Bringing Dot Matrix Printing into 2021 | Nostalgia Nerd

27 nov 2020
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Head to ​ to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code NOSTALGIANERD....Dot matrix printers, you remember; they've actually been around in some form since the 1920s, but really became a useful consumer product in the 70s. Remember that screeching sound bursting out of your corner desk whilst a piece of homework, or your freshly composed CV thrashes its way out of a print head? Well, thankfully dot matrix printers were also useful for printing dirty great banners, for all the best parties you could imagine. So, in this video, armed with a brand new Epson LX350 dot matrix printer, I will perform the duty of bringing the banner back for 2020.
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  • I think the software as some kind of gap /spacing pattern so that you can print banner on classic A4 paper and have room for overlapping them

    zeuss194zeuss1942 dagar sedan
  • My first printer is LX-300 and its work fine.

    An2rej KKAn2rej KK3 dagar sedan
  • Christ...Print Shop is still a thing? We had that back on the Commodore 64.

    TheTrueKingOfSpaceTheTrueKingOfSpace12 dagar sedan
  • I love dot matrix printers in the morning!

    Herb MyersHerb Myers14 dagar sedan
  • I still use an Epson LX-300+II as a back up in case the thermal printer breaks for air way bill. However, I use it if there's less than 10 AWB needed to be printed in a day.

    Ralph Gerard UyRalph Gerard Uy19 dagar sedan
  • Or just buy an Ink Tank Inkjet printer, which is insanely cheap, and never dries up.

    Coffee the Dragon ζCoffee the Dragon ζ19 dagar sedan
  • RS 232? Wait i can plug this into an arduino? Wtf

    radnukespeoplesmindsradnukespeoplesminds20 dagar sedan
  • 3:20 - And I'm apparently the only one here, old enough to know that this is not the way it actually works. :) On a 9-pin printer, the 9th pin is separate from all the others. Only the first 8 are used to print characters; the 9th is only used to underline printed characters.

    JVEsoft ltdJVEsoft ltd20 dagar sedan
  • Please, for the love of God. Never emulate American SEworld stupidity ever again.

    Phillip McClarenPhillip McClaren20 dagar sedan
  • Dot Matrix are still used a lot, in the UK for example, they are still used in medical facilities and many trade businesses. The reason they use them is because of the high volume of printing they do. This is because of ink to page ratio exceeds any other printer, especially with the ribbons are stupidly cheap. I've seen epson and canon ribbon carts sell for just over £1 a piece retail. The paper is no more expensive, often cheaper, then normal paper, as it's purchased in bulk.

    prizegottiprizegotti20 dagar sedan
  • the sweet sound of a dot matrix printer. (and that BOX of tractor feed.....totally WIKID)

    Teknik GroupTeknik Group27 dagar sedan
  • Holy crap??? Banners, I never thought to do that...damm what a trick I missed in the past :p

    Chris CoweyChris Cowey28 dagar sedan
  • I have an almost insatiable urge to print a giant banner that just says "Bruce" over and over. A Bruce banner if you will.... I'll see myself out

    TechnocentristTechnocentristMånad sedan
  • LGR is one of my favorite channels... sooo... I'm confused by the anti American racist opening 🤗

    Christopher MillerChristopher MillerMånad sedan
  • When I was a kid, I used to scrounge parts and had an Espon 1050 something or other in my bedroom and a Toshiba 286 laptop.

    Daniel PereiraDaniel PereiraMånad sedan
  • Anyone else love the smell of a fresh dot matrix printout? ❤️

    Aaron AltonAaron AltonMånad sedan
  • sopnsor skip 7:35

    SummonTheEndermanSummonTheEndermanMånad sedan
  • They're not cheaper. Dot matrix printers are shocking expensive now. I remember when they were considered trash. Ya should have mentioned the WD-40 hack for the printer ribbon too.

    M LM LMånad sedan
  • I had an old Okidata 9-pin printer (Microline 184) that used to be hooked up to our Telex (yes, Telex) machine. Since we still had a large stash of 2-form roll paper from the older ASR-33 Teletype, I sourced a roll-paper holder for the Okidata. When that office closed I took the printer AND all the paper home. Used it until the printer finally died. And I saw a Microline 184 still in use at an IBM office late 2019 or early 2020 (monitoring signals on the old phone system, it looked like).

