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.
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
- LaserWriter, Wikipedia
- Four Reasons the LaserWriter Mattered, Benj Edwards, Macworld, 2010.04.27
- Apple’s Five Most Important Printers, Benj Edwards, Macworld, 2009.12.10
- Apple LaserWriter and LaserWriter Plus Printers, The Printer Works
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