4000 might be your ideal choice for a printer. It features automatic 2-sided printing, prints up to A3 size, uses ultra high yield ink bottles; and is able to print up to 22 images per minute or 35 pages per minute (in fast mode).

4. Best for Versatility and Overall Performance

Versatile and Fast Business Printer

Brother’s latest inkjet Multifunction Printers (MFPs) MFC-J3940DW delivers business-class performance at a reasonable price. With low printing costs, you can print high volumes without constantly worrying about your bottom line. Moreover, it also offers borderless A3 paper printing capabilities, so you can expand and showcase your work without having to lose any details.

5. Best for Speed

Fast color laser printer

Brother’s color laser all-in-one MFC-L9570CDW delivers excellent color performance with fast print/scan speeds. Moreover, it also offers lower cost thanks to super and ultra high-yield toners. This intelligent multi-tasking printer features a dual CIS Automatic Document Feeder; allowing you to scan up to 80 sheets directed to your preferred medium. Additionally, it also comes with advanced security features.

6. Best for Home and Small Business

Best printer for home and small office

The Brother MFC-L3750CDW color laser printer delivers superior color performance and fast print and scan speeds; making it the perfect companion for your home or small business printing needs. This workhorse is able to boost your productivity with fast color print speeds of up to 24ppm.


Deciding on the best color printer for your home or office will depend on your specific printing needs; and the factors that stand out the most to you. 

We hope this detailed comparison between inkjet printers and color laser printers will help you to make the right buying decision for yourself!

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