|★ HARDWARE ★ PERIPHERIQUES ★ MicroStuffer ★|
|Imprimante Divers - Microstuffer|Amstrad Action)||Hardware Peripheriques|
The Microstuffer comes with 32 inches of ribbon cable, its plug fitting the printer's Centronics port. Your existing printer cable joins the computer to the Sniffer. There's also a power supply to support the buffer's 64k RAM. It's a nifty little transformer-rectifier that can convert mains to DC at various voltages between 3 and 12. But a battery might have been tidier as well as £10 cheaper.
When you plug everything in and switch on, the Stuffer performs a quick self-test. This verifies its RAM chips, microprocessor and circuitry. An extended self-test will even indicate which bank of RAM is faulty or indicate a broken wire etc -reassuring.
There are two pushbuttons on the front of Stuffer. Pressing one will cause the last document to be printed again: very useful if you need multiple copies. The second button clears the 64k.
When the Stuffet is operating, a diode flashes to indicate how much buffer space is left. The faster the flash the less space available. t
1 am impressed by the Microstuffer. It is a simple no-frills add-on that does a fine job. It has useful self-test, multiple copy and buffer-space features. In terms of ifee it scores highly: its RAM can hold data for four entire screen dumps or over 45 pages of text -perhaps two hours'printing - letting you get on with other jobs. The Stuffer is a device all printer owners should consider.