Printers


DeskWriter

Inkjet Selection:

Name: DeskWriter
Product Number: 2278A
Introduced: 1989
Division: Vancouver
Original Price: $1195
Catalog Reference: 1990, page 690
Donated by: Scott Field, Victoria.

Description:

The DeskWriter was the Apple Macintosh version of the DeskJet. It came with a built-in AppleTalk interface.


Collector's Notes:

The early DeskJet and DeskWriter printers are still very reliable as of 2014. These printers have external power supplies, built in to the power cord. The museum has more than two dozen of these power supplies, and they all work fine. In the last ten years, we have seen over fifteen of these printers. All except one was fully functional. The biggest challenge with the old DeskJets is in the print cartridge. If you use the printer every week, you probably won't have any problems. But, if the printer is idle for a month or more, you will likely get clogged print nozzles. Sometimes, this can be fixed by swiping the nozzles with a lint-free isopropyl alcohol cloth. If the print cartridge hasn't been used for many months, you can often get it working again by wrapping it in a flame-proof cloth and heating it in an oven. We don't recommend this process unless you really know what you are doing.

 

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