Features include choice of fonts and pitch size. The 24-pin print head creates smooth, seamless type and graphics, creating a much neater appearance than a 9-pin. Ribbon can last up to a couple of months, even in an industrial setting. Easy to set up.
Cost may be prohibitive for just personal or casual use. Can be a challenge to change the ribbon.
Prints on continuous feed paper, single sheets, and various labels; also prints multiple-page invoices without incident. Comes with USB and power cords. Compatible with Windows 10. Incredibly durable, even withstanding environments prone to dust and dirt – and lasts for many years.
Set up is not intuitive and can be a bit involved. Much noisier than more expensive dot matrix printers.
Prints quickly, up to 347 characters per second. Energy efficient and uses less power than some similar models. Includes a USB port so remote printing can be set up. Fairly quiet for a dot matrix printer. Can print out invoices in triplicate.
Doesn't work as well printing graphic content and forms as it does standard, text-based documents.
Smaller size works great when space is an issue; designed for small and medium sized businesses. Prints labels, card stock, and envelopes as well as documents. Can print up to 400 characters per second. Control panel is easy to operate.
Graphics capabilities are very limited and only prints in black and white, making it appropriate for basic documents. Not compatible with Windows 10.
In SuperSpeed Draft mode, it will print up to 570 characters per second. Internal cooling fan keeps printer going, even during long or unattended jobs. Relatively simple to set up; works with Windows 10 and can handle multiple print projects, including labels.
Some users find it noisy. For larger jobs, may want to invest in extra printheads: they can wear out, making the print less legible.
A dot matrix printer is somewhat like a typewriter: pins and a ribbon impact the page while printing. Unlike ink and laser printers, dot matrix models can print through multiple pages or thicker papers because of the impact. This makes them a typical sight in offices and schools where forms and heavy paper are common. Dot matrix printers are available in in nine- and 24-pin models. The latter have a higher resolution that’s more comparable to other printer types. To decrease the price tag and level of complexity, a nine-pin printer may be preferable if you don't need the best resolution possible.
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