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The StyleWriter brand is a line of inkjet serial printers by Apple, targeted mainly towards consumers. They produced print quality that was better than the dot matrix ImageWriters, and were cheaper than the LaserWriters. All but a few models contained Canon print engines, while the last few were re-badged HP DeskJet printers. When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, he discontinued most of the company's accessory product lines, including the StyleWriter and LaserWriter.

Models

StyleWriter models

StyleWriter

StyleWriter
Apple StyleWriter.jpg
IntroducedMarch 1, 1991 (1991-03-01)
DiscontinuedJanuary 1, 1993 (1993-01-01)
TypeInkjet
Memory64 KiB
Slots0
PortsSerial
Power consumption23 Watt
Color1
DPI360
Speed1 Page per minute
LanguageQuickDraw
Weight7.5 lbs
Dimensions(H x W x D) 12.5 x 13.25 x 5.6 in

The StyleWriter was the first of Apple's line of inkjet serial printers, targeted mainly towards consumers. The feed mechanism was removable, and paper could be fed through manually in a virtually straight line. The StyleWriter could print in four different font families: Times, Helvetica, Courier, and Symbol.[1] The codenames for the model were "Franklin", "Mighty Mouse", "Salsa", "Tabasco".[2]

StyleWriter II

StyleWriter II
Apple StyleWriter II.jpg
IntroducedJanuary 1, 1993 (1993-01-01)
DiscontinuedApril 17, 1995 (1995-04-17)
TypeInkjet
Memory128 kB
Slots0
PortsSerial
Power consumption19.5 Watt
Color1
DPI360[3]
Speed2 Page per minute[3]
LanguageQuickDraw[3]
Weight6.6 lbs
Dimensions(H x W x D) 7 x 13.6 x 7.9 in

The StyleWriter II replaced the original. This model, based on a Canon engine that printed at 360 DPI,[3] had twice the memory of its predecessor and double the printing speed. The enclosure was restyled in Apple's "neoclassical" design language of the time. The codename for the model was "Speedracer"[2]

StyleWriter 1200

StyleWriter 1200
Apple StyleWriter 1200.png
IntroducedApril 1, 1995 (1995-04-01)
TypeInkjet
Memory128 kB
PortsSerial
Power consumption19.5 Watt
Color1
DPI720 x 360
Speed3 Page per minute
LanguageQuickDraw
Weight6.6 lbs
Dimensions(H x W x D) 7 x 13.6 x 7.9 in

The StyleWriter 1200 was the third of Apple's line of inkjet serial printers, released after the StyleWriter II. Based on the same Canon engine, this model had faster printing speed than its predecessor, but used the same ink cartridge.

Portable StyleWriter

Portable StyleWriter
Portable-stylewriter-01.jpg
IntroducedJune 1, 1993 (1993-06-01)
DiscontinuedMay 15, 1995 (1995-05-15)
TypeInkjet
PortsParallel[dubious ]
Power consumption23 Watt
Color1
DPI360
Speed1.5 Pages per minute
LanguageQuickDraw
Weight4.5 lbs
Dimensions(H x W x D) 1.9 x 12.2 x 8.7 in[4]

The Portable StyleWriter was a portable inkjet printer manufactured in 1993 and was designed to match the PowerBook 100 Series portable computer. It was powered by a Nickel–cadmium battery or an external AC adapter. It sacrificed ergonomics, printing speed and grayscale for portability. An optional automatic sheet feeder was also available.[5] Unlike most Apple printers, the Portable StyleWriter came only with a Parallel port, but was sold with a cable adapter allowing connection to a Macintosh serial port.[citation needed]

Color StyleWriter models

Color StyleWriter Pro

The Color StyleWriter Pro was a color inkjet printer manufactured and sold by Apple in 1994. It was based on the Canon BJC-600 series of Bubble Jet printers, with which it shares ink cartridge compatibility. Its distinguishing feature among Color StyleWriter printers is its use of separate ink cartridges for each of three colors (cyan, magenta, yellow) plus black.[6] In contrast, other Color StyleWriters used a combined color cartridge plus a black cartridge. The codenames for the model were "Fantasia" and "Logo".[2]

