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Dot matrix printers are essential pieces of equipment in point-of-sale, warehouse, rental, and practice facility settings for preparing multi-sheet forms when itemizing bills or services. They have printheads that contain pins that punch ink dots using electromagnetic current to form characters and numbers. The impact of the pins provides enough force to leave text impressions on all pages. Read More

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Dot matrix printers for a variety of forms

Unlike laser or inkjet printers that transfer toner or ink onto paper with either electrostatic or ejectable discharge, the printing system of a dot matrix printer consists of pins that impact against ink ribbon cartridges. The impression the pins leave is enough to strike through as many as six pages of carbonless forms, including itemization documents like invoices, purchase orders, and shipping forms in a single pass. Most matrix printers can thus yield multipart forms much more quickly than even the fastest all-in-one printers. Many of these devices come with quiet mode systems to reduce the decibel levels associated with the force of the contact pins.

Matrix printers have versatile, sturdy printheads

Many printheads on dot matrix printers consist of spring-activated pins made of lightweight magnetic alloys, like samarium cobalt. The printer dot matrix configuration consists of either a 9 or 24-pin system, primarily with monochrome output. A 9-pin system is fast, with some devices printing out between 500 and 600 or more characters per second on multi-sheet forms. A 24-pin configuration outputs more slowly, but saturates each character more fully, yielding resolutions of up to 360 x 360 dpi in monochrome. Both 9 and 24-pin printouts are fully scannable in desktop and flatbed scanners.

Many of these machines offer a generous range of fonts or character sets, including international languages, symbols, and barcodes, as well as up to four times character scalability. In addition, the wide head gap of dot matrix printers that accommodates multipage feeds, combined with impact printing functionality, means people can use them to output text and characters on heavy card stock or glossy surfaces with high-quality results.


Most dot matrix impact printers come with parallel interfaces, including IEEE interfaces, for legacy devices including fax machines. Many also have USB ports for printing files directly from travel drives.

Dot matrix printer brands

Well-known manufacturers of printing equipment also offer dot matrix printers, including the following:

  • OKI
  • Epson®
  • Lexmark™

Check them out at Quill to see whether your business would benefit from impact-printing systems that double as multi-sheet form and document output devices.