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On January 16th, 1986, Apple introduced the world to the LaserWriter Plus as part of their Apple Printer series. This innovative piece of technology was designed, manufactured, and sold by the company for a brief two-year period, ending on February 1st, 1988.
The Apple LaserWriter Plus was a revolutionary device for its time, boasting a 12 MHz Motorola 68000 processor, 512 KB of ROM, and the ability to print in one color with a resolution of up to 300 dpi. It also had a speedy printing speed of 8 pages per minute, making it a popular choice for businesses and professionals. In addition, the printer had both a Serial connection and a LocalTalk port, allowing for easy connectivity with other Apple devices.
Despite its impressive capabilities, the LaserWriter Plus was discontinued after only two years on the market. However, its impact on the printing industry can still be felt today, as it was one of the first printers to feature advanced technology and high-quality printing capabilities.
Today, the LaserWriter Plus is 37 years old and may be considered a vintage piece of technology, but it will always hold a special place in the history of Apple and the printing industry as a whole.
LaserWriter Plus Details
|Introduced||January 16, 1986|
|Discontinued||February 1, 1988|
|Weight||77 Ibs. |
|Dimensions||11.5” H x 18.5” W x 16.2” D |
29,20 cm H x 47 cm W x 41.15 cm D
|Pages Per Minute||8|
|Processor Speed||12 MHz|
|ROM Size||512 KB|
|Maximum Memory||1.5 MB|
|Connection||Serial and LocalTalk|
|Maximum Continuous Power||760 W|
Further Reading and References
- LaserWriter Plus: Technical Specifications – Apple Support
- LaserWriter Plus – Low End Mac
- LaserWriter – Wikipedia
- LaserWriter and LaserWriter Plus Manual (PDF) – Vintage Apple
- Apple LaserWriter, 1987 – Museums Victoria
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Last updated: April 8, 2023