Distinguish between printer and plotter.

Subject Introduction to Computer System
NU Year Set: 3.(d) Marks: 3 Year: 2012

Distinguish between printer and plotter

Ø  A plotter is a device that draws pictures on the page with the help of commands given through a computer. On the other hand, a printer is a device that brings images and texts on the page with the help of commands given through a network.


Ø  A plotter provides the output in a format that is similar to a vector graphic whereas the output file data in case of a printer usually stored as bitmap or pixels.


Ø  The main benefit of the plotter is that they draw lines and figures on the page with the support of a pen and therefore, produce continuous lines. The lines are not continuous for the printer and therefore is at a disadvantage.


Ø  The main benefit of a printer is that people can get the document in hard copy format at a faster speed whereas the rate of a plotter is slower when compared.


Ø  Plotter uses a pen and in other cases knives to give shape to the image commanded whereas a printer either uses a needle or a pen to get the job done.


Ø  The primary type of printers is impact and non-impact printers whereas the main type of plotters is when the colors get different.

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