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Apple ImageWriter LQ

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The Apple ImageWriter LQ is idea for users who need a versatile dot-matrix printer to handle a broad range of office printing tasks. Besides producing letter-quality text and graphics, the ImageWriter LQ offers paper handling, color, and networking capabilities. Compatible with both Macintosh and Apple II personal computers, the ImageWriter LQ is designed to print virtually any type of document on almost any type of paper, with ease and clarity.

Exceptionally flexible paper-handling features - including a single push/pull tractor, a bottom feed, and an optional cut-sheet feeder - let you effortlessly print multipart forms, heavy-gauge paper, envelopes, and labels in addition to standard reports or correspondence. A 15-inch-wide carriage lets you print financial spreadsheets and, with the addition of the ImageWriter LQ Color Ribbon, you can use color to highlight reports or presentation graphics. What's more, with the addition of the ImageWriter AppleTalk Option, up to 31 users on an AppleTalk network can share an ImageWriter LQ, for cost-effective printing.

The ImageWriter LQ is designed for any task - from word processing and business graphics to accounting and artwork - and any office.

  • Unique 27-pin print head prints up to 216 dots per inch (dpi)
  • Apple II text enhancements
  • Three speeds and resolutions


Print method:

  • 27-pin impact dot matrix

Print modes/speeds (using internal ROM fonts):

  • Draft: 250 characters per second (cps) at 10 characters per inch (cpi)
  • Near-letter-quality (NLQ): 90 cps at 10 cpi; 140 cps at 144 dots per inch (dpi) (proportional)
  • Letter quality (LQ): 115 cps at 216 dpi (proportional)

Print resolutions (using internal ROM fonts):

  • Draft: 72 dpi horizontal x 72 dpi vertical
  • NLQ: 144 dpi (H) x 216 dpi (V)
  • LQ: 216 dpi (H) x 216 dpi (V)

Character pitches (using internal ROM fonts):

  • Draft and NLQ fixed pitch: 9 to 17 cpi
  • Draft proportional: 144 or 160 dpi (using half-dot tech­nique)
  • NLQ proportional: 144 or 160 dpi
  • LQ proportional: 216 dpi

Macintosh fonts (on disk):

  • Times, Helvetica, Courier, and Symbol typefaces in 9-, 10-, 12-, 14-, 18-, and 24-point sizes

Paper options:

  • Format: cut sheet or fanfold continuous, envelopes, labels, multipart forms
  • Width: 3.5 to 15 inches (plus pin-feed margins)
  • Thickness: .05 to .55 milli­meters

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