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Gadget Guy review: Brother VC-500W label printer – look mum, no ink

05 August 2019
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The new Brother VC-500W label printer uses Zink – zero ink – which means all the colours are infused into the label stock.

While the Brother VC-500W label printer uses Zink zRoll (it increases the label prices a little), it means Brother can make a smaller unit capable of printing from 9-50mm wide – and no mess or fuss with ink or fading with thermal prints.

What is Zink?

Zink is becoming increasingly popular as print-on-the spot cameras (similar to Polaroids) and pocket printers. In fact, Zink technology started as a project inside Polaroid Corporation in the 1990s, which spun out Zink as a fully independent company in 2005.

The paper has several layers: a backing layer with optional pressure-sensitive adhesive, heat-sensitive layers with cyan, magenta and yellow dyes (colourless until heated) and overcoat.

Brother VC-500W Label Printer

It is a Wi-Fi/USB connected, Zink printer that can produce full CYM prints on zRoll stock from 9mm to 50mm wide and up to 5 metres long (it has an auto or manual cutter).

The labels are water, tear and smudge resistant and have an adhesive backing for most surfaces.


Read the full review on Gadget Guy website here.