Color StyleWriter 2400

The Color StyleWriter 2400 is a color inkjet printer manufactured and sold by Apple. It was introduced in late 1994 to supplement the Color StyleWriter Pro as a more affordable product.[7] It uses the same Canon engine as the BCJ-4000 and feature a 360-dpi resolution, a dual ink cartridge system (1 Black and 1 Cyan-Magenta-Yellow colors) that can be replaced by an alternative high capacity black ink that allows printing twice as fast when only black & white is needed. Its initial Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price was US$525.[7][8]

In mid-1995, it saw a software update to bringing new features, as well as a significant price drop.[9]

The Color StyleWriter 2400 is notable for its compatibility with the Apple Pippin console gaming system.[citation needed] The codename for the model was "Aurora".[2]

Color StyleWriter 2200

The Color StyleWriter 2200 was a color inkjet printer manufactured and sold by Apple in 1995. The codename for this model was "Calamari".[2]

The 2200, the color successor of the Portable StyleWriter was aimed at mobile professionals, as it could be powered by a battery and only weighed 3.1 lbs.[10] Its dark grey case design matched the PowerBook series at the time of the release. This was the second and last printer Apple made in this color range. The 2200 was smaller and more rounded, matching the PowerBook 1400 and 5300 series.

Color StyleWriter 1500

The Color StyleWriter 1500 was an entry-level Canon-engine color inkjet printer manufactured and sold by Apple in 1996.

Color StyleWriter 2500

The Color StyleWriter 2500 was a performance color inkjet printer manufactured and sold by Apple in 1996. It was based on a Canon-developed Bubble Jet printer,[11] but was repackaged with a new housing, firmware, and Apple's proprietary 8-pin mini-DIN serial port. The printer is similar in appearance and functionality to the StyleWriter 2400, but featured faster printing speeds: 5 PPM black, 0.66 color, vs the 2400's 3 PPM black, 0.3 color. As with the 2400, the 2500 was compatible with the Apple Pippin console gaming system. Apple offered LocalTalk and EtherTalk networking upgrades in the form of external print server devices. Also offered was a "PhotoGrade" kit, which included a special monobloc (heads and ink in one unit) cartridge with lighter photo-oriented inks and coated paper.

Color StyleWriter 4100, 4500, and 6500

The Color StyleWriter 4100, 4500, and 6500 were color inkjet printers manufactured and sold by Apple in 1997. These models were all rebadged DeskJets.[12] The codenames were "Cabo" for the 4100 and "Baja" for the 4500.[2]

References

  1. ^ Robinson, Phillip (June 15, 1992). "Picking a Printer for a Macintosh". The Austin-American Statesman (Newspaper). p. 15.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Linzmayer, Owen W. (2004). Apple Confidential 2.0. No Starch Press. pp. 53–54. ISBN 978-1-59327-010-0.
  3. ^ a b c d Heid, Jim (September 1994). "Personal Printers". Macworld. Vol. 11, no. 9. pp. 117–122.
  4. ^ Apple Computer Inc. (1993). "Apple Portable StyleWriter" (Product Sheet).
  5. ^ Weiman-Hanks, Liza (January 1994). "Apple Portable StyleWriter". Macworld. Vol. 11, no. 1. p. 51.
  6. ^ Hurlow, Mark (September 1994). "Color StyleWriter Pro". Macworld. Vol. 11, no. 9. p. 58.
  7. ^ a b Lee, Yvonne L. (October 3, 1994). "Apple adds laser, color ink-jet printers". InfoWorld. Vol. 16, no. 40. p. 33. Archived from the original on October 18, 2021. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  8. ^ Heid, Jim (April 1995). "Two Color Printers". Macworld. Vol. 12, no. 4. pp. 63–65.
  9. ^ Miner, Nicola (June 19, 1995). "Apple brings color to LaserWriter". InfoWorld. Vol. 17, no. 25. p. 42. Archived from the original on October 18, 2021. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  10. ^ Bojorquez, Tony (October 1995). "Apple Color StyleWriter 2400 and 2200 and HP DeskWriter 660C". MacUser. Vol. 11, no. 10. pp. 49–50.
  11. ^ Courteau, Suzanne (February 1997). "Color Ink-Jet Jewels". Macworld. Vol. 14, no. 2. pp. 141–144.
  12. ^ Edwards, Benj (December 10, 2009). "A look back at Apple's Printers". Macworld. Archived from the original on September 11, 2010.