Difference between impact and non impact printers

The difference between the impact and the non impact printer is that impact printer is more mechanical printer which requires constant hitting of the mechanical pins with ribbon ink to print on paper whereas the non impact printer uses a variety of latest technologies to print they can charge the paper electrically and then spray the ink on the paper and this will create the print on paper.

Difference between impact and non impact printers

IMPACT PRINTER NON IMPACT PRINTER
The character is printed by striking ink ribbon on paper The character is printed without striking on paper
The printing involves hammering of the metal pins with a dye on paper The printing involves  electrically charging paper and then passing it through a toner
The impact printer prints on a long continuous sheet of paper (eg. newspaper roll) and the person has to separate the printed sheet of paper manually from the printer. The non impact printer uses separate sheets of paper ( eg. A4 sheets) and does not require any person to separate the paper.
The impact printers are fast and can print up to 250 words per second. The non impact printers are slow and can cover up to 1 page in a second.
The impact printer is mechanical and hence generates a lot of noise  The non impact printer does not generate a lot of noise
The impact printer uses electric and mechanical devices to print The impact printer uses electric and mechanical devices to print
The print quality of impact printer is less than the non impact The print quality of non impact printer is more than the impact 
The impact printer utilizes old printing technology  The non impact printer utilizes the latest technology.
The impact printers are made to produce multiple copies of the same page. The non impact printer cannot produce multiple copies of the same page as same as an impact printer can
The impact printer resemble those of a typewriter having a metal pin hitting an ink ribbon on paper The non impact has a cartridge that hits the ink on the electrically charged paper.
There is a direct contact by the printing mechanism and the paper to print  There is no direct contact between the printing mechanism and the paper to print
The impact printer can be seen in offices and newspaper production The non impact printer can be seen in homes and shops
The impact printer is less costly than a non impact printer The non impact printer is costlier than the impact printer
These printers are more durable This printer requires maintenance after some time
They are used to print identical pages They are used to print different pages
The impact printer has more moving parts than non impact printer The non impact printer has few to none moving parts
It is difficult to print graphical images with impact printer except for dot printer no other impact printer can print graphical images The non impact printer is made to print graphical images
Examples of the impact printer are dot printer, daisy printer, line printer, drum printer, etc. Examples of non impact printers are laser printers, inkjet printers, thermal printers, etc.

 

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