The IBM 3800, the First Commercially Available Laser Printer


In 1976 IBM introduced the IBM 3800, the first commercially available laser printer for use with its mainframes. This "room-sized" machine was the first printer to combine laser technology and electrophotography. The technology speeded the printing of bank statements, premium notices, and other high-volume documents. Supplied only as a peripheral for IBM machines, the machine was not available separately.

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