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Watford Electronics 256K Printer Buffer

The Watford Electronics 256K Printer Buffer allowed a computer to print 256,000 characters in a short time thus freeing the computer very quickly, making light work of printing items such as large documents or screen dumps. It was advertised as the smallest Printer Buffer unit in the world. It was compatible with any computer and printed that used Centronics Parallel connections including all BBCs and IBM PCs.

This printer buffer can hold up to 256KB of print data and reply it multiple times. It also provides the ability to dump the data in one of three different hex dumps. Help and self-test modes are also provided.

Our printer buffer has serial number 8050172.

Date : Unknown

Manufacturer : Watford Electronics

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH33676. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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