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Britt Griswold <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 24 Nov 1998 14:02:07 -0400
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>Hi All,
>We have rare opportunity to acquire a 1200 dpi (Mac) postscript printer,
>but it must be ordered by Monday.  Currently I am clueless, but have been
>told that many 1200 dpi printers have an apparant resolution worse than
>that of 600s (currently we have an Apple LaserWriter 12/640 PS which we're
>quite happy with).  It would be great to have a printer that would truly
>replace the stat machine!  Our budget starts at $5000-- hopefully we could
>boost that a bit.
>Thanks, and have a great holiday,
>Marlene Hill Donnelly

I assume you are looking for a B&W printer.  You could get a color one for
that money, put it would not replace a stat machine.
I recommend a Xante Accel-a-Writer, probably a G3 model, though  that might
be overkill,  maybe an upgraded 3N or 3DN.
They are a little difficult to find a seller however, as I think at some
point in the recent past, they may have decided to go after the
professional marked through resellers, pbut not the mass Mailorder
magazines.  Call their 800 number and find out.  Mary Parrish has one of
thier older models.  Id did find one reseller on ther web, listed below the
WacWeek Review.


MacWeek Review
xanté speeds laser printer line

              By Andrea Dudrow ([log in to unmask])

              xanté Corp. last week unleashed three high-speed additions to
its Accel-a-Writer laser printer

              The $2,395 Accel-a-Writer 3, $2,995 Accel-a-Writer 3N and
$3,295 Accel-a-Writer 3G print 20
              pages per minute at a resolution of 1,200 dpi. Each features
Adobe PostScript 3 page
              description language.

              The monochrome printers, which xanté said can be upgraded to
print at 2,400 dpi, are based
              on a 133-MHz RISC processor. All have mirror print
capabilities, which let users print documents
              with reversed images, and negative print capabilities, which
let users reverse areas of black and
              white in a document.

              The Accel-a-Writer 3, which has a serial interface, and
Accel-a-Writer 3N, which ships with an
              Ethernet port, can print on media as large as 13 by 18.5
inches; the maximum printable area is
              12.75 by 18.42 inches, the company said. Both printers ship
with 32 Mbytes of RAM and can
              accommodate as much as 256 Mbytes.

              The higher-end Accel-a-Writer 3G, which also ships with
Ethernet capabilities, can print on
              media as large as 13 by 35.5 inches with a maximum printable
area of 12.75 by 35.25 inches.
              The unit comes with 64 Mbytes of RAM and can accommodate as
much as 256 Mbytes, xanté
              said. The 3G also features the company's halftone calibration

              Each of the new models, when connected to an optional
internal IDE drive, can take
              advantage of built-in font acceleration and print job
spooling features, according to xanté.

              xanté Corp. of Mobile, Ala., can be reached at (334) 342-4840
or (800) 926-8839; fax (334)
              342-3345; [log in to unmask];

A Reseller for Xante Printers:
HPS Newspaper Division
call (800)732-1467, ext. 151 to place orders
or e-mail [log in to unmask]

You can ask for a sales rep if you need questions answered.

Xante Produces a number of graphics printers:
 Accel-a-Writer 3N
 With simultaneously active LocalTalk, Ethernet, parallel, and serial
interfaces, the Accel-a-Writer 3N
         offers a solution for office and network environments.

 Accel-a-Writer 3DN
 In addition to the standard features of the Accel-a-Writer 3N, the
Accel-a-Writer 3DN includes a
         duplexer, an additional paper feeder and 500 sheet cassette, and
32 MB of RAM to meet the needs of
         high volume office and network environments.

 Accel-a-Writer 3G
The Accel-a-Writer 3G is the printing solution for high-end desktop
publishers and graphics
         professionals with the network capability of the Accel-a-Writer 3N
and XANTÉ's Graphics Software

 ScreenWriter 3
The new ScreenWriter 3 is specially designed to produce high-quality
positive film output. XANTÉ's
graphics technology combined with Myriad film and the FilmStar 2 create a
computer-to-film system
that screen printers will love.
The Accel-a-Writer 3G is designed for high-end desktop publishers and
graphic users such as
service bureaus, advertising agencies, and prepress environments. It
includes the same
features as the Accel-a-Writer 3N, plus:

Oversized printing up to 13" x 35.5"
64 MB RAM standard, upgradable to
256 MB
XANTÉ's Graphic Software Package:
X·ACT (XANTÉ's Accurate
Calibration Technology)
Densitometer Support
Halftone Calibration
Enhanced Screening

