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May 01, 2010

Remember the Epson LX-300 printer?

We went on a media tour of Bicol in the last 3 days with Epson and during their presentation, I asked if they still sell the LX-300 dot-matrix printer.

Having bought the LX-300 back in 1997 (my very first printer) and still seeing a lot of these units until now, I wondered if it’s the longest running printer in history.

Epson reps told me they have an even older model that’s still in production. The LX-300 though have gone thru several refresh and been made more compact and it’s the most familiar model of dot-matrix printers I know of. In fact, it’s the only printer I know that’s been around for 15 years and actually become more expensive thru the years (I bought my LX-300 for about Php5k back then and the LX-300+ II now costs over Php8k).

Dot-matrix printers still exists because of a number of inherent advantages over newer and more advanced printing technologies — they’re way cheaper and allows for printing multiple copies at once (by layering carbon paper). As such, they’re pretty useful with printing invoices, receipts and other office documents.

Epson’s been selling tons of them every year and it looks like the dot-matrix printers are still here to stay.

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35 Responses to “Remember the Epson LX-300 printer?”

  1. buknoii says:

    LX300 is my first printer and it has a capability to print colored was cool coz a dotmatrix printing colored documents hehehe

  2. durantula says:

    I think most government offices still use lx-300 printers – as a result, slow processing of papers. :)

  3. I still got this on my room. And still working.

  4. Eason says:

    I don’t get the logic, they can just buy a printer with a continuous ink system. Its cheap as well and you can print with better quality and pictures as well.

    Well I’m going to be open jaw if I will see a dox matrix printer with a scanner/ fax or those 4-1 in one functions ahahaha

  5. Susan K-S says:

    I have a Star Micronics Nx 2420 that I have had since 1993. It is just now starting to bite the dust. I will check out Epson’s printer now.

  6. telong says:

    I need driver for this device, hope someone can help me. thanks.

  7. pops says:

    i always wondered why they make such ear tingling noise!!hehehe

  8. will says:

    Yes, it’s around for long and will stay.. how I wish my LX300 did not flooded by typhoon sometime year 2000.

    I wish printer manufacturer start producing “non-disposable” ink jet printers. How ironic, the ink cartridge cost like 60-70% of a new printer (with ink). Besides, the ink cartridge is so small that I bet the cost of plastic (cartridge) is much much higher than the ink (content).

    Just my 2 cents.

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  10. Pedro says:

    still using it at East Ave Medical Center very efficient… just use carbon paper if u run out of ribbon… hehehe…

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