Chapter 9

Introduction: Printing Terminals and Printers

Introduction

Digital offers a variety of quality printing terminals and printers. Table 9-1 summarizes the many features of Digital's KSR and RO printers, while Table 9-2 summarizes the key features of Digital's system printers. Further details on these products can be found in the following chapters and appendices.

Chapters

Chapters 10 through 17 describe the following products.

Table 9-1 Printing Terminal and Printer Selection Chart
Feature Receive-only KSR
Letterprinter 100 LQP02 LA50 DECprinter III DECwriter Correspondent Letterwriter 100 DECwriter III
Mounting1 Desktop Desktop Desktop Pedestal Desktop Desktop Desktop
Print Technology Dot matrix Daisywheel Dot matrix Dot matrix Dot matrix Dot matrix Dot matrix
Draft Print Speed (char/s) 240   100 180 150 240 180
Memo Print Speed (char/s) 80 - Opt   50     80 - Opt  
Letter-quality Print Speed (char/s) 30 32       30  
Paper
  Office Stationery
  Fanfold
  Roll
 
Std
Std
Std
 
Std
Opt2
 
 
Std
Std
 
 
Std
 
 
 
Std
Std
Std
 
Std
Std
Std
 
 
Std
 
Characters per Line
  Standard Print
  Compressed Print
 
132
217
 
132
158
 
80
132
 
132
217
 
80
132
 
132
217
 
132
217
Number of Selectable Character Widths 8 2 6 8 8 8 8
Maximum Paper Width (inches) 15 15 8.5 15 8.5 15 15
Parts per Form 4 6 3 4 2 4 93
National Character Sets 10 254 10 6 9 10 6
User-selectable Typefaces5 2 Opt       2  
Bit-mapped Graphics Std 6 Std   Std Std  
VT100 Line-drawing Set Std   Std   Std Std  
Buffer Capacity 0.4 K
4K – Opt
0.4 K 1K 4K 0.4 K
1K – Opt
0.4 K
4K – Opt
4K
Communications Interfaces
  RS232
  20 mA
  Parallel
 
Std
Opt
Opt
 
Std
Opt
 
 
Std
Opt
 
 
Std
Opt
Opt
 
Std
Opt
 
 
Std
Opt
 
 
Std
Opt
Opt
Integral Modem7         LA12-AB, Std    
Acoustic Coupler7         LA12-AB, Std
LA12-CB, Std
   
Legend: 
Std
Standard Equipment 
Opt
Options 
     
Not Available

Footnotes for Table 9-1

1 All desktop models can be mounted on stands.

2 Tractor/pinfeed mechanisms are standard on all printers except the LQP02. For the LQP02, an optional tractorfeed is available. See Chapter 11.

3 LA120-RB only.

4 Daisywheels are available in a variety of national character sets, typestyles, and two character sizes.

5 With the LA100 Series you can select a number of typestyles and character sets as either a field-installable ROM or a plug-in cartridge. National character set overlays are also available. See Chapter 10 of this handbook for more details. With the LQP02, select the daisywheel for your application. See Chapter 11 of this handbook.

6 DaisyAids, a new software package, gives the LQP02 graphics capabilities.

7 Optional modems and acoustic couplers are available for all RO and KSR printers.

Table 9-2 System Printer Selection Chart
Feature LN01 LP25, LP32-A, LP32-B LP26, LP32-E LP27 LXY12 LXY22
Print Speed 12 pages/min 300/215 l/min 600/450 l/min 1250/800 l/min 300/240 l/min 600/465 l/min
Character Set 2 sets of 188 characters each 64/96 64/96 64/96 64/96 64/96
Print Technology Non-impact laser Band Band Band Dot matrix Dot matrix
Paper Type Office stationery Fanfold Fanfold Fanfold Fanfold Fanfold
Multipart Forms Capability 6 6 6 6 6
Graphics Yes Yes
Paper Slew Speed (cm/s) Not applicable 37.5 37.5 50 20.3 40.6
Line Advance Time (ms) Not applicable 25 25 14 8.5–10 8.5–10

Appendices

Appendices A and G through L contain supplemental information for Digital's printing terminals and printers.