Brother QL-1100c thermal printer review

A wide format label printer with top-notch resolution

Close up of a Brother QL-1100c thermal printer on a desk
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Brother QL-1100c is one of the best thermal printers on the market. With a fantastic 300 dpi resolution and wide format capability, it is possible to create large format labels that still look great. It struggles a little with graphical elements, and photos look a little streaky. On the other side, vector elements such as text or laser sharp. It's also remarkably quick, with the ability to print up to 69 labels per minute. The fact that cutting the labels is included in this printing time makes it truly impressive. The printer unit looks great, is made of robust materials, and has a high-end build quality. Thanks to its plug-and-play nature and easy-to-use software, I was up and running in no time at all although there's no wireless connectivity. This is a printer that will deliver time and again.


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    Plug and play

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    300dpi resolution

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    Fast print speeds


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    Can't print from mobile

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    Only prints mono

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The Brother QL-1100c has a top of the range specification that is matched by great build quality. 300 dpi ensures labels are printed at high resolution, with the ability to generate up to 69 labels every single minute. This is a mono only printer, and the wide format design makes it possible to accept rolls up to 4 inches wide. Operating system compatibility spreads across Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android.

This Brother printer accepts labels in a range of sizes, all the way up to 4 inches wide. At all sizes, it is possible to print up to 69 labels per minute. Each individual label is cut as part of the printing process. 

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CompatibilityWindows 2008+, macOS 10.11+, Linux, Android
Connects viaUSB-A
Speed69 labels per minute
Maximum paper size4 inches wide
Mono or colorMono
Dimensions22.1 x 17.02 x 14.99 cm

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Paul Hatton
Freelance tech writer

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine.