Differences Between Impact and Non-Impact Printers
1. Impact Printers
Impact printers these Printers use an Electro-mechanical mechanism. An impact printer refers to all those printers whose printing heads touch the paper. His mechanism uses hammers or pins to strike against a ribbon and paper to print the text or image.
2. Non -Impact Printers
These printer uses ink and special electrical machines for producing outputs. Non – impact printers are all those printers whose printing heads do not touch paper. A non impact printer forms characters and image on a piece of paper without actually striking the paper.
Comparison Chart Between Impact & Non-Impact Printers
|S. N.||Features||Impact printers||Non-Impact printers|
|1||Mechanism||It produces print on paper by striking mechanism.||It produces print on paper with a non-striking mechanism . it uses Electro static or thermal mechanism.|
|2||Working||It uses pins, hammers or wheel to strike against an inked
ribbon to print on a paper.
|It uses laser, spray of special ink, or heat and pressure to
print on paper.
|3||Color output||impact printers has no color capacity||Non-Impact printers can print clear color, good for printing pictures|
|4||Cost||Impact printers are normally less expansive.||Non-Impact printers are more expansive.|
|5||Graphics Image||Except of dot matrix printer, these printers can not print graphics images||These printer can easily print graphical images|
|6||Tools||Impact printers use special inked ribbons to produce print
on paper when print head strikes.
|Non-Impact printers use toner or cartridge for printing on
|7||Speed||Impact printers are low speed printers.||Non-Impact printers are very fast. They can print many pages
|8||Sound effects or Noise||Impact printers are high noise level because they strike print head.||Non-Impact printers do not make a noise level because they do not use striking mechanism in which print head strikes on ribbon and paper etc.|
|9||Character style||The character style can not be changed in the impact printer (except of dot matrix)||It can print different types of characters form busing the individual printer|
|10||Copy print||Impact printers can produce multiple copies of the text.||Non impact printers can produce only a single copy of the text|
|11||Technology||Impact printers use old printing technologies.||Non impact printers use latest printing technologies.|
|12||Examples||Dot matrix,Daisy wheel
printers, Drum Printers and Chain Printers etc.
|Laser printers, Inkjet
printers and Thermal Printers etc.