Dot matrix

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Dot matrix may refer to any of the following:

1. The term dot matrix refers to the process of using dots to form an image. In a dot matrix image, the quality is determined by the number of dots per inch.

Dot matrix printer2. Alternatively referred to as a pin printer, dot matrix printers were first introduced by IBM in 1957. However, the first dot matrix impact printer was created by Centronics in 1970. Dot matrix printers use print heads to shoot ink or strike an ink ribbon to place hundreds to thousands of little dots to form text and images. Today, dot matrix printers are utilized far less than they used to be due to their low quality images and slow print speed when compared to ink jet printers and laser printers. However, they still see a lot of use in certain sectors such as auto-part stores and package delivery companies.

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