Printer Central

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The printer, one of the more important peripherals for any computer these days, is a must-have for producing hard copy. It allows users to get hold of the tangible results of electronic data created and stored in the computer.

While printing presses still hold the number one spot for mass production of high definition results, many professional print and graphic businesses utilize a computer printer for fast and good quality prints.

There are many printer types, and one of these is the local peripheral printer, or computer printer. It is attached directly to the computer via a printer cable to enable the user to print data directly from the source. Another type of printer is the network printer, which is connected to many computers on a built-in network and allows local or network connected users to print hard copy results.

A user can choose to print data using an impact printer, a printing device that utilizes a print head containing several metal pins that strike against a ribbon to produce print on a page. An example of an impact printer is a dot-matrix printer, which is a low-definition device normally used in the printing of cash register receipts or invoices.

Meanwhile, a non-impact printer is a faster and quieter printer. Thermal printers fall under this category. Thermal printers use heat to print on special heat-receptive paper and are normally found in portable calculators. Another kind of non-impact printer, the ink-jet printer, squirts fine jets of ink from ink cartridges unto the paper.

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