Print Speed
                                            20 pages-per-minute (letter)**
                                            600x600 dpi (standard);
1200x1200 dpi (standard);
                                            2400x2400 dpi (optional)**
                                            NEC VR4300 133 MHz
                                            64 MB; 16 and 64 MB SIMM
options for expansion to a maximum of 256 MB
                                            Single Unit
                  Cartridge Life
                                            14,000 sheets, (Letter/A4; 5%
                  Media Handling* **
                                            Letter; legal; ledger; A3; A4;
B4; B5;
                                            13" x 18.5" (12.75" x 18.42"
print area);
                                            13" x 25" (12.75" x 24.72"
print area);
                                            13" x 35.5" (12.75" x 35.23"
print area);
                                            COM 10; Monarch; DL; C5; Executive
                  Special Stocks
                                            Approved label stock,
transparencies, and envelopes
                  Media Weights
                                            16 to 36 lbs (60 to 135 g/m2)
                  Standard Input
                                            500-sheet paper cassette
                                            150-sheet multipurpose tray
                  Optional Input
                                            Up to 2 optional paper cassette
feeders raise maximum input to 1,650 sheets
                                            Optional 2,000-sheet paper
feeder*** raises maximum input to 3,150 sheets
                                            Optional envelope cassette with
capacity of 75
                  Standard Output
                                            500 sheets maximum, face down
                  Optional Output
                                            With optional duplexer
installed, 750 sheets maximum, face down
                                            Optional: Letter/A4; legal; 11"
x 17"/A3; B4
                                            (W) 22.8" (580 mm)
                                            (D) 23.68" (602 mm)
                                            (H) 16.24" (413 mm)
                                            73.3 lbs (33.2 kg)
                  Noise Level
                                            Printing less than 49.5 dB;
Standby - less than 35 dB
                  Printer Language
                                            Adobe PostScript 3
                                            136 resident PostScript
Typefaces; TrueType 42 font rasterizer; Types 1, 3, 4,
                                            5, and 6 PostScript download
font support
                  Standard Interfaces
                                            Simultaneously active -
LocalTalk®, Centronics® parallel, and RS-232 serial;
                                            Ethernet® (EtherTalk®, Novell
NetWare®, TCP/IP); Optional 2.5" internal IDE

                 *At 1200 dpi, additional memory is required to print 13" x
35.5" pages.
                 **At 2400 x 2400 dpi, engine speed is 10 pages-per-minute
and maximum page size is 13" x 18.5"
                 ***Optional with 20 pages-per-minute print speed only

 Options & conumables
 For the PlateMaker 3, the ScreenWriter 3, and the Accel-a-Writer 3 series

Toner Cartridge - The high volume 14,000 page toner cartridge requires less
frequent replacement, while
                        offering a low 1.7˘ per page cost for letter size
prints at 5% coverage.
 Duplex Unit - Duplexing capabilities allow you to print on both sides of
the page on up to 11" x 17"/A3 output.
 In addition, the Jog feature offsets the printed page by approximately 1"
in the output tray, allowing users to
                        separate print jobs easily. Note: Duplexing is not
available on 2400x2400 dpi versions, the PlateMaker 3, the
                        ScreenWriter 3, or 10 ppm versions with NEIT
                        Paper Feeder - Up to two optional 500 sheet paper
feeders can be added to increase paper capacity to 1,650
                        sheets. A 500 sheet universal cassette is provided
with each paper feeder. The Accel-a-Writer 3DN ships with
                        one additional paper feeder and 500 sheet universal
cassette standard.
                        2,000 Sheet Paper Feeder - A maximum input paper
capacity of 3,150 sheets is available with the addition of
                        one 500 sheet paper feeder and the 2,000 sheet
paper feeder. The 2,000 sheet paper feeder supports letter/A4
                        size paper. Note: The 2,000 sheet paper feeder is
not available on 2400x2400 dpi versions, the PlateMaker 3,
                        the ScreenWriter 3, or 10 ppm versions with NEIT
                        500 Sheet Universal Paper Cassette - The universal
cassette handles paper sizes from 5.5" x 8.5" to 13" x
                        18.5" and paper weights from 16 - 28 lb bond.
                        75 Envelope Cassette - The envelope cassette
handles approximately 75 Com-10, Monarch, DL and C5 sized
                        envelopes with the same paper weight range as the
universal cassette.

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RS Information Systems
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Greenbelt, MD 20771
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