DEC LA400 Dot Matrix Printer


LA400 MultiPrinter

LA400-CA DEC 400CPS Dot Matrix Multiform Impact Printer
Fully refurbished with 90-day warranty

See also:

Genicom 3480+ Dot Matrix Multiform Impact Printer
Genicom 3480plus 3P3481A4 (New)

Genicom 3480+ Dot Matrix Multiform Impact Printer
Fully refurbished with 90-day warranty
3480plus 3P3481A4

The LA400 MultiPrinter is a high-resolution, wide-carriage, receive-only, impact, dot-matrix printer. The rugged modular design of the LA400 MultiPrinter makes it very reliable for high-volume printing in areas such as online transaction processing, engineering and science, financial services, insurance, and banking.

A heavy-duty form printer designed for average usage of up to 10,000 pages per month. The LA400 MultiPrinter is also designed for the IBM personal computer environment with its built-in IBM Proprinter XL24 emulation mode and parallel interface.


  • 400 ch/s draft printing speed (burst); 133 ch/s letter-quality printing speed (burst)
  • Prints in black or optional color ink using snap-in ribbon cartridges
  • Compatibility with Digital and IBM Proprinter applications through Digital and IBM protocols
  • Wide carriage enables printing 17.5 inch (44.6 centimeter) wide paper
  • Handles up to six-part forms as well as envelopes and labels
  • Superior paper handling such as document-on-demand, autoload, autopark, and automatic paper path sensing
  • 400 million character print head life

Print Speed@10 cpi@12 cpi@15 cpi
Letter Quality133 cps160 cps200 cps
Draft Quality400 cps480 cps600 cps
Horizontal60, 90, 120, 180, 240, 360
Vertical60, 72, 180, 360
Printing method24-Wire Dot Matrix Printer
ProtocolsDEC ANSI PPL 2, IBM ProPrinter XL24E, Epson ESC/P2
Wire diameter0.008 in/0.2 mm
Vertical Slew Speed8 inches per second
Line lengthcpi
10 cpi
12 cpi
15 cpi
17.1 cpi
20 cpi
24 cpi
136 cpl
163 cpl
204 cpl
233 cpl
272 cpl
326 cpl
Throughput(pages per hour)ECMA 132 @ 10 CPI
Letter Quality (pph)210
Draft (pph)400
Print StylesDraft, Courier, Sans Serif, Script, Prestige, Orator, OCR A, OCR B, Roman
UPC-A, EAN-8, EAN-13, Code 39, Code128, Postnet,
Bar CodesCodabar, Interleaved 2/5, 2/5 Industrial, 2/5 Matrix
InterfacesDEC423 Serial, Parallel bitronics
Number of copies6 (Original + 5 copies)
NoiseAverage 56 dB(A)
Baud RateFrom 300 to 38,400 bps
Safety/PerformanceUL 1950, CSA C22.2/950, TUVEN 60 950
Class B of FCC Part 15B, CE marking
Duty cycle10,000 pages/month
MTBF10,000 hours at 25% duty cycle
Printhead/Ribbon life
Printhead400 million characters
RibbonBlack up to 15.0 million characters
Color up to 2.0 million characters
Height12.2 in/31.0 cm
Width26.1 in/66.5 cm
Depth14.9 in/38.0 cm
Weight39.6 lbs18 kg
Temperature50 to 104 F/10 to 40 C(operating)
Relative Humidity10% to 90% (operating)
Altitude8000 ft/2400 m maximum (operating)
Supplies and Options
LA400 black ribbon
LA400 color ribbon
LA400 color motor
Additional push tractor
Pull tractor
Printer stand
Cables and Adapters
20 mA active host Mate-N-Lok-to-EIA-423 DECconnect MMJ passive converter
20 mA active host RJ11 (6-pin) EIA-423 DECconnect MMJ passive converter
IBM/Centronics parallel cable
25-pin female-to-MMJ adapter
9-pin male-to-MMJ adapter (DEC)
25-pin cable-to-MMJ adapter
25-pin male-to-MMJ adapter (modem)
9-pin PC-type-to-MMJ adapter