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HP lasers and Resolution Enhancement Technology (RET)

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Anonymous
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May 1, 2004 9:48:32 AM

Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

I need to decide between buying an HP 1010 laser printer, which boasts
resolution of 600dpi, and an HP 1150, which has "effective" 1200dpi
through RET. Resolution is important for my purposes, and I would
naturally like to achieve the best resolution I can afford. I am
trying to establish whether this "effective" RET 1200 resolution is
sufficiently, patently, better than the real 600dpi of the 1010 to
warrant spending almost 50% more on the 1150. The other higher specs
of the 1150 don't matter much to me. I'm not a high bulk user so the
difference between 12 and 17 pages per minute or between 150 and 250
sheet paper tray capacity would be irrelevant. Grateful for any
guidance.
Thanks
Leon
Anonymous
a b α HP
May 5, 2004 8:59:53 PM

Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

In article <5638bcfa.0405010448.1edabba3@posting.google.com>,
Leon du Plessis <lduples@yahoo.com> wrote:
>I need to decide between buying an HP 1010 laser printer, which boasts
>resolution of 600dpi, and an HP 1150, which has "effective" 1200dpi
>through RET. Resolution is important for my purposes, and I would
>naturally like to achieve the best resolution I can afford. I am
>trying to establish whether this "effective" RET 1200 resolution is
>sufficiently, patently, better than the real 600dpi of the 1010 to
>warrant spending almost 50% more on the 1150. The other higher specs
>of the 1150 don't matter much to me. I'm not a high bulk user so the
>difference between 12 and 17 pages per minute or between 150 and 250
>sheet paper tray capacity would be irrelevant. Grateful for any
>guidance.


RET effectively does anti-aliasing on light-to-dark edge transitions.
Think of it like ClearType on Windows XP displaying characters on a LCD
screen.

Whether this helps you depends on what content you are printing. If you
are printing continuous-tone graphics, RET will not improve anything and
might even cause unwanted artifacts.

If you are printing text or line art, RET will smooth out jaggies on
curved and diagonal lines, giving the impression of higher resolution.
!