In computing, a printer is a peripheral which makes a persistent human-readable representation of graphics or text on paper or similar physical media.

Personal printers are primarily designed to support individual users, and may be connected to only a single computer. These printers are designed for low-volume, short-turnaround print jobs, requiring minimal setup time to produce a hard copy of a given document. However, they are generally slow devices ranging from 6 to around 25 pages per minute (ppm), and the cost per page is relatively high. However, this is offset by the on-demand convenience. Some printers can print documents stored on memory cards or from digital cameras and scanners.

Types of printers

Networked or shared printers are “designed for high-volume, high-speed printing.” They are usually shared by many users on a network and can print at speeds of 45 to around 100 ppm. The Xerox 9700 could achieve 120 ppm.

A virtual printer is a piece of computer software whose user interface and API resembles that of a printer driver, but which is not connected with a physical computer printer. A virtual printer can be used to create a file which is an image of the data which would be printed, for archival purposes or as input to another program, for example to create a PDF or to transmit to another system or user.

A 3D printer is a device for making a three-dimensional object from a 3D model or other electronic data source through additive processes in which successive layers of material (including plastics, metals, food, cement, wood, and other materials) are laid down under computer control. It is called a printer by analogy with an inkjet printer which produces a two-dimensional document by a similar process of depositing a layer of ink on paper.

How to install the Printer?

Set Up A Windows Printer: With Windows based computers there are two ways to set up a printer. Usually the easiest way to install a printer is to plug the printer into the USB port on the computer and it will install the printer drivers automatically. But on rare occasions, simply plugging in your printer won’t properly install all of your drivers. For example, if you have bought an all-in-one printer/scanner/copier, the computer may only install one or two of the printer drivers.

The better way to install a printer is to do a manual install. To manually install a printer and the proper printer drivers you have to put the CD into your computer that came with your printer and then follow the step-by-step instructions.

Set Up A Printer To An Apple Computer: To set up a printer on an Apple Computer, you can follow the same basic instructions. Usually iMacs and MacBooks come preinstalled with printer drivers. If the printer doesn’t work, update your drivers and move on from there.

If you need help installing a new printer, you can contact DMV Geek. We install printers, set wireless printers on a network, and update printer drivers.