Texas Instruments microLaser XL Turbo

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Texas Instruments microLaser XL Turbo


Manufacturer: Texas Instruments

               Dallas, Texas
               Made in Japan

Suggested retail price: $3,649 Manufacturer's recommended monthly print volume: Up to 25,000 pages BLI's recommended monthly print volume for optimum performance: 3,000 to 7,000 pages Print speeds (PCL 4 page-description language):

Manufacturer's rated print speed: 16 pages per minute

BLI's tested text print speed (average of five pages): 7.5 pages per minute

BLI's tested text print speed first page): 4.28 pages per minute

BLI's tested text print speed (average of pages 2, 3, 4 and 5): 9.23 pages per minute

BLI's tested graphics print speed (average of five pages): 0.79 pages per minute

BLI's tested graphics print speed first page): 0.75 pages

BLI's tested graphics print speed (average of pages 2, 3, 4 and 5): 0.80 pages per minute

(NOTE: BLI's text print speed is computed using a document conforming to ASTM F 1232, which realistically replicates the frequency with which the individual characters of the Engli language are used. Graphics print speed is calculated using a graphic that conforms to ASTM F 1423.) Type: Parallel- and serial-interface, laser-imaging, single-bin feed printer Engine manufacturer and model: Sharp, JX-9701 Processor: Weitek 8220; 32-bit; 16 MHz Engine duty cycle: Indefinite

FEATURES

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi Resident fonts:

Typefaces: The Texas Instruments microLaser XL Turbo has two internal typefaces when

using its Hewlett-Packard LaserJet II emulation: Courier and Line Printer. Courier is

available in bold and italic, and each typeface is available in portrait and landscape

orientation. There are seven resident typefaces available when using Adobe Postscript:

Avante Garde, Bookman, Courier, Helvetica, New Century, Palatino and Times. These are

available in several different styles, including Book, bold, oblique, Roman and italic. Two

symbol sets are also available: Postscript and Zaph Dingbats.

Pitch/Point sizes: The Postscript typefaces are scalable to virtually any point size. Courier

is available in 10 and 12 pitch; Line Printer is available in 16.66 pitch. Control panel: The front panel consists of 12 touch-sensitive push buttons, eight of which are used

for selecting on-line/off-line, continue/reset, form feed, portrait/landscape, fonts list, tray

selection, help and printer setup, and four of which are arrow keys used for scrolling

through menu options. There is a 16-character LCD that displays printer operation

messages and menu-selectable options. Paper-handling features: Input paper sources:

Type and number: One letter-size cassette. A manual feed slot is located below the cover

of the front control panel.

Capacity: 250 sheets 20-lb. bond). Output paper tray:

Capacity: 250 sheets.

Collating style: Face down. Memory capacity: 0.5 Mb, expandable to 4.5 Mb (see Optional Equipment). Expansion slots: One, for memory expansion. Font cartridge slots: Two. Horizontal spacing: Adjustable in horizontal increments of 1/300". Vertical spacing: Adjustable in vertical increments of 1/300". ASCII control codes: The Texas Instruments microLaser XL Turbo uses Adobe Postscript and emulates the Hewlett-Packard LaserJet II printer; it also has optional Epson, Diablo and IBM Proprinter emulations. Interfaces:

Serial port: See Optional Equipment.

Parallel port: Centronics-compatible, 36-pin connector. Communications protocols: X-ON/X-OFF, DC1/DC3, DTR, ETX/ACK and Ready/Busy printer-ready protocols, Centronics parallel and AppleTalk communications protocols. Other features: The Texas Instruments microLaser XL Turbo features a self-test, wherein the printer prints a complete test pattern, using an internal character set, to verify that it is workin properly. …

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