Thermal Printer

From C64-Wiki
Jump to navigationJump to search

As opposed to most mechanical printers, a thermal printer prints by applying heat.

There are two methods of printing by using thermal printers:

  • The first one is printing to special coated paper, which changes its color by applying heat. This is called direct thermal printing.
  • The second method, thermal transfer printing, works together with a special ribbon that prints the color where it is heated. It can be used only once.

Advantages[edit | edit source]

  • Low initial cost
  • Quiet operation
  • Graphics printout possible

Disadvantages[edit | edit source]

  • Slow print speed
  • Expensive special paper or ribbon
  • Unstable printouts, if coated paper is used (printout fades within few months until it is totally unreadable)
  • No carbon copies possible

Models[edit | edit source]

Links[edit | edit source]

WP-W11.png Wikipedia: Thermal_printer