My first printer was a Canon BJC-600. What a beautiful machine!

Canon BJC-600 Printer

Canon BJC-600 Printer

Not real fast printing, but it used individual ink cartridges which was quite fantastic at the time (around 1994). It printed full colour at 360 x 360 dpi, we thought it was fantastic quality! I paid alot for it, around $1200 new from memory. After a few years of faithful use all the warning lights started to flash one day, after much angst I found out the printhead was dead. I called Canon but they had run out of printheads but they directed me to Apple who sold a rebadged version of the BJC-600 (Apple StyleWriter) and still had parts. They quoted (gulp!) $500 for a new printhead. Of course by then new inkjet printers of much better quality were selling for around $250 so the Canon got put in the garage to collect dust! Years later a visitor saw it and after I explained the problem with it they asked if they could have it. Of course I agreed! Not sure if they ever got it going or not.

Olivetti JP150ws Ink Printer

Olivetti JP150ws Ink Printer

Around the same time I also bought an Olivetti JP-150WS. This was a black only ink printer, very compact and neat! Printed about 3 pages per minute at 300 x 300 dpi. It was marketed as near laser quality (believe it or not). When you printed a page you could see jaggy edges on text and pictures! It was quite cool because the printhead and ink cartridge were seperate, so ink cartridges were just 7 or 8 dollars each, but the printhead needed replacing every 10 ink cartridges. After a year or two we upgraded to an HP Laserjet 4M.

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