Now I have to admit that I’ve always wanted to get my hands on one of these printers. Even going back to childhood I can remember a much earlier version that seemed like the best thing. Dad had one at work and occasionally I’d get stuff labelled by it. Very exciting! Even today I like the idea of being able to label things neatly and being able to get to that organised state that I aspire to, but don’t get anywhere near.Times have moved on since the 1970s and 1980s and the handheld printer is a much more advanced beast. I was sent the Brother H105 to review and it’s a big step up from the printers I remember from childhood. Now you can use a range of fonts, styles and sizes to create your own custom labels. It’s pretty easy to set up to be honest. You open the back of the printer. This is really easy (no need for a screwdriver). You have to add 6 AAA batteries to work it. It is possible to buy an adaptor (separately) so you can use it plugged into the mains and to be honest I think I prefer that option for home use, although you would lose your portability. You pop in the tape cassette which goes in with a nice snapping into place type sound. You do need to make sure the end of the tape feeds under the tape guides. Then you close the back and you are good to go, so it’s pretty quick and easy to get started.
Next you have to go through a few set up tasks like setting a language and the units you wish to use (inches or mm). Then you enter your text using the keypad at the front. There are upper and lower case options and there are a range if accented characters available if you need to write any foreign words. You can adapt the label length. There are a range of templates and designs you can you for decoration like ‘pets’ and ‘kitchen’, plus you can try out fancy text styles. You can go large, small, bold, shadowed, italicised and more.
What can you use them for? Well I had in mind organising my storage jars and kitchen cupboards, plus making some labels for toy boxes for H. One idea that Brother suggests though is making cable ties. When you get a new cable for something, make it a label and you’ll never wonder if this is the lead for your camera ever again. I think we’ll be labelling food for the freezer too. No more taking pot luck with freezer meals.