Brother P-touch D400

Test 04/2020

  • Brother P-touch D400 - front
  • Brother P-touch D400 - back
  • Brother P-touch D400 - left
  • Brother P-touch D400 - right
  • Brother P-touch D400 - boxed
  • Brother P-touch D400 - bottom
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  • Brother P-touch D400 - detail1
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  • Brother P-touch D400 - sample
Test seal: Brother P-touch D400, Rating 9.7

last modified: 16.03.2020, 13:42

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All rating criteria details:

Handling 25%
Range of functions 25%
Speed 20%
Print image 20%
Workmanship 10%
Tested by: Thomas

Thomas

Resumee

The Brother P-touch D400 is a very good device overall. It has an excellent print quality and convinces with the choice of different designs. The memory function and the large and therefore clearly arranged display are also plus points. The good impression is rounded off by the choice of different coloured ribbons and the excellent menu.

Pro

  • Good display
  • Many different tapes
  • Many frame and decoration settings
  • Vowel mutations directly available
  • Many fonts
  • High resolution

Cons

  • Relatively large and heavy
  • Large edge overhang
Many functions, very good display and menu and perfect print image.

Special features

The Brother P-touch D400 is a marking device for the table, but it can also be easily transported.

Appearance

The Brother labeller has a QWERTY keyboard. It also has numbers and German umlauts. Unfortunately, the keys are close together, but they are big and therefore easy to press.

Print result

The printing speed is very fast. In one second 14 mm are printed. Another advantage are its differently usable tapes. Between 3.5 mm and 18 mm, the user can choose the appropriate width. Different colours can also be chosen for the ribbons. Compared to other manufacturers, the original ribbons are in the middle range in terms of price.

The print quality of the device is excellent. Even fourteen fonts are available for selection, which can be stylistically modified. Even finished templates sorted by subject can be selected and printed immediately. In addition, over 600 special characters and symbols are available. The disadvantage is that a margin surplus of 24 mm remains per print. This is a lot compared to other devices.


Typeface of the P-touch D400
Typeface of the P-touch D400

Positive is the large display. It also shows how the label will then be printed.

Accessories for use

The device requires six AA batteries for operation. They are supplied with the purchase. The Brother P-touch D400 can even be operated with a power supply unit, which is not included in the delivery price, but can be purchased separately. The weight is 920 g including batteries and strap. So it is clear that it is better to keep it on the table when operating.

The menu is clearly arranged and well thought out. The logical structure makes it easy to find your way around. If you have questions, you can refer to the German manual, which is also convincing due to its clear structure.

Up to fifty templates can be saved and recalled when needed. The batteries can be changed without memory loss. But if the power is missing for a longer period of time, the memories are also deleted.

If you register online as a customer, Brother gives a three-year warranty on the device. However, this warranty is only valid if the original tapes are used. If other tapes are used, the warranty may be invalidated.

We have evaluated about 100 customer reviews on the Internet. In summary, we can say that about 90 percent of the buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are about 5 percent of the users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 90% positive and 5% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Various design options
  • The label is shown on the screen in advance, thus avoiding misprints
Manufacturer Brother
EAN 4977766752022
Scope of delivery Labeler, batteries, tape cassette
Battery type 6xAA
Number of fonts 14
Display size 13 signs
Type of keypad QWERTZ
Quality impression Excellent
Height 70 mm
Width 190 mm
Depth 175 mm
Weight 920 g
Tape sizes 3.5 - 18 mm
Tape cost/m approx. € 0.63
Print speed 14 mm/s
Symbols 617
Bluetooth No
Connection to the computer No
Batteries included Yes
Power supply connection Yes
Power supply included No
Memory power failure safe Semi
Memory function Yes (50)
Protrusion mm 24 mm
Number of lines 5 signs on 18 mm
Menu language GER, more
Plastic wrapping Little
Manual language GER
Quality of instructions Excellent
Packaging Excellent
Menu navigation Excellent
Additional warranty 3 years after online registration
Handling
Range of functions
Speed
Print image
Workmanship

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2020-03-16
In which sizes can the printed letters be varied?
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AskGeorge.com
The fonts can be set in the sizes 6pt, 9pt, 12pt, 18pt, 24pt, 36pt, 48pt.
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2020-03-16
Does the device have a USB connection and can it run parallel via PC?
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AskGeorge.com
No, there is no USB connection.
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2020-03-16
What is included in the delivery?
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AskGeorge.com
Only the labelling device.
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Karin
2020-03-16
Hello George, do the buttons make clicking noises?
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AskGeorge.com
Hey Karin, the buttons are completely rubberized and make no noise.

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