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Brother QL-720NW preview: network label printer

Brother has introduced a label printer that you can connect to your network. Most label printers work the best when connected via USB directly to your PC, but the QL-720NW you can put in a central location. Anyone connected to the network, can print address labels with this Brother label printer.

The Brother QL-720NW can also be connected directly to a PC, and then it works like any label writer. It's the network feature that sets this label printer apart from the competition. It also has a Wi-Fi module, for wireless network connections. The price of around £105 is very reasonable, as label writers from other brands such as Dymo cost the same or more but do not have network functionality.

The Brother QL-720NW is a fairly large device, but with similar dimensions as many other label printers. Connectors include USB, ethernet and a serial port. The QL-720NW is compatible with PCs, Macs and mobile Android and iOS devices.

Like many other label printers, the QL-720NW is thermal printer. The ink is present in the label, and when heat is applied to the label by the printer, the print-out is created. The advantage is that you never have to change a cartridge or toner, but you're also limited to black and white.

You get two label rolls with the printer. One is 29 x 90.3mm, the other is a continuous length paper measuring 62 mm x 8 metres. Placing the label rolls in the printer is very simple, and more rolls can be ordered from Brother.

Brother includes software with the QL-720NW. The CD-ROM includes the drivers, a manual, the P-touch Editor, Address Book and Update Software. During our test we were unable to wirelessly connect with a Cisco Linksys E3200. You can read the rest of Brother QL-720NW preview on (opens in new tab).