We loved our various Lexmark and HP laser printers, but when we needed to print a brochure with photographs, it turns out that QMS 2060 produces better quality.

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QMS works wonderfully on a network for offices and businesses as well, but can be
upgraded to handle photo quality printing.

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QMS is a large company with offices world wide. QMS printers are as robust and hardy as anything produced by HP, but have the advantage of being more flexible.

Two HP printers that I attempted to use for reproducing photographs were a disaster. If you wish to ever include photographs, you need to move up to the level of a QMS printer. I especially like the ability of the QMS printer to do oversize tabloid prints.

Here are several prints which I use as handouts at lectures I give in Germany and in the USA on digital circumferential photography of round objects rotated on a turntable.

These are Maya vases photographed in Guatemala at the Museo Popol Vuh with a special camera developed by Michael Collette of Better Light.

Due to the large size of the rollouts of the circumference of these round objects, it helps to have a printer that can print 19 inches long (the QMS can go to 26 inches).

Other models of QMS printers can print 13x19 inches in full color, at 1200 dpi. This means you get close to exhibit-quality color, especially if you use a kind of paper as good as the printer. We recommend First Choice from Weyerhaueser, Futura Laser from Consolidated Paper, or Reyprint from International Paper (an excellent paper from France, available only in Europe).

The QMS color laser printer is the QMS magicolor 330. It is fast, has 10BaseT/100BaseTX Ethernet (Fast Ethernet) connection, and Adobe Postscript.

We have been told that HP is no longer using Adobe PostScript. A printer without PostScript is asking for trouble. Thus we recommend you stick with printers that do have a full version of PostScript, namely QMS.

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