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What is the difference between plastic and fabric ribbons for Dot Matrix printers?

RELATES TO:

  • Dot Matrix printers
  • Fabric ribbon
  • Plastic ribbon

EXPLANATION:

Two types of ribbon are available for Epson dot matrix printers: plastic and fabric. Each has their own benefits and the ribbon's suitability depends on particular print work you wish to perform.

  • A plastic ribbon will give you sharper crisper print as it is made from a more smooth plastic continuous surface. However, these ribbons are designed for single use and tend to be slightly more expensive.

  • A fabric ribbons is longer lasting as the ribbon can be run past the print head more than once before running out of ink. Due to the type of material used, the printed text is not as crisp as when a plastic ribbon is used.

Compatibility

Epson supplies quality ribbons for all its dot matrix printers. Considerable research and development has gone into the production of these Epson original ribbons. Epson manufacture all their ribbons to the highest possible specification to ensure the maximum efficiency of the Epson printer. Using only Genuine Epson consumables ensures our hardware continues to offer optimum performance throughout a long and trouble-free working life.

Model Part number Description
LQ-1000
LQ-1010
LQ-1050
LQ-1070
LQ-1070+
LQ-1150
LQ-1170
C13S015022 Black Fabric Ribbon
C13S015255 Black Plastic (Film) Ribbon
LQ-200
LQ-400
LQ-450
LQ-500
LQ-550
LQ-570
LQ-580
LQ-800
LQ-870
C13S015021 Black Fabric ribbon
C13S015255 Black Plastic (Film) ribbon
LQ-300
LQ-300+
LQ-300+II
C13S015021 Black Fabric ribbon
C13S015077 Colour Fabric Ribbon
C13S015255 Black Plastic (Film) ribbon


To find the range of available ribbons for your printer, visit the online Epson Store.

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