What Does LaserWriter Mean?

LaserWriter is a family of laser printer designed for Apple and Macintosh computers. It was released in 1985 and was very similar to HP’s LaserJet, using the same Canon CX printing engine. LaserWriters offer fast printing, Ethernet connectivity, high resolution and excellent color output. Apple discontinued the LaserWriter printer in 1997.


Techopedia Explains LaserWriter

LaserWriter was among the first laser printers that were available in mass market. It was expensive, and hence Ethernet connectivity was introduced so that multiple computers could use a single printer. As the first laser printer available for Apple devices, LaserWriter quickly gained popularity. LaserWriters used the PostScript interpreter, but soon afterwards a number of competitors began using PostScript as well, producing printers which were the same in functionality, connectivity and compatibility as LaserWriters. Macintosh computers functioned equally well with any PostScript printer. After the LaserWriter 8500, Apple discontinued the LaserWriter product line in 1997.


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