By printing each line of characters in a single pass, it not only prints faster than its 9-pin ancestor, it also achieves smoother curves and diagonals on letters such as O, C, V and Y The downside is that most pin machines are noisy. The pin’s finer dot size and arguably better linearity alignment of dots , however, might improve the appearance of the hardcopy. Sound is measured on a log scale and each reduction by 3 dB decibels represents a percent reduction in volume. This noise reduction has been achieved by adding thicker and bigger covers, foam blocks, and technology that Panasonic calls Quiet Touch. It’s nice to have a printer with a variety of crisp internal LQ fonts. That’s because they have more pins and they print faster. Single sheets or envelopes can be used after first “parking” the fanfold paper.
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Most pin printers sound like a dentist’s drill and preclude any conversation nearby.
Panasonic KX-P Parallel Pin Dot Matrix Printer
Before using the tear-off feature or fanfold parking or before loading for the first time, remember to set the top-of-form option. A pin printhead essentially prjnter three offset columns of 8 pins each. Panasonic printers have always been known for their letter quality LO fonts, and now it’s comforting to see that their new product line has been made quieter as well.
The KX-P can load fanfold paper panasonkc from the rear tractor push or the bottom tractor pull. You can easily churn out a professional-looking document with a KX-P The KX-P becomes a seven-color printer by adding a relatively inexpensive color cartridge and motor option.
Adding a Xetec Super Graphics Jr. Single sheets can be fed from the top, and an optional sheet feeder is available. Most 64 graphic programs don’t exploit the highest density available on 9-pin printers dpi ; therefore, they can’t use the higher dpi resolution of pin printers.
The pin’s finer dot size and arguably better linearity alignment of dotshowever, pwnasonic improve the appearance of the hardcopy. That’s because they have more pins and they print faster.
Although the nylon ribbons that are universally used by ox printers are economical and satisfactory, it’s a pity that Panasonic and other manufacturers don’t produce carbon film ribbons. Never print without the ribbon for more than a few lines, though. By printing each line of characters in a single pass, it not only prints faster than its 9-pin ancestor, it also achieves smoother curves and diagonals on letters such as O, C, V and Y The downside is that most pin machines are noisy.
If your computer system is used for any text-based application and you need good quality professional printouts but cannot afford or justify the purchase panasonci a laser printer, then the color-upgradable Panasonic KX-P with its two-year warranty printfr a reliable, efficient, and economical alternative.
This can be quickly demonstrated if you print a few lines without the ribbon through a quality sheet of carbon paper placed over the printer paper. Anything that could be done to make them quieter would be appreciated. A “zero-inch tear off” is a convenient paper-saving feature that advances a recently printed sheet of fanfold for tearing ;2123 then retracts the blink sheet back to printing position. For 64 users, resident LQ fonts such as these are vital.
Single sheets or envelopes can be used after first “parking” the fanfold paper. The pull is gentler, yet panasnic, when the curved top is resting on the paper, not down all the way. These would offer a truly highquality output option for those who want their documents to look their best.
Sound is measured on a log scale and each reduction by 3 dB decibels represents a percent reduction in volume. For 64 users, the primary advantage of using a pin printer would have to be in text-based applications.
One way to reduce noise even further with this printer is to adjust the printhead gap with the supplied lever.
Panasonic KX-P2123 Operating Instructions Manual
Although GEOS offers a variety panaxonic fonts, they don’t look professional. The chatter appreciably diminishes as you move the printhead closer to the paper subject to paper thickness. A conventional nylon ribbon actually reduces the apparent sharpness of a pin printer. In addition to ink, ribbons carry lubricants that help cool the printhead and protect it from damage. The printing panasonoc of the KX-P is said to be as fast as that of the KX-P, but the real improvement is in the significantly lower noise level.
On the negative side, the KX-P retains its predecessor’s somewhat convoluted LED matrix front panel for setting a multitude of printer options such as the font, pitch, form length, quiet mode, margins, and macros.
It’s nice to have a printer with a variety of crisp internal LQ fonts. Programs that allow you to define printer configuration files, such as The Write Stuff, also work with a minor effort. A typical 9-pin character uses a matrix of 18 x 18 dots, whereas a pin character uses a matrix of 30 x 24 dots and gets printed at roughly twice the 9-pin speed.
If your program supports only older Commodore printers, however, then you’re limited to using the interface-based Commodore fonts that generally don’t use the higher resolution of pin printers. The manual neglects to mention this.