Which printer technology is this?

Which printer technology uses paper that quietly turns black when heated, and is usually associated with receipt printers?

A) Laser printers

B) Dye-sublimation printers

C) Ink-dispersion printers

D) Thermal printers

The answer: D) Thermal printers

Thermal printers are inexpensive printers that are best used for short-term storage of printed information. The special paper used in thermal printers is very sensitive to light and heat, and the printed information on thermal paper tends to fade relatively quickly.

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