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Sharp AJ-2000
 
Color inkjet printer, max. 1200x1200 dpi, works Mostly
Recommended Driver: pcl3 (Home page, View PPD, directly download PPD)
Generic Instructions: CUPS, LPD, LPRng, PPR, PDQ, no spooler
 

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Same printer as the Xerox DocuPrint M760, the printer does up to 1200 dpi, but the drivers shown here do only 600. The printer is rather fast in 600 dpi, so it serves well for black text simple graphics, web pages, ...

One can even print photos, but not in such a high quality as you get from HP or Epson inkjets. To do so, one has to use the "pcl3" driver (version 3.3 or newer, printer needs to be initialized for every page with the new "-dConfigureEveryPage" option), the "sharp.upp" prints all colours which contain black ink totally in gray, so the result looks like a black-and-white image with some parts shown in colour. The same you get with the default settings of "pcl3", you must choose "CMY+K" for the "ColorMode" setting (probably one cannot mix the black ink and the colour inks of this printer and the printer refuses mixing the inks internally). In addition, you should set up 600 dpi, Floyd-Steinberg dithering, "Presentation" quality, and a Gamma correction of around 3 (otherwise the image gets way too dark). There is no option for a gamma correction in "pcl3", but if you use CUPS as the spooler you can use the "gamma" option of CUPS ("lpoptions -P <printer> -o gamma=3000"). Ghostscript and GIMP have also possibilities for a Gamma correction. The colour quality gets much better when using coated inkjet paper (media type setting "Bond Paper") or photo paper (media type setting "Glossy Paper"). Printing in "CMY" mode or with more than 2 "Black Levels" or "CMY Levels" does not work.

The Sharp AJ-1800/1805/2000/2005 and the Xerox DocuPrint M750/M760 are very similar and can all be used with the same drivers. My experience with the Sharp AJ-2000 described here is probably also applicable to the other models.

Consumables/Refills: Seperately exchangable tanks for each colour

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Drivers

The following driver(s) are known to drive this printer:

Recommended driver:

 
pcl3  (driver home page)
 
This driver is free software.
Type: Ghostscript built-in
Download:PPD file: View PPD, directly download PPD
 

Other drivers:

 
sharp.upp  (driver home page)
 
This driver is free software.
Type: Ghostscript Uniprint
Download:PPD file: View PPD, directly download PPD
 


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