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PCL 4 vs. PCL 6?

By drobledo ·
I've been given the OK to purchase a personal laser printer for my desk. I'm looking at the Lexmark Optra E312L/E312 and the NEC SuperScript 1400/1450. The main difference for both companies between their budget models and the more expensive one is that the budget models feature PCL 4 w/ almost no printer fonts whereas the advanced models feature PCL 6 w/ about 75 fonts.

If this feature only affects speed, then I don't mind getting the budget model. But if the fonts affect output quality and/or accuracy (WYSIWYG) then I will probably purchase the 1450. Does anyone out there know the difference?

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by bstei18 In reply to PCL 4 vs. PCL 6?

Some changes have been made with PCL 6 to give it some new functionalities. PCL 6 does not support some prvious versions of PCL and you may run into some problems with some software like AutoCAD. PCL 5 does support all previous versions. If the printer with PCL 6 has drivers for PCL 5 also than go for the advanced one. This way if you do run into some problems with PCL 6 you can change to PCL 5.

Good Luck.

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by johnm In reply to PCL 4 vs. PCL 6?

PCL is a control language that can pass instructions to the printer that range from which tray to use to where to place the margins. It doesn't affect speed. PCL 6 has a richer range of commands than PCL 4 but users seldom program their printers anymore. What you are paying for is the 75 fonts that you will be able to use to create a wider variety of looks in your printouts. If you only use a few standard fonts, or only the Windows standard fonts, you wouldn't need the extra expense or the richer PCL command set. Printer and screen fonts are pretty well matched these days so output quality shouldn't be a problem.

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by n2y2 In reply to PCL 4 vs. PCL 6?

First, careful with the Lexmark brand. In the past they have had a poor service record. Second, I would choose PCL 4. PCL 6 has been know to cause problems in a networked environment with multiple printers. If you change the settings on one printer, the changes sometimes migrate to the others. I have never had that problem with PCL 4.

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