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IBM 4230 Matrix Printer

IBM 4230

375 – 600cps


The IBM 4230 Impact Matrix Printer family offers high speed, exceptional reliability and rugged durability that make it the right choice for the most demanding print environments and applications. With print speeds of up to 600 characters per second (cps), depending on the model, and superb reliability, the IBM 4230 printers outperform other impact printers. With auto-forms load, innovative forms handling features, customizable operator panel and menu selections, IBM 4230 printers will improve productivity and virtually eliminate user frustration, paper jamming and costly paper loss. The customizable operator panel option allows you to easily lock out specific buttons or make them active again depending on your specific environment. The IBM 4230 offers robust benefits and productivity features in a small package. For example, custom setup profiles allow users to store and retrieve as many as four different menus of printer setup values. This means users can switch instantly from one application to another, thereby improving user productivity and eliminating adjustment errors. In addition, the IBM 4230 prints a wide range of applications by offering four print speeds and quality modes. The fast draft quality provides high speed for large print jobs. The near letter quality (NLQ) mode provides clean, crisp correspondence for word processing applications. Full all-points-addressable graphics capability exists for applications such as bar codes, bar charts and pie charts, scanned logos, forms designs and CAD/CAM drawings.


Replaced by 4230, 4247, Dascom 4347 (oldest to newest)






Printer Speed 375 /  300  / 150 /   75  cps Models IBM 4230-xx1
Lines per Minute 
480 /  400  / 200 / 100 cps  Models IBM 4230-xx2
Draft /DP/ NQL 600 /  400  / 200 / 100 cps Models IBM 4230-xx3 
Character Pitch Characters per inch for models: 10, 12, 15, 16.7, 17.1, 20  Model 4x3 and 5x3 ASCII only
Line Spacing Lines per inch for IBM 4230 models: 3, 4, 6, 8 lines, or as selected by host
Emulations Standard: 
5250TN, 3270CX IBM ProPrinter ll, III XL, Epson FX-1050 
  Optional:  IBM 4230: IPDS
Systems Attachment AS/400 Attachment:

—AS/400 via ASCII Workstation Controller or PC Workstation
—348x, 3477, and 3197 AS/400 Display Stations
—Optional 1, 2, or 3 bin auto-sheet feeder


RISC System/6000 Attachment:
—Direct attach to RISC System/6000 or via workstation


S/390 Attachment
— IBM 3174 via the Asynchronous Emulation Adapter 
— IBM 3482 InfoWindow II Display Station
— PC workstation


PC Attachment: IBM Personal System/2 and compatibles
LAN Attachment: Ethernet and IBM Token-Ring via a PC or
the IBM 4033 LAN adapter box or equivalent


Serial – RS-232 and RS-422A

  Parallel – IEEE-1284/Centronics
Power Wattage All models except 40 Watts / Max 90 watts
Power Voltage Line Auto Ranging 100-120 VAC, 200-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz (+/-10%)
Operating Temp Environmental Operating Temperature 50° to 104° F, 10° to 40° C 
Print Width 13.2” ,    13.6” 4x3 and 5x3 ASCII only
Media Types Forms:   Thickness: Up to .64mm thickness or maximum weight of 163 g/m2
  Length:  3” to 14”
  Width: 3” to 15”
  Copies: Carbon Multipart: 4 copies
    Carbonless Multipart: 6 copies
    Single Part:  67.7 g/m2
Environmental  53 dBA
Dimensions IBM 4230
Height 13” (mm)
Width 26” (660mm)
Depth 15” (mm)
Printer Weight 
45 lbs. (kg)
Shipping Weight 70 lbs. (kg) 

Ribbons: High Yield Ribbon approx 9 Million Character

  Part no. 1040440


We also carry features and spare parts for this unit,  in Stock for Immediate Shipment. 

Call one of our Printer Specialist  for a  pricing and help with a configuration.



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