Different Types Of Printers

Printers are still a widely used electronic device that are used to produce hard copies of documents and other important reading material. Although soft copies are becoming more and more easy to read with the introduction of tablets and eBook readers, most people still prefer reading material off hard copies. Here are some of the types of printers that are available.
Dot Matrix Printer
One of the very first printer types that was developed is the Dot Matrix Printer. These types of printer work based on the same concept as a typewriter. There is a head that moves back and forth and strikes and ink soaked ribbon onto the paper. These pattern of dots are then used to form characters and words. These printers operate much slower than the models that were developed afterwards.
Ink Jet Printers
Probably the most common household printer would be the ink jet printers. These printers use ink cartridges as their source of ink. The ink head emits a tiny bubble of ink which bursts onto the paper and there are magnetised plates within the printer which can redirect the ink to form the desired shape. Cannon is a popular brand of ink jet printers and the Canon toner and cartridges are usually commercially available and sold at a low price. 
Laser printer
Probably the costliest of the printertypes is the laser printer. These printers work based on the special type of ink called toners. They stand out from other printers as they are quite fast and have a much higher print output rate than the ink jet printers. It is also capable of printing out much higher resolutions than a standard inkjet printer making it much more suitable if print quality is of high importance. Just like an ink jet printer, the ink is specific to the brand. So if you have an HP printer, you will need to use HP toner and not some other brand.
3D printer
Though it is categorised under printers, it is completely different to the other printers mentioned in that it doesn’t print anything onto paper. It is mainly used to produce objects which you can design using a Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. These use a special type of plastic called resin as their source of ink and the printers come in a variety of sizes. They are also becoming more and more cheap each year and eventually it should come at a very affordable price.
These are just some of the most common printers used. There are also other special customised printers which are suited to specific jobs and they aren’t discussed here as they aren’t very common.

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