ImageWriter LQ

On August 1, 1987, Apple introduced the ImageWriter LQ, a part of their Apple Printer series. This innovative device was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple until its discontinuation on December 1, 1990.

The ImageWriter LQ was a versatile printer that featured the ability to print in one or four colors, with a maximum resolution of 216 dpi and a printing speed of up to 0.3 pages per minute. It also featured a Serial connection and an optional LocalTalk port.

Despite being discontinued over 32 years ago, the ImageWriter LQ still holds a special place in the hearts of many Apple enthusiasts. It was a cutting-edge technology at the time, and its introduction marked a significant moment in the history of Apple’s product lineup.

Today, the ImageWriter LQ is 35 years old, but its legacy lives on as a reminder of Apple’s commitment to innovation and design. Even though it may no longer be in production, the ImageWriter LQ will always be remembered as a pioneering device that paved the way for future generations of printers.

Apple ImageWriter LQ
Source: – Apple ImageWriter LQ

ImageWriter LQ Release Date

IntroducedAugust 1, 1987
DiscontinuedDecember 1, 1990
Model NumberUnknown
Original PriceUnknown
Weight38 Ibs.
17.236 KG
Demensions5.12” H x 23.2” W x 15” D
13 cm H x 58.92 cm W x 38.1 cm D

Previous models


TypeImpact dot matrix
4 (Optional)
Pages Per Minute0.3
CartridgeImageWriter Black Ribbon (A9G0335)
ImageWriter Color Ribbon (A9G0336)


LocalTalk (Optical)


Maximum Continuous Power180 W

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Apple Support – ImageWriter LQ: Technical Specifications