82905B Printer

Impact Selection:

Name: 82905
Product Number: 82905
Introduced: 1981
Division: Corvallis
Ad: Click to see with HP-87
Original Price: $945
Catalog Reference: 1982, page 655
Donated by: Russell Warmington, HP Australia.


The 82905A was a low-end, narrow-carriadge dot matrix printer made by Epson. HP obtained this printer primarily for use with the 80 Series computers. The 82905A had a print speed of 80 characters per second. The dot character cell was 9 x 9 and graphics printing resolution was possible up to 72 x 120 dots per inch. The 82905B, introduced in 1982 (at $795) offered an optional HP-IL interface.

The 82905A was OEM'ed from Epson by the Corvallis Division. The product was transferred to the Vancouver Division in 1982.

The 82905B was obsoleted in November of 1985.

Collector's Notes:

The 82905 and 82906 printers are very reliable. Five of the six units at the museum are in fully functioning order. The wayward unit normally functions fine but will occaisionally trip a circuit breaker when the power is turned off. The paper-feed mechanism on these low-end printers is not as robust as that on the 2631-class printers. The sprocket-feed mechanism will sometimes cause the paper to feed askew. The sound made by these printers (mid-level buzzing briefly interupted by relatively quiet line feeds) is one of the classic office sounds of the 1980s.


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