Talk:Printer (computing)

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Business model[edit]

Most computer printers are sold on the "razor and razor blades" business model, where the printers are sold at artificially low prices in order to lock the user in to consuming a stream of ink cartridges sold at inflated prices.

Two problems with this: it's not NPOV, and it is rather particular to ink jet printers, rather than printers in general. I'm moving a toned down version over to the ink jet article. -- Ryguasu 12:50, 29 October 2002 (UTC) This does not have that must SWAG Please take it off — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:55, 23 October 2014 (UTC)

This does not have that must SWAG Please take it off

Messy uncited page[edit]

I've done a little bit of clean-up work on this page to fix some of the text (most of which is pretty good as is) and to try and make the headings a little more clear. This page is unnecessarily messy and has too many headings. It really needs to be worked over a bit to organize it better. It also has issues with being completely uncited.--Lendorien 15:17, 14 October 2006 (UTC)

Dangerous Particles[edit]

I was logging on at uni, and the potential dangers of printers has been discussed on QUT website. This was an unexpected find, but they're doing more research into it. I have edited toner printers breifly to show this. 23:08, 12 August 2007 (UTC)

Transfer from article to talk page[edit]

I have removed the following from the main article and put it here because it doesnt belong in the main article, but might be worth researching/reformatting to include later:

Mobile Minature Printers

Perhaps a product in the near future would be a mobile minature printer for photo and document printing. Would add convenience while increasing value to the end user.

Miniature integrated printed with handheld devices facilitate workers on the move to be more productive print information on the fly.

Lets C if minatuarization has gone that far! Something to see in the near term

StealthFox 01:09, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

colors in printers[edit]

how the printers will identify which color has to be printed —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:35, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

An idea[edit]

How about a mentioning of how printers don't work 95% of the time and just give shitty looking blue, pink, and yellow? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:09, 22 May 2008 (UTC)

Because most people who have the intelligence to use a computer can figure out how to use a printer. Knucktwo (talk) 21:45, 22 June 2008 (UTC)


I just removed the following from the section on line printers. The two companies mentioned are the same company, and the paragraph has been inserted by an IP belonging to printronix...

Line printers, better known as linematrix printers are widely used in the automotive, logistic and banking world for high speed and barcode printing. They are known as robust and durable printers that have the lowest price per page (form). Companies as Printronix Inc. and TallyGenicom are the leading manufactures today.

—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:23, 25 December 2009 (UTC)

paper feed types[edit]

Should this article have a section describing the variety of ways paper goes through printers (and possibly scanners), analogous to offset printing#Types of paper feed? Or is there already some other article on that topic? Something that mentions sprocket-fed continuous stationery, friction-feed cut sheet feeders, vacuum-lift cut sheet feeders, etc. ? -- (talk) 03:25, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

Line Printer[edit]

Yeah the title "Line Printer," is in one of those grey box thingy majiggers. You might want to have that removed. In order to make it a title you need to put two equal signs (==) front and back to make a title. Please would someone correct this mistake.-James Pandora Adams —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:55, 17 April 2011 (UTC)

Look out for possible copyright violations in this article[edit]

This article has been found to be edited by students of the Wikipedia:India Education Program project as part of their (still ongoing) course-work. Unfortunately, many of the edits in this program so far have been identified as plain copy-jobs from books and online resources and therefore had to be reverted. See the India Education Program talk page for details. In order to maintain the WP standards and policies, let's all have a careful eye on this and other related articles to ensure that no material violating copyrights remains in here. --Matthiaspaul (talk) 12:40, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

Don't know whether it is related or not but there still seems to be some copyright violations around (or at least I just removed one) with the odd word changed here and there. --wintonian talk 15:08, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

Critique-Printer(computing) HIST406-13110618904[edit]

The article begins by describing the function of the Printer and how it operates. It then gives examples of different types of printers, while providing acronyms along with the full names to inform the reader. The article then offers information on the productivity of the printer, and suggests that the printing press is a more preferred tool than the printer, when printing a large number of items. It then states that the first computer printer was created in the 19th century. The article gives descriptions of several different types of printers, more than i knew existed, and their different functions and methods of printing, one for example uses heat along with special paper to print out such things as receipts. And finishes by describing various attributes, such as speed, and different printing modes. In my opinion the writing style does not seem aimed at people who already have an understanding of the technology, but at people who know very little. It does not appear to me that this article is full of "big" words that could confuse the reader, but is very good at explaining what everything is and does.

While this article does provide a fair amount of pictures of several different types of printers, a majority of the printer types do not have photos to associate themselves with, and in my opinion they should be added so that the reader can put a "face" to the printer type.

While some of the sources referenced in this article do seem very credible, ie IBM journal of Research and Development, others do not seem as credible. Some sources used are from news stations, which can be credible, but are not peer-reviewed. This article could use more peer-reviewed sources to lend more credibility.

I did not find any frivolous or spurious contributions in the article, however after reading other entries in the talk section it has been noted that some people have copied and pasted things from other sources. However people have mentioned that they have actively been removing them.

When comparing this article to the one on Computer Printers in the Encyclopedia Britannica, i found that the Wikipedia article provides far more information on the topic, as well as longer descriptions of the different kinds of printers.

As i said previously, i suggest the addition of more images so that each printer type has an image to give the reader an idea of what that printer looks like. Also i noticed that there was very little information on the creation and development of the printer, in order for this to be a great article instead of a good one, it should include the history of the printer. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:38, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

Daisy wheel quality[edit]

"These printers were also referred to as letter-quality printers because, during their heyday, they could produce text which was as clear and crisp as a typewriter, though they were nowhere near the quality of printing presses." is incorrect. It wuold be true if such printers only used cloth ribbons, but with the carbon ribbons preferred for daisywheels the print quality was as good as metal print and more consistent, and vastly superior to traditional typewriters using cloth ribbon.

If you think about it, the printing element on a daisy operates like much traditional metal print, in that its a moulded character that presses carbon powder onto paper. (talk) 10:42, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

Braille printers[edit]

Maybe there should be section about printing Braille (Braille embosser) in section about printers that do not use ink. Or in special purpose section. -- (talk) 11:30, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

Cartridge patents[edit]

"To protect their business model, several manufacturers invest heavily in developing new cartridge technology and patenting it."

Some may criticize this as not resulting in any advancements because companies are merely obtaining patents to limit competition on cartridges to their particular printers without introducing improvements which is antithetical to the intent of the patent system. When the patent to one toner cartridge expires a company can simply discontinue the associated printers and patent a new design that introduces no advancements to prior designs but is merely meant to lock competitors out of making competing cartridges to new printers on the market.

Also how much R&D really needs to go into simply changing the form factor of a printer cartridge just to obtain a new patent and lock competitors out? Some may argue that the R&D necessary is not that extensive.

Not sure if any of these possible criticisms should be mentioned in the article but they are at least worth discussing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:53, 10 April 2016 (UTC)