What is cps (Characters per Second)?
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by Dinesh Thakur

The speed of a dot matrix or daisy wheel printer (or any printer that prints one character at a time) is measured in characters per second, or cps. A warning: the cps rating that a printer manufacturer puts in