Written by Christina Vullo
Social Media Marketing Analyst
Xerox Corporation

These days, it seems that computers and digital presses always go hand-in-hand; however, this was not always the case. The combination of printing equipment with computers had to start somewhere, and that’s where the Xerox 1200 Computer Printing System comes in.

The 1200 Computer Printing System was the first commercial non-impact Xerographic printer for computer output. It was the first product in its line to combine the advantages of a copier and a computer. The 1200 Computer Printing System was available as both an offline and an online model. It was able to print on ordinary unsensitized 8.5 x 11 inch paper at speeds up to 4,000 lines per minute or over one page per second.

The printing system was produced in El Segundo, California and announced in May 1973. The 1200 System, including the magnetic tape input unit) lease started at $2,600 per month, while the computer-driven version was available starting at $2,100 per month. Both leases included 100,000 copies.

Here’s a glimpse of both the Xerox 1200 System from 1973 and the current Xerox D110. Surprisingly they look quite alike, even though the technology is much more advanced today!