Color technology--opinions?

Subject: Color technology--opinions?
From: "Dick Margulis" <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 09:36:57 -0400


I'm seeking opinions from those of you who are in the color copier/color laser space. As I shop for a new color output device, I'm finding that each manufacturer uses a different process for getting color onto the paper.

The HP technology emulates the four-color separation process used in traditional film-based offset lithography. Being an old stick-in-the-mud, I find this very appealing.

Xerox uses a stochastic process, which eliminates the regular grid and rosette pattern of the screen-based method.

Ricoh uses something they call contone technology (maybe that should be capitalized; I'm not sure) that, under a lens, looks like the lines on a tv screen, like the old analog AP wire photo technology.

So here's the question: Am I just being a reactionary? Is one of these newer technologies actually a better way of doing things, only I'm just not getting it?

I don't want to make the wrong purchase decision here based on my own prejudices, so I'd appreciate input from others who have looked at this question.



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