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Printer Information

Printers are a common accessory for home PCs, and are ever present in the office environment. Dot-matrix or impact printers are not often used today except in special situations where a physical impact into the paper is needed (for example when making carbon copies). Laser printers are common for offices, being a very cheap and efficient method for printing many black and white documents. Color laser printers exist, but are more expensive. Most home PCs use Ink or Bubble Jet type color printers. Inkjet printers can be very cheaply made, but often use expensive, proprietary color cartridges. They can produce extremely high quality printouts suitable for digital photographs, usually designated a "Photo Printer" by the manufacturer if it supports high enough clarity and resolution for photographs. Most newer printers connect to a free USB port on a PC, but parallel port connections are still common and available.

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