It seems that laser printers are all you read about nowadays. But if you're budget-conscious, you need a lower-cost alternative that will still produce professional results. Epson's LQ-570+ might be just what you're looking for.
Compared to earlier dot-matrix printers, the LQ-570+ features enhanced graphics, faster output, and quieter operation.
The manual boasts of easy letterhead printing—I'll admit that I hadn't yet learned this trick, even with my laser printer. After several false starts, I carefully read the manual and got it right. Single-feeding of normal envelopes was very easy, and the results were very nice. As a matter of fact, I found feeding single sheets as easy with this printer as with any I'd ever used.
If you're working with DOS-based software that doesn't directly support the LQ-570+, you can use a generic Epson 24-pin driver, or you can embed the proper codes in your document manually, using the comprehensive listing of printer commands in the manual.
The printer has a wide variety of built-in fonts, including Roman, Sans Serif, Courier Prestige, Script, and others. Many of these include proportional versions, which print characters at their true width, so you don't end up with a lot of space around the letter i, for instance. This makes your documents more readable and professional-looking.
If you're not ready to take the laser plunge, you'll find that this printer is on the leading edge of dot-matrix technology, and it offers a long list of very nice features that might just be all you need.
RICHARD C. LEINECKER
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