When locked down, it tends to pull the paper a touch too vigorously, resulting in some characters having a dotted or broken appearance. The chatter appreciably diminishes as you move the printhead closer to the paper subject to paper thickness. I found that, when using any of the double-pass printing modes, the output is better if the curved clear-plastic top of the removable pull-roller on top of the platen isn’t clamped down. Enter the new line of Panasonic machines. Single sheets can be fed from the top, and an optional sheet feeder is available. For 64 users, the primary advantage of using a pin printer would have to be in text-based applications. 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.
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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.
When locked down, it tends to pull the paper a touch too vigorously, resulting in some characters having a dotted or broken appearance.
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. The ;2123 should be especially attractive to most Commodore owners.
The KX-P becomes ptinter seven-color printer by adding a relatively inexpensive color cartridge and motor option. One way to reduce noise even further with this printer is to adjust the printhead gap with the supplied lever.
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.
By printing each line of characters in a panasonoc 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. Before using the tear-off feature or fanfold parking or panasnoic loading for the first time, remember to set the top-of-form option.
The chatter appreciably diminishes as you move the printhead closer to the paper subject to paper thickness.
This is a gear-driven assembly that normally pulls the paper and keeps printeer taut. Panasonic has found that noise is reduced when the pins are fired in a random manner, rather than in the sequential manner used by conventional printers. Anything prnter could be done to make them quieter would be appreciated.
The KX-P can load fanfold paper either from the rear tractor push or the bottom tractor pull. Although the nylon ribbons that are universally used by dot-matrix printers are economical and satisfactory, it’s a pity that Panasonic and other manufacturers don’t produce carbon film ribbons. It’s nice to have a printer with a variety of crisp internal LQ fonts. Adding a Xetec Super Graphics Jr. Not only is the KX-P quieter than earlier paanasonic, it also has several new features with hardly any increase in price.
For 64 users, resident LQ fonts such as these are vital. A typical 9-pin character uses a matrix of 18 x 18 dots, whereas a pin character uses a matrix pfinter 30 x 24 dots and gets printed at roughly twice the 9-pin speed. Sound is measured on a log scale and each reduction by 3 dB decibels represents a percent reduction in volume.
The manual neglects to mention this. The printing speed 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.
I found that, when using any of the double-pass printing modes, the output is better if the curved clear-plastic top of the removable pull-roller on top of the platen isn’t clamped down. If your computer system is used printre any text-based application and you need good quality professional printouts but cannot afford or justify the purchase of a laser printer, then the color-upgradable Panasonic KX-P with its two-year warranty is a reliable, efficient, and economical alternative.
You can easily churn out a professional-looking document with a KX-P For 64 users, the primary advantage of using a pin printer would have to be in text-based applications. A pin printhead essentially has three offset columns of 8 pins each.
Enter the new line of Panasonic machines. The pin’s finer dot size and arguably better linearity alignment of dotshowever, might improve the appearance of the hardcopy.
Single sheets or envelopes can be used after first “parking” the fanfold paper. Never print without the ribbon for more than a few lines, though. A conventional nylon ribbon actually reduces the apparent sharpness of a pin printer. The oanasonic is gentler, yet adequate, when the curved top is resting on the paper, not down all the way. This noise reduction has been achieved by adding thicker and bigger covers, foam blocks, and technology that Panasonic calls Quiet Touch.