Printers explained in details
Printer is one of the Computers output devices. The main function of the printer is to provide a hard copy of your data. They are four different types of printers available in market today, these are: Inkjet printers, Thermal Printers, Laser Printers, and Impact Printers.
Briefly explanation of different types of printers:
- Laser printer: This type of printer use a laser to paint an electronic image onto a rotating drum. The drum then transfers the image to a piece of paper by using toner, which is then melted onto the paper. These printers are very fast and produce a high quality output, but the are very expensive.
- Thermal printer: This kind of printer heats up a special paper to print the output. This kind of printer is used in many cash register receipts, ATM receipts, and lottery tickets.
- Inkjet printer: This kind of printer sends little streams or jets of ink from the print head on the paper. This type of printer is inexpensive and common in many small office and home environment. The only drawback is that the ink is very expensive.
- Impact printer: This is the type of printer that uses pins (hammers) head to print its output on the print paper. This printer is very noisy and slow, but is the only one that can print the multipart forms used in some business.
Before deciding which printer to purchase you need to understand some basic terminologies that are used in printing business. These terminologies will help you to choose, which printer to purchase.
Common terminology used in printing business.
- PPM (Page Per Minute): This terminology used to describe how much pages can be printed by the printer in one minute. Example, these are common numbers for different printer types: laser printer can print between 10 and 100 PPM. Impact printers are much slower and are sometimes measured in character per second (CPS) instead.
- DPI (Dots Per Inch): This terminology used to describe how many dots will be used in one inch of the page to print output on paper. Printer uses dots to form output. This is used to measure clarity or resolution of the printer.
- Duplexing Assembly: Printers with this assembly can print double sided print jobs. They flip the page so the printer can print on the other side.
In order to instal a new printer into your system. First you will need to install drivers into your system before connecting your printer. This will assure that when you connect your printer to your system it will find required drivers, which will allow your system to communicate with your printer. Many printers are sold with their drivers in CD or you can download compatible drivers for your printer from printer manufacturer website.
The most common way a printer is connected to the computer is by using a USB connection. Printer commonly have a USB Type B port, and you use a cable with a USB Type A connector on one end for the computer and a USB Type B connector on the other end for the printer.
Now days you can find printers that can be connected to the computer wirelessly either via Bluetooth, infrared, or wireless network.
Printers can also be shared to be used by other users in a network. This is achieved by follow simple steps. This is the tutorial on how to share printer on Microsoft windows 10.
- Click on the start button, and then search for DEVICES AND PRINTERS.
- Open DEVICES AND PRINTERS, you will be prompted by the new windows will all your devices listed. Choose the printer you want to share under the PRINTERS category.
- Right click on the printer you want to share, and choose properties from the options menu. Click on the sharing tab.
- Select the SHARE THIS PRINTER check box to share your printer. That's is all you need to do to share your printer.
You can manage your printing jobs via the provided application. Many printer manufacturers provide official application that can be used to manage printing jobs, and also provide important details about your printer like ink level, or if the printer is require maintenance.