As well as these two standalone applications, Brother integrates them with the three main modules in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Outlook. You can lift any name and address text directly from, say, a letterhead in Word or a contact list in Outlook, and print a label from it.
The applications aren't trivial and should be able to handle a reasonably sized database, so may be all you need to maintain contacts and post them information from a small business.
The QL-1060N is quick enough to print a label in a fraction of the second, so even if you're printing a decent run from a mailing list, it's not going to take long. With its thermal print head, the printer is commendably quiet, too, with the noisiest part of the process being the cutter, moving across to cut each label off the roll.
The labels are coated with a thermally-sensitive layer, which turns black when heated. The print head has a resolution of 300dpi and finished text is dark and dense, though with some jagged edges to curves and diagonals if you look closely. Paper labels are said to be fade resistant for up to a year and for most purposes, such as address labels, they will only need to last for a few days.
The printer can also handle plastic film tape for more permanent marking, though we haven't had the opportunity to test tape labels over a period of time, to check their fade resistance.
There are a number of different paper and film consumables available for the QL-1060N and they vary between £7.50 and £15 at Internet prices. This means a typical large address label will cost around 1.9p and a 100mm printed tape should be about 8.2p. These costs are both quite a bit less than from the Dymo LabelWriter Duo we tested last year.
This is a good, solid label printer for office or small warehouse use and is easy to set up and run. The supplied software bundle provides detailed control of label layout and the data you may want to merge to produce a mailshot. Neither the printer nor its consumables are particularly expensive in comparison with other label printers, though for large runs, sheets of laser or inkjet labels are still the cheapest option.