Digital DECWriter Correspondent

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The DECWriter Correspondent is a teleprinter with acoustic coupler.  It was advertised as combining 'the printing and forms-handling capabilities of a tabletop terminal with the communications and versatility of a portable teleprinter.'

According to DEC's promotional material, the DECwriter Correspondent's main features are:

  • 'Built-in communications options – Some models come with modems and acoustic coupler already installed, other models allow you to add these features as you need them.
  • Impact printing – Designed for use with plain paper, and multipart forms. Plain paper is less expensive and more convenient than the thermal paper that other portable teleprinters use.
  • Smart bidirectional 150 char/s printing – Allows for fast throughput, and reduces computer connection time and telephone costs.
  • Variety of character sets – Choose from U.S. ASCII, multinational, and APL character sets to meet your application needs.
  • Small, portable terminal with carrying case – Lets you carry it to where the work is. The small size enables you to fit the Correspondent on a desk or under an airline seat.
  • Conversational keyboard set-up – Easy to use and simple to change set-up features.
  • Graphics printing – Allows the integration of charts, diagrams, and graphs anywhere you work.'

Our Correspondent is complete in its original bag with documentation.  It is model number LA12-CB, an entry model excluding the 300/1200-baud modem included in other models.


Manufacturer: Digital
Date: 1982

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH44356. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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