    James LaBarreJames LaBarreMånad sedan
  • I mean it makes sense for a "heavy duty" printer so to speak. Imagine a printer has to print something almost nonstop across 3 shifts or something like that 7 days a week. Maybe some kind of certificate which goes along with each part from a productionline. Or some documentation for the next manufacturing process.

    AcceptYourDeathAcceptYourDeath2 månader sedan
  • Printer banners from middle school and high school. So nostalgic. Or how the first banner came out: Baniner... 😂

    WiseAssGamerWiseAssGamer2 månader sedan
  • Support mac os?

    NOOB KILLIDNOOB KILLID2 månader sedan
  • Nice! I loved banner prints back in the day. A strong memory of mine was at a "garage birthday disco" (which was quite popular in the 80's) featuring a large banner stating "Disco" along with the dancing couple clip art. Classic. Iconic... In later years, I had to support dot matrix printers for business use. Not as fun as banner making, unfortunately...

    Arcade SundayArcade Sunday2 månader sedan
  • Honestly dot matrix is music to my ears. I had several inkjets and they never gave me any feels. My dot matrix with tractor fed continuous paper was great. I'm not sure the carbon copy feature will keep them alive. Have you noticed how even airports have stopped using dot matrix for the most part.

    James SmithJames Smith2 månader sedan
  • Actually there is a reason dot matrix printers are made and sold still. A lot of legal forms or “contracts” require a dot matrix printer. Car dealerships still have these beasts. These are also used for budget rentals when you rent a vehicle from them. OKI 320’s are the best

    Jay BrooksJay Brooks2 månader sedan
  • Do Daisywheel printers with tractor feed exist? Time to one-up ashens with some mental ASCII-Art bannerage.

    devjockdevjock2 månader sedan
  • 10:17 ʙᴀɴɪɴᴇʀ

    MagicianMagician2 månader sedan
  • 4:46 Pure ASMR

    GCAT01 LivingGCAT01 Living2 månader sedan
  • I used to go to the YMCA after school while my mom was still at work, and I can't tell you the countless hours I spent playing Number Munchers, Oregon Trail and the number of dot matrix banners I printed up on their Apple IIe. 🤣🤣🤣

    stillcoldstillcold2 månader sedan
  • Well its a British show so I'm assuming you had several tea breaks and a crumpet or two before taking your mid day nap.

    bogey361bogey3612 månader sedan
  • haha i remember those cheesy ream banners. that is hilarious. we had a panasonic xk or something and i miss the noises it made

    jub8891jub88912 månader sedan
  • American channel segment lol. New gimmick? In other words take an electronic type writer away, take away the keyboard and WALA! :)

    PauldjreadmanPauldjreadman3 månader sedan
  • unsubscribed for xenophobia

    brokenstyxbrokenstyx3 månader sedan
  • Your imitation of the American version of youtubers really reminded me of LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

    Big WendigoBig Wendigo3 månader sedan
  • First time I watched this, I didn't realize he was makeing a dig at Clint from LGR

    victor van grim gammingvictor van grim gamming3 månader sedan
  • Good job. Keep up the good work, along with your like minded American counterparts. Like minded being the key word. I have no interest in the tech channels covering modern rotten fruit.

    Jeff MJeff M3 månader sedan
  • I used to have a 24-pin dot-matrix Postscript printer. Printed almost as nice as a Laser. But it was rather slow and noisy. It was before USB, though, used the large clunky Centronics connector, and I had to use an active adapter since I used it with a Commodore 128D.

    Del ScovilleDel Scoville3 månader sedan
  • I still use a continuous printer for printing out family tree charts. 24 feet across 24 inches tall.

