Type-Wheel Printer (Daisy-Wheel)

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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.

Advantages[edit]

  • 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

Disadvantages[edit]

  • Noisy printing
  • No graphics
  • Limited number of characters/types
  • The character set is changed by replacing the daisy wheel

Type-wheel printer models[edit]

  • Commodore: CBM8026, CBM8027, CBM 8028, CBM 8229 (CBM 8028 with 16 KByte memory), DPS-1101