Type-Wheel Printer (Daisy-Wheel)
A type-wheel printer works exactly like an electronic typewriter, i.e. the characters will be punched through a ribbon (mostly blue or black) onto the paper. The control of the printhead from left to right is performed by a motor and the punching of the characters is done via an electro magnet. The characters (also called types) are located on a wheel that gets positioned in the proper location.
Although the typeface and the printing quality is better than that of a dot-matrix printer, the possibilities of the printout are limited to the 92 distinct characters and punctuation marks of the font on the typewheel.
- Low maintenance
- Low costs
- Can create carbon copies
- Can use fan-fold paper and heavy paper grades
- Better print quality than a dot-matrix printer
- Noisy printing
- No graphics
- Limited number of characters/types
- The character set is changed by replacing the daisy wheel
Type-wheel printer models
- Commodore: CBM8026, CBM8027, CBM 8028, CBM 8229 (CBM 8028 with 16 KByte memory), DPS-1101