A printer is an output device that prints paper documents. This includes text documents, images, or a combination of both. The two most common types of printers are inkjet and laser printers. Inkjet printers are commonly used by consumers, while laser printers are a typical choice for businesses. Dot matrix printers, which have become increasingly rare, are still used for basic text printing.
The printed output produced by a printer is often called a hard copy, which is the physical version of an electronic document. While some printers can only print black and white hard copies, most printers today can produce color prints. In fact, many home printers can now produce high-quality photo prints that rival professionally developed photos. This is because modern printers have a high DPI (dots per inch) setting, which allows documents to printed with a very fine resolution.