Dot matrix printer is an impact printer that prints using a fixed number of pins or wires. Typically the pins or wires are arranged in one or several vertical columns. The pins strike an ink-coated ribbon and force contact between the ribbon and the paper, so that each pin makes a small dot on the paper. The combination of these dots forms a dot matrix image. They were also known as serial dot matrix printers.

While inkjet and laser printers technically exhibit dot matrix printing, they are not considered to be “dot matrix printers”.

This style of printer also has low costs per page, as when ink is running low, the print just fades out rather than just stopping during a job. They are an excellent choice for large companies who need low printing costs rather than high quality printing.

The quality of print is determined by the number of pins that print the dots and can vary between 9 and 24, with a 24-pin dot matrix printer, such as Epson LQ-350 A4 Mono Dot Matrix Printer, offering the best quality.

Generally, the speed at which dot matrix printers print can be anything between 50 and 5,000 characters, depending on the print quality required. Most of these printers have a setting which allows you to change the speed.

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