Frequently Asked Question

What is the difference between PCL5 Printers and PCL6 Printers?
Last Updated 8 years ago

PCL5/PCL5e (the latter being an extended version) is an escape-based language, using an ASCII representation, but is relatively unstructured ); so you can edit a PCL5 print stream relatively easily. This where the SAMCO printer type works well.

PCL6 (aka PCL XL) is a completely different language, uses a binary representation, and is much more structured; for these reasons, it is much more difficult to edit a PCL6 print stream. PCL XL has a closer relationshipt to the GDI used within Windows than does PCL5.

HP PCL 6 driver
  • Provided as the default driver on the product CD. This driver is automatically installed unless you select a different one.
  • Recommended for all Windows environments
  • Provides the overall best speed, print quality, and product-feature support for most users
  • Developed to align with the Windows Graphic Device Interface (GDI) for the best speed in Windows environments
  • Might not be fully compatible with third-party and custom software programs that are based on PCL 5

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