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Choosing the right printer.

If you’ve been shopping for printers online recently, you’ll notice when you browse there are a lot of options. There are laser printers, laser jet printers, cut sheet lasers, dot matrix printers, line matrix printers, receipt printers and thermal printers. As an IT user you may be wondering, what the difference is between all of these printers. Before you make a purchase you need to know what these printers are used for so you can make the best choice. Listed below is a short explanation of what these printers do and what brands are available. Quinn Data buys and sells the brands listed both new and refurbished

Laser Printer

A laser printer or laser jet printer is a common type of computer printer that rapidly prints high quality text and graphics on 8.5 x 11 plain paper. Wider formats are available. Most are toner cartridge based but some use ink packs. Along with photocopiers and MFP’s, laser printers employ a xerographic printing process, but differ from analog photocopiers in that the direct scanning of a laser beam across the printer photoreceptor produces the image. Laser printers are rated in pages per minute or PPM. High-speed laser printers are referred to as cut sheet printers and can print from 60 PPM to a few hundred PPM and can include many options for collating, booklet making and stapler/stacking. HP, Lexmark, Kyocera, Infoprint, Ricoh and Xerox are just a few of the companies who sell a broad variety of color and mono laser printers. Some laser printers are specifically designed for banking; check printing and secured printing usage, which use MICR toner.  Source Technology is one of only a few companies who offer MICR laser printers. We offer the brands listed new and refurbished.

Thermal Printer

There are two types of thermal printer; a direct thermal printer and a thermal transfer printer. A direct thermal printer produces a printed image by selectively heating coated thermal paper when the paper passes over the thermal print head causing the paper to turn black in the areas where it is heated, producing an image. Direct thermal printers can print both black and an additional color, usually red; these are called Two-color direct thermal printers. Thermal transfer printers use a heat-sensitive ribbon instead of heat –sensitive paper to produce an image. Custom made firmware enables the printers to produce barcodes, graphics and logos. These printers are widely used in hospitals, warehousing, manufacturing and shipping. Zebra Technologies, Printronix, Intermec and Datamax are a few companies who make thermal printers. Quinn Data is an authorized reseller for the brands listed above, new or refurbished.

Dot Matrix Printer

A dot matrix or impact matrix printer is a type of printer that uses a print head or dual print head to move across or up and down a page where it strikes an ink-soaked cloth ribbon against the paper much like a typewriter. However, unlike a typewriter, the letters are drawn using a matrix of dots to form the image. Because the printing is mechanical, these printers can produce multi-part carbon and carbonless copies sometimes as many as 8 or 9 copies. These printers are highly durable. They are available in 80 and 132 column formats to allow for a variety of page widths. The 132 column printers are particularly suited for accounting reports and other wide format reports.  They use 9, 18 or 24 pin print heads that can print in near-letter-quality (NLQ) for high resolution printing requirements and 9 pin print head for faster printing.  Dot Matrix printers are rated in characters per second or CPS. The higher the CPS the faster the printer. Lexmark, Okidata, Dascom, Tally, Epson, IBM and Infoprint are a few examples of companies who make or made these printers. These are used in a wide variety of businesses including manufacturing and retail printing environments. Quinn Data has been selling or buying new and refurbished dot matrix printers for more than 30 years.

Line Matrix Printer

A line matrix printer is a hybrid printer that is a combination of a line printer and a dot matrix printer. Basically it uses a print head or dual print head and an ink-soaked ribbon to print a line of dots at very high speed. While dot matrix printers are rated by CPS, line matrix printers are rated by lines per minute or LPM. Roughly speaking a 650 CPS printer will equal a 240 LPM printer. Line matrix printers start at 500 LPM and go up to 2000 LPM. They can print bar codes, text and graphics. They are used by businesses that have high volume printing requirement such as banks, manufacturing, and back office environments. Printronix, Tally, Genicom, IBM and Infoprint are some of the companies that offer these printers. As an authorized reseller, Quinn Data buys and sells all of the brands mentioned both new and refurbished.

Receipt Printer

Receipt printers are a family of printers that do what the name suggests; they are used to print receipts. But they also have many more capabilities than just receipts. They come in a variety of printing types including dot matrix, thermal and inkjet. They are used for receipts, color receipts, validation printing, check reader MICR printing, bar code printing and more. These printers have a broad variety of applications from retail to manufacturing to mobile printing and much more. They have options that include cutters, Tear-Bars and multipart forms. Generally speaking they use 4” wide or narrower paper and print at 4 to 6 lines per second, Epson and IBM are the most common brands but many more manufacturers also make these printers. We buy and sell a broad variety of receipt printers.

Useful Acronyms
mmmc (minimum monthly maintenance charge)
amc (annual maintenance charge)
otc (one time charge)
f/c (feature code)
dpi (dots per inch)
cps (character per second)
lpm (lines per minute)
ppm (pages per minute)
Approximate Speed Conversions
cps x .67 = lpm
lpm / .67 = cps
ppm x 50 = cps
cps / 50 = ppm
ppm x 33 = lpm
lpm / 33 = ppm

Lexmark Printers New - Used CLI - Computer Labs International - Text Terminals - New Used Dascom Serial Dot Matrix Printers Kyocera Laser Printers - New / Used New and Used Intermec printers and equipment, service contracts Discounted Printronix continuous form printers, New and Used Copiers, Color Printers, Fax Machines, Supplies & Service Contracts, Ricoh Reliable used and new bar code & specialty label printing solutions for Zebra Line printers, dot matrix printers, laser, and color laser printer systems from Tally. Monochrome printers new and used.

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