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Apple LaserWriter Datasheet

On March 1st, 1985, Apple introduced the world to the LaserWriter, a revolutionary new printer that would change the way we print forever. As part of the Apple Printer series, the LaserWriter was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 1985 to 1988.

The LaserWriter was a state-of-the-art printer that featured a 12 MHz Motorola 68000 processor, 512 KB of ROM, one printing color, and a printing resolution of up to 300 dpi. It also had a printing speed of up to 8 pages per minute and a Serial connection and LocalTalk port.

At the time of its release, the Apple LaserWriter had a starting price of $6,995, which was a significant investment for most people. However, the LaserWriter’s advanced technology and capabilities made it a popular choice among businesses and professionals.

Unfortunately, the LaserWriter’s time in the spotlight was short-lived, as it was discontinued on February 1, 1988. Today, the LaserWriter is 39 years old, but its legacy lives on as one of the first laser printers to hit the market and set the standard for future printers to come.

LaserWriter Details

Introduced March 1, 1985
DiscontinuedFebruary 1, 1988
Original Price$6,995
Weight77 Ibs.
34.926 KG
Dimensions11.5” H x 18.5” W x 16.2” D
29,20 cm H x 47 cm W x 41.15 cm D

Printer Specs

Pages Per Minute8
LanguageDiablo 630
HP 92285A


ProcessorMotorola 68000
Processor Speed12 MHz
ROM Size512 KB
Maximum Memory1.5 MB
Memory Slots1
Minimum SpeedUnknown


ConnectionSerial and LocalTalk


Maximum Continuous Power760 W

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Last updated: March 13, 2023