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The LaserWriter Plus was a monochrome laser printer that was released by Apple Computer in March 1986. The second model of the LaserWriter series, it was announced on January 16, 1986 at the 1986 Apple World Conference in San Francisco.[1][2]

Description[]

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Apple LaserWriter Plus

The LaserWriter Plus could print at a resolution of 300-dpi from a Canon LBP-CX print engine that could output 8 pages-per-minute with a rated life of 300,000 pages. It is compatible with Apple M0180 or HP LaserJet 92285A toner cartridges (also used by the original HP LaserJet series).[1]

The 12 MHz Motorola 68000 processor (running at 11.16 MHz) could rasterize images from PostScript Level 1 or Diablo 630 printer data. However, rasterization performance was hampered by a wait state incurred by the use of slower memory. The data could be transmitted through a LocalTalk network to its RS-422 serial port, or a direct serial PC connection to its RS-232 port.[1][3]

Included fonts[]

The LaserWriter Plus featured a 1 MB ROM with twice the capacity of the original LaserWriter, allowing the number of built-in fonts to be expanded from 13 to 35:[1]

  • ITC Avant Garde
  • ITC Bookman
  • Courier
  • Helvetica
  • Helvetica Narrow
  • New Century Schoolbook
  • Palatino
  • Symbol
  • Times
  • ITC Zapf Chancery
  • ITC Zapf Dingbats

Discontinuation[]

The LaserWriter and LaserWriter Plus were both discontinued in February 1988 and superseded by the LaserWriter II series.[1][3]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 LaserWriter Plus, Low End Mac. 1986-01-23.
  2. Apple Announces Enhanced LaserWriter by Mitt Jones, Computing Center Newsletter vol.16, no.4, p.6-7. The University of Michigan. 1986-02-17.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Apple LaserWriters: Faster PostScript Printing for Less by Mitt Jones, PC Magazine. 1988-04-12.

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LaserWriter series
LaserWriter | LaserWriter Plus
LaserWriter II : SC | NT · NTX | f · g
Personal LaserWriter : SC · LS | NT · NTR | 300 · 320
LaserWriter Select : 300 · 310 | 360
LaserWriter Pro : 600 · 630 | 800 · 810
LaserWriter 16/600 PS | 12/640 PS · 12/640 PS Plus | 4/600 PS | 8500
Color LaserWriter : 12/600 PS · 12/660 PS
Discontinued in 1999
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