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The Alps MD Photographic-Quality Color Printer is a Micro Dry thermal resin printer capable of or dots per inch printing for both monochrome and full color images. Alps uses a thermal-resin technology that places various-size dots onto the paper using resins with pigments. Alps also uses Micro Dry inks, which are ribbon-style cartridges, to apply ink to the paper. Since the inks are dry, they are waterproof, smearproof, and fadeproof Alps Electric MD-5000 back to back printing is possible. There is a wide range of ink cartridges you can use, such as the standard CMYK colors as well as metallic colors; high shine foil gold and silver; and even white for printing on dark paper.

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Each color or ink type has its own separate ribbon cartridge, which is more economical because all the colors usually don't get Alps Electric MD-5000 up at the same rate. You only have to replace the colors you need and not the whole container. The MD is actually two printers in one.


Dye sub printers deliver the closest quality to a photographic print as they control not only how many dots of color they put on the page but the intensity of the dots, producing a continuous tone like a photograph. The prints actually look and feel much like the drugstore color print you are used to looking at, delivering the best color clarity and sharpness. For dye sub printing, you need to Alps Electric MD-5000 special paper, but with the standard mode, you can use laser paper or even plain copy paper if you use a primer ribbon provided by Alps.

Also with the MD, you can produce excellent quality images on virtually any printable surface including transparencies, cardstock, T-shirt transfers, overhead transparencies and embossed foil surfaces.

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Alps Electric MD-5000 Electric has been in business since They make floppy disk drives, keyboards, and invented Alps Electric MD-5000 touchpad used on notebook computers. They produce a variety of electronic products from computer peripherals such as high contrast LCD panels and disk drive components, to electromechanical controls for the automotive industry, and audio and lighting control applications.

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Their Web site is worth checking out: Optional features are: The printer is not difficult to use but I suggest that it would be helpful to have a solid understanding and some practical experience using printers, but it is not absolutely necessary. There are a variety of ribbons, and papers settings that might seem confusing to a very beginner. Once you become familiar with the ribbons, papers, and settings, it is easy to use. I had problems with setting up the printer as I had a variety of other peripherals attached to the computer and the Alps can be finicky if you are using other printers.

It doesn't like switches, prefers its own parallel port, and wants to have a LPT 1 address. If you are unfamiliar with setting up a printer, especially with bi-directional printers, or have other printers attached to your computer, you might consider getting help. There are two User Guides, one printed and the other on the CD, that come with the printer but Alps Electric MD-5000 found them confusing.

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Don't let these factors deter you from purchasing the printer, though. It is well worth the few hassles you might encounter. The printer is perfect for graphic artists, professional photographers, serious hobbyists and small businesses who need the best possible color output for a variety of digital printing applications. Dye sub inks are smear-proof and waterproof; Dye sub inks are no-dot, continuous tone; Standard Micro Dry inks are fade-proof, waterproof, and smear-proof; White inks are available for a wide variety of applications; Metallic inks are available for greeting cards, business cards and other applications; Gold and silver foil inks are available for greeting cards, business cards and other applications; Alps offers a special dye sub paper suitable for photo mug, plates, and tiles; Photographic dye sub mode offers continuous-tone photographic output; Photo-quality print mode offers dpi glossy Alps Electric MD-5000 on plain paper; Easy to accomplish back-to-back printing is standard; Install up to 7 different ribbon cartridges at one time; Reusable Finish ink is available for extended ribbon life use up to 5 times ; Reusable EconoBlack ink is available for extended ribbon life and inexpensive black-text printing use up to 20 times.

I did have difficulty with the installation. Part of the problem was that I wanted to use the printer with a PC computer that probably had more peripherals, including other printers, attached to it than most of your stores have for sale.


Nowadays, it is not uncommon for the average computer buff to have a variety of peripherals and printers so I thought this was a good test to see how the Alps handled the situation. I can just hear all the die-hard Mac users mumbling under Alps Electric MD-5000 breath: Well, when it came to the Alps, it was a comedy of errors.

Then I wanted to use an internal switch to go from one printer to another but couldn't find one that would accommodate all the printers I wanted to use. I tried one external switch but wasn't sure it was bi-directional and then tried another.

Still nothing would work. Again, the store wasn't sure what they had sold me. Finally I purchased another parallel port because I was told by Alps technicians that the Alps could be finicky with other printers or devices. When Alps Electric MD-5000 install another port, the second port is assigned to LPT 2, with the first one being LPT 1 with all the other peripherals on it. It finally worked.

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After a week of store errors, wrong switch boxes and cables, dealing with a printer that matched Greta Garbo in its "I want to be alone" stance, I was so frustrated, I didn't even test it for another few weeks. But I absolutely love the printer now and would go Alps Electric MD-5000 the ordeal again if I had to.


My advice to anyone interested in the printer is Alps Electric MD-5000 make sure you have the right cables, switch boxes, additional ports or whatever you need before you start. Sale of ALPS Printer MD,MD,MD,MD in various conditions,Provide Alps Ink Supplies Alps Electric has been in business Alps Electric MD-5000 Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Alps MD Standard Thermal Printer at the best online prices at eBay! Free shipping for many  Missing: Electric.

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