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My Panasonic dot-matrix printer in DOS mode was more flexible.
Such a printer is not capable - unlike a modern high-resolution laser printer -
of producing camera-ready copy for publishing. The Selectric Composer, on the
other hand, did have that capability, which accounts for my interest.
It depends on the application.
I prepared many documents for duplication using my dot-matrix printer.
Obviously, they weren't things like sales documents. But the printing
in NLQ was certainly clear enough for internal or informal documents.
There was also variety between dot matrix printers. My first one, I
bought in 1982, it was slow, it was noisy and barely made the characters,
and no descenders, so it wasn't even close to near letter quality. I
ended up buying a Smith Corona daisy wheel printer, which some said was
really an electric typewriter without the keyboard but with an interface.
I think it was, eventually a gear broke, making it useless. But then I
got a second dot matrix printer in 1989, and it was good "near letter
quality" print, so it took over from the two previous printers. I felt it
was good enough for my uses, and faster. Even in the better quality
modes, where there was often overprinting to get better results, it was
faster than the two previous printers.
I thought you said you had a 24pin printer, that had to be better than
that 8pin of mine from 1989. I think I found one much later, but never put
it into use because I had moved on.
I do remember that time I got an inkjet printer, and yes, it was so much
nicer in print quality and faster, that was the first time I printed
graphics (as in digital photos). I know I used up the cartridge refill
fast since I was printing lots of stuff, mostly because I could. I was
clearing out some old fileboxes the other day, and I really was printing
out fairly useless things, just because it was nice quality and fast.
But I soon learned that inkjet ink smeared when it got wet, and I never
refilled that used printer. I think there might have been a second reason
against inkjets, but I can't remember. I used it for about two months.
Then I got a laser printer really cheap, and I'll never go back.