Impact Printers

Impact printer refers to a class of printers that work by banging a head or needle against an ink ribbon to make a mark on the paper. This includes dot-matrix printers, daisy-wheel printers, and line printers. In contrast, laser and ink-jet printers are nonimpact printers.The distinction is important because impact printers tend to be considerably noisier than nonimpact printers but are useful for multipart forms such as invoices. Impact printers are the oldest printing technologies still in active production. Some of the largest printer vendors continue to manufacture, market, and support impact printers, parts, and supplies. Impact printers are most functional in specialized environments where low-cost printing is essential. The three most common forms of impact printers are dot-matrix, daisy-wheel, and line printers. Our impact printer products are :

- Line Matrix Printer

- Dot Matrix Printer

 

source : Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3: Introduction to System Administration, Chapter 7. Printers and Printing