What are the choices for a graphics quality laser printer if you do desktop publishing or in-house publishing? Testing has demonstrated that the QMS 2060 black-and-white laser printers offer excellent quality.

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Finding a good monochrome laser printer is more of a challenge than finding a good color laser printer.

If you are going to print a brochure for an art gallery, for a corporate report, or in any situation where quality is important, then don't try to do this on an office printer.

To achieve photographic reproduction which is the best that laser can produce (other than an umteen-thousand dollar proofer), you can use a QMS laser printer. The 2060 series produces 1200 dpi quality even to oversize.

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Ozark sherd print on a QMS

Here are two tabloid sized prints (11 x 17 or A3 in Europe and Asia). Printed on a QMS 2060 series printer at 1200 dpi.

These are two renditions of the identical photo. The difference is that each photo was "developed" (imaged) in a slightly different manner within the channel mixer mode of the latest version of Adobe Photoshop. QMS prints all the tonal variations in each of the challenging range of grayscales.

You will not likely achieve this quality with a low bid laser printer. You will not get this quality with a feigned 1200 dpi claimed by some advertisement.

This photo exhibit quality is achieved only by a laser printer that has the mechanical and technical ability built in, and the software that allows you to tweak the lines per inch. If you cannot go into the software menu and tweak the lpi then you will not get results as good as those on a QMS.

How do you tweak the lpi, and what are the lpi (no, they are not dpi or ppi)?

More information as these reviews continue. We have been working with the QMS for several months and our reviews will continue for the rest of the summer. QMS printers are available nationwide from Publishing Perfection, 1 (800) 810-1617, www.publishingperfection.com

At several computer graphics trade shows in Europe and the USA we looked at various color laser printers and have selected the QMS magicolor 330 to review. The tests will begin by the end of the year. Our photo crew is presently in Guatemala doing the photography of colorful indigenous Mayan textiles. These are the images we will use in the rest. FLAAR does not use clip art or stock photos.

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