    Jonathan HarstonJonathan Harston4 månader sedan
  • 11:50 lol, in the 90s we'd loop paper through our fax machine in a similar manner. we'd ring up annoying customers, enemies, etc. in the middle of the night, sending them a deluge of obscenities, exhausting their thermal paper roll ;)

    Sheila DikshitSheila Dikshit4 månader sedan
  • 1:40 :D

    Sheila DikshitSheila Dikshit4 månader sedan
  • BRILLIANT machines! Expat living in Thailand, Dot Matrix are EVERYWHERE, so robust, so reliable. Bought an LQ310, excellent! Best for invoices and receipts. Loaned my neighbors a wide carriage Epsom LQ (with the proviso they returned it when no longer required), they trashed it when moving out from the rental property. Bad form, great printer gone - DAMN. Second hand, these are all SO expensive - justifiably so I would suggest!

    Mark and Suriyon Phanason KathuMark and Suriyon Phanason Kathu4 månader sedan
  • I still use my Star LC10 Citizen I bought from a jumble sale about 20 years ago.

    john newelljohn newell4 månader sedan
  • It seems, that this software is optimised for printing on an ordinary inkjet printer, where unprintable margins are a thing and overlap between pages helps seamlessly put the whole thing together

    Piotr PoradaPiotr Porada4 månader sedan
  • Hahaha I know you know LGR and 8bit Guy....

    malicious217malicious2174 månader sedan
  • I still remember my apple dot matrix printer. No printer has ever come close to the satisfaction of a dot matrix. Kinda like the dial up sound. There's just something about it.

    XanthosAcanthusXanthosAcanthus4 månader sedan
  • You hit the nail on the head first 30 seconds, i live in the USA and HATE the way youtubers are all like their sh^^ don't stink and there the top youtuber... its embarrassing.

    Beau DeLonyBeau DeLony4 månader sedan
  • Your impression of a famous "american youtuber" is amazing !! :-D :-D The saddest thing in your case is that you actually had to buy it !

    Yannick KirschhofferYannick Kirschhoffer4 månader sedan
  • A friend once called me and asked,”do you know the command to make the printer roll backwards off the top of your head?” To which i replied,”why would i want to roll a printer off the top of my head?”

    Photo GrapherPhoto Grapher4 månader sedan
  • Here's an old joke for an old style of printing... 1990 called and they want their printer back.

    FreihEitnerFreihEitner4 månader sedan
  • To this day I'm using a Panasonic KX-P2124 color 24 pin dot matrix and it's WAY more economical to maintain than a modern printer. a few bucks a ribbon vs 50+ for cartriges.

    PonySoftOnlinePonySoftOnline4 månader sedan
  • British SEworldrs sound to me just like how American SEworldrs sound to you.

    Lasky LabsLasky Labs4 månader sedan
  • Anyone remember the MX-80?

    Esra ErimezEsra Erimez4 månader sedan
  • EXCELLENT 😄 I remember using one of those back in the 80s... Good old nostalgia. Keep them coming!

    Retro DreamRetro Dream4 månader sedan
  • Love the loud sound of a dot matrix printer 😍

    Lisa BLisa B4 månader sedan
  • First whole 60 seconds talking about HOW different he is from US SEworldrs when I find no difference to LGR and the 8bit guy. No, actually, there is a difference, the US SEworldrs don't go full cringe about how different they are.

    David EscalanteDavid Escalante4 månader sedan
  • Yes, yes there are channels that bad.

    joshman1019joshman10194 månader sedan
  • Ashen's office? You mean his couch?

    urdnalurdnal4 månader sedan
  • Amasing! Really good not bad it was a good video you should watch it.

    thomasgrisfettthomasgrisfett4 månader sedan
  • Band printers in the ear;y 1990s

    Paul AndersonPaul Anderson4 månader sedan
  • Banners? Source code is what we printed.

    huhummmmmmmhuhummmmmmm4 månader sedan
  • Couldn't you use a lazer printer to use that paper in the paper feed? Just need to use a duct taped piece of cardboard to redirect the output paper into a second box. You would need a printer that supports a little wider paper feed maybe one that supports up to an 420mm or 11 inches wide paper.

    Jeff SadowskiJeff Sadowski4 månader sedan
  • Where I buy my computer components they still use an old ('80s) dot matrix printer to print receipts.

    Daniel DuluDaniel Dulu4 månader sedan
  • To keep the printer from eating its own work, continuous feed printers like this were often placed on special stands that had a shelf for a box of paper directly below where the printer sat. The paper would feed out a slot in the back of the stand and into the printer. Gravity then caused the printed pages to flow over the incoming sheets and into a tray near the base of the stand (or onto the floor if you had a cheap particleboard printer stand like we did, lol).

    Eric KEric K4 månader sedan
  • I printed some of my school coursework on a dot matrix printer i had at home in the early 90s

    Graham JonesGraham Jones4 månader sedan
  • No comments about when Tom Scott had a livestream where he shredded the live chat comments on a Dot Matrix printer?

    KieranKieran4 månader sedan
  • My first printer was a Mannesmann Tally with 9 squared needles. With the right software (Signum on Atari ST), it could yield an amazing font quality.

    minastarosminastaros4 månader sedan
  • That's it. I have an Apple Image Write II that I have had since Christmas 2005 (bought for $25 on eBay before retro computing was "cool"; complete Apple IIe system with two disk drives, color monitor, printer, mouse, and software... try and find that today for that cost!). This video has prompted me to get that printer out tonight and connect it to my IIgs, IIe, or one of my vintage Macs, fire up the old Floppy Emu, see if the printer works, and if it does, hunt down a ribbon for it. Thanks for the motivation for me to get off my butt and do something fun with it tonight.... and finally test the printer after 15 years! ;)

    Bolling HoltBolling Holt4 månader sedan
  • Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.

    Bolling HoltBolling Holt4 månader sedan
  • I got my first citation (more accurately demerit, but what would an institution of lower education care about such trivialities) in 5th grade for printing a banner that included the phrase "eat my shorts". My second was for putting a four letter word on a tomb stone on 'the trail'.

    Andrew SkowAndrew Skow4 månader sedan
  • Y'all remember when Tom Scott used a dot matrix printer to print out the chat of a live stream and then shredded it

    JeffPussyLolJeffPussyLol4 månader sedan
  • That ashens thing was like a heart attack of an unexpected crossover episode...

    p Hsp Hs4 månader sedan
  • You can see on of these in every single govt office or bank in india...

    p Hsp Hs4 månader sedan
  • What a strange office. Downstairs: a load of old computer hardware. Upstairs: a load of odd pound shop tat. I bet visitors think it's some strange hoarders hang-out. Just line the hallway with stacks of old newspapers - and the look will be complete.

    CrazyChivCrazyChiv4 månader sedan
  • I like the sound of a dot matrix printer, but then I also find the sound of a ZX Spectrum loading rather soothing.

    Xen OracXen Orac4 månader sedan
  • I was hoping to see the good old DOS program 'Banner' :)

    BigjimBigjim5 månader sedan
  • 4:47 Ahhh haven't heard that sound since the late 90s. My last Dot-Matrix-Printer was a 24pin Epson LQ850 👍👍👍

    Oliver WegenOliver Wegen5 månader sedan
  • Polystyrene! You sure it's new? Time to boycott Epson.

    Don RobertsonDon Robertson5 månader sedan
    • You need to have the printer at the edge of the table, so the paper falls to the ground. The weight of the paper pulls it away from the printer. And a bloody great foam lined box to put over it. And a sound proof room to put them both in. Preferably in a different building.

      Don RobertsonDon Robertson5 månader sedan
    • Ah the noise of the dot matrix ... Memories.

      Don RobertsonDon Robertson5 månader sedan
  • You should be watching technology connections

    epistax4epistax45 månader sedan
  • So when is a daisy wheel printer going to be featured? You know, to make up with Ashens with? :P

    KageYamiKageYami5 månader sedan
  • Just checked prices on Amazon for these things and holy crap they’re expensive.

    Mr. SmityMr. Smity5 månader sedan
  • Dot matrix printers aren't used because they are cheap. It's because it's the only type of printer that does multicopy stationary in a single pass.

    Steven BoothSteven Booth5 månader sedan
  • I've had the LX and LC range. Quote reliable and basic. Killed plenty. lol.

    MrWitchbladeMrWitchblade5 månader sedan
  • I'm trying to think back and I'm sure the last time I've heard that sound at 04:50, was in 1999/2000. Next demo must be a 56k dial-up modem.

    Duchal van WyngaardDuchal van Wyngaard5 månader sedan
  • I Love how Dot Matrix (industrial) printers are so Rugged, thousands of pages, tractor fed, no faults... When you have a good one, they can run through loads of Wide Column paper, no errors. AND - When you are reviewing something long, like Code, or chapters, you can physically fold and move back and forth on tracktor fed sheets, without ripping them... On our laser printers, you get lots of little sheets, and you can use a binder, to flip back and forth on them. But the laser printers can not print one huge long paper. And for some things, and banners, you need it to be all together.

    SeaJay OceansSeaJay Oceans5 månader sedan
  • plasma silicon wafer stamper printer

    Jätski.fiJätski.fi5 månader sedan
    • e-paper

      Jätski.fiJätski.fi5 månader sedan
    • kiss

      Jätski.fiJätski.fi5 månader sedan
    • you could just have 4 rolls, the paper going through all

      Jätski.fiJätski.fi5 månader sedan
    • chiplet printer

      Jätski.fiJätski.fi5 månader sedan
  • Noisier than dot matrix printer ? A braille dot matrix printer of course ! Same process, but with 8 long pins, extra-wide paper and no ink at all because the pins just do holes in the paper. I mostly ruined one of those printer with the special "graphical" mode that use those pins to print graphics instead of braille text ! (Those braille printers are also quite heavy to resist long printing sessions, not like this piece of light and mostly plastic crap !)

    IcidelIcidel5 månader sedan
  • Perfect for documents and invoices where you need the tripple copies.

    Leon van der LindeLeon van der Linde5 månader sedan
  • Laser cartridges seem expensive, until you consider how many pages they can print and then they are actually a really good value. We bought a Dell laser printer four years ago and it's still using the original cartridges it came with. I do miss dot matrix printers though, that sound brings me joy.

    RavenRaven5 månader sedan
  • i started out in the early days with a Star 9-pin as my first printer but added software which allowed "poster" printing over as many A4 sheets as required AND using a reverse micro-feed trick i could swap ribbons and print full colour images/documents in a 4 pass process (patience is a virtue) worked surprisingly well. Long live the AMIGA!!

    Allan MiddletonAllan Middleton5 månader sedan
  • Learn to PRINT MASTER !

    KaynosKaynos5 månader sedan
  • I don't even care what this video would have been about but the Ashens crossover was highly amusing, especially with all the nifty little details. Please do more of this! 😁

    MAIcrosoftMAIcrosoft5 månader sedan
  • Most of all these are reliable for printing single lines once in a while year after year... like alarms from an alarm system of some sort. I'm still on the original ribbon on my Panasonic kx-p 1081 bought back in 1991. Took it out after fifteen years stored away and it didn't miss a single character.

    Jörgen PryssJörgen Pryss5 månader sedan
  • Still a demand for them in warehouse despatch departments for multipart delivery notes.

    Martin KingMartin King5 månader sedan
    • Pretty much. These are mostly aimed at logistics companies that need to print invoices or a bill of lading that use a multi-carbon form.

      Gray GriffonGray Griffon5 månader sedan
  • I am curious what technically prevent laser printer from using continuous paper except the paper feeding system itself ?

    Mathieu PoussinMathieu Poussin5 månader sedan
  • I still have an ImageWriter II with a color ribbon. My SO wants to throw it out on a regular basis 😂

    brad162brad1625 månader sedan
  • As a former printer tech/sales engineer I have hardly seen someone that is excited about print.

    B illermanB illerman5 månader sedan
  • The front panel controls allow you to switch from bidirectional printing to unidirectional for better graphical printing along with the penalty that everything takes twice as long.

    Thomas BlandThomas Bland5 månader sedan
  • I love the sound of the dot matrix! I can understand why the format is still going, it's nice & simple.

    The Retro Stuff GuyThe Retro Stuff Guy5 månader sedan
  • Dot matrix printers are the tech equivalent of MRE rations, they exist so that the cockroaches have something to print with after The Event.

    Juuso AlasuutariJuuso Alasuutari5 månader sedan
  • TIL that Broderbund still exists... neat.

    user number1user number15 månader sedan