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CHEAP AND FAST

While laser printers costing less than $500 have been on the market for a while, users had to accept compromises in speed or quality. But the new SuperScript 860 from NEC Technologies (800 632-4636) turns out eight black-and-white pages per minute, rather than the four or six expected at its $499 price. Also, it offers 600-dot-per-in. resolution, not 300. Its secret: a new Adobe Systems technology called PrintGear that dramatically boosts the printer's ability to process data while keeping the need for expensive memory to a minimum. One flaw: It stacks output face up. To get a document in correct order, print the last page first.

BY STEPHEN H. WILDSTROM


Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
Copyright 1996, Bloomberg L.P.
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