It’s easier to hit the print button

Which of these printer types requires a special paper coated with a color-changing chemical?

A) Inkjet

B) Thermal

C) Impact

D) Laser

E) Perhaps I should just buy graph paper instead of printing it

The answer: B) Thermal

Thermal printers operate by heating sections of a special paper to display information on the page.

Want to know more? Watch “Understanding Thermal Printers.”

If you’ve been handed a credit card receipt before, then you’re probably familiar with the output from a thermal printer. In this video, you’ll learn about the components used in thermal printing and the special paper used in this almost silent printing process.