Dot Matrix printers
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. Letters are drawn out of a dot matrix, and thus, varied fonts and arbitrary graphics can be produced. Because the printing involves mechanical pressure, these printers can create carbon copies and carbonless copies.
A thermal printer (or direct thermal printer) produces a printed image by selectively heating coated thermochromic paper, or thermal paper, as it is commonly known, when the paper passes over the thermal print head. The coating turns black in the areas where it is heated, producing an image.
InkjetInkjet printers operate by propelling variably sized droplets of liquid or molten material (ink) onto almost any medium. The common features are low cost, high quality of output, capability of printing in vivid color, and ease of use.