LaserWriter Plus

The LaserWriter Plus, introduced on January 16, 1986 along with the Mac Plus, built on the success of the networkable, Postscript-based, 300 DPI LaserWriter by adding 22 more fonts to the 13 included with the original LaserWriter.

Apple LaserWriter Plus

LaserWriter Plus

With its 12 MHz 68000 CPU, the LaserWriter was 50% more powerful than any Mac, and with the 1.5 MB of memory necessary to download Postscript fonts and print a page at full 300 dpi resolution, it had three times as much memory as the top-end Mac.

The LaserWriter Plus was built around the same Canon LBP-CX engine as the first LaserWriter and the HP LaserJet. With the LaserWriter and LaserJet using the same print engine, toner cartridges for them became a commodity item.

The LaserWriter and LaserWriter Plus were replaced by the LaserWriter II family in January 1988.


  • Announced 1986.01.16 at US$5,799; discontinued 1988.02.01
  • Model number: M0188
  • CPU: 12 MHz 68000 running at 11.16 MHz
  • ROM: 1 MB
  • RAM: 1.5 MB
  • Postscript Version: 1
  • Built-in fonts: ITC Avant Garde, Courier, Helvetica, Helvetica Narrow, New Century Schoolbook, Palatino, and Times Roman, which came in regular, oblique/italic, bold, and bold oblique/italic, ITC Bookman Light and Demi, in regular and italic, plus Symbol, ITC Zapf Chancery, and ITC Zapf Dingbats
  • Resolution: 300 dpi
  • Speed: 8 pages per minute
  • Engine: Canon LBP-CX
  • Interfaces: LocalTalk, RS-232
  • Languages: PostScript, Diablo 630
  • Accessory Port: none
  • SCSI drive support: no
  • Size (H/W/D): 11.5″ x 18.5″ x 16.5″
  • Weight: 77 lb.
  • Power Supply: 760W

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