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A daisy wheel printer is a specific type of mechanical impact printer popular in the 1970s that used individual letter, number and symbol keys to imprint text on paper. This innovation on the electric typewriter became popular for its speed and quality, but later fell out of fashion in the 1990s.
Part of the appeal of a daisy wheel printer was that it would produce what was called “letter-quality” print. Another popular type of printer of that time, the dot matrix printer, usually did not produce letter-quality text, but produced a rather rough output of text characters generated by sequences of small dots. Because the daisy wheel printer used a letter-quality imprint, the print results were letter quality. However, in the 1980s, manufacturers started coming up with laser printers and inkjet printers that would provide letter-quality printing, and daisy wheel printers largely became obsolete.