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This section will examine the LO1 component regarding printers and the different types, operation and roles.

Printers are possibly the most common peripheral that is added to a stand alone computer system. In many cases, within working environments there will be network printers that many users share.

Modern printers are very powerful, allowing users to quickly print high quality hard copy output. The type of printing available ranges from simple black and white through to photographic quality colour prints.

Printers, like monitors, were at one point the more expensive computer components, but due to advances in technology the price of printers has fallen dramatically, and as such even home PCs are likely to be connected to a laser printer or an ink jet printer.

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