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Encyclopedia > Daisy wheel printer

A daisy wheel printer is a type of computer printer that produces high-quality type, and is often referred to as a letter-quality printer (this in contrast to high-quality dot-matrix printers, capable of near-letter-quality, or NLQ, output). There were also, and still are daisy wheel typewriters, based on the same principle. A computer printer is a computer peripheral device that produces a hard copy (permanent human-readable text and/or graphics, usually on paper) from data stored in a computer connected to it. ... A letter-quality printer was a form of computer impact printer that was able to print with the quality typically expected from a business typewriter such as an IBM Selectric. ... A dot matrix printer or impact matrix printer normally refers to a type of computer printer with a print-head that runs back and forth on the page and prints by impact, striking an ink-soaked cloth ribbon against the paper, much like a typewriter. ...


The system used a small wheel with each letter printed on it in raised metal or plastic. The printer turns the wheel to line up the proper letter under a single pawl which then strikes the back of the letter and drives it into the paper. In many respects the daisy wheel is similar to a standard typewriter in the way it forms its letters on the page, differing only in the details of the mechanism (daisy wheel vs typebars or the typeball used on IBM Selectric typewriters). This Smith Premier typewriter, purchased around the end of the 19th century, was found abandoned in the Bodie ghost town. ... A typebar is an arm inside a typewriter with a characters on the end of it. ... International Business Machines Corporation (IBM, or colloquially, Big Blue) (NYSE: IBM) (incorporated June 15, 1911, in operation since 1888) is headquartered in Armonk, New York, USA. The company manufactures and sells computer hardware, software, and services. ... The IBM Selectric typewriter (occasionally known as the IBM Golfball typewriter) is the electric typewriter design that brought the typewriter into the electronic age starting in 1961. ...


Daisy wheel printers were fairly common in the 1980s, but were always less popular than dot matrix printers (ballistic wire printers) due to the latter's ability to print graphics and different fonts. With the introduction of high quality laser printers and inkjet printers in the later 1980s daisy wheel systems quickly disappeared but for the small remaining typewriter market. A dot matrix printer or impact matrix printer refers to a type of computer printer with a print head that runs back and forth on the page and prints by impact, striking an ink-soaked cloth ribbon against the paper, much like a typewriter. ... A laser printer is a common type of computer printer that produces good quality printing, and is able to produce text and graphics. ... Ink jet printers are the most common type of computer printer; and industry and commerce also use them extensively for special-purpose applications. ...


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Daisy wheel printer - definition of Daisy wheel printer in Encyclopedia (230 words)
In many respects the daisy wheel is similar to a standard typewriter in the way it forms its letters on the page, differing only in the details of the mechanism (daisy wheel vs typebar or IBM 'typeball').
Daisy wheel printers were fairly common in the 1980s, but were always less popular than ballistic wire printers due to the latter's ability to print graphics and different fonts.
With the introduction of high quality laser printers and ink jet printers in the later 1980s daisy wheel systems quickly disappeared but for the small remaining typewriter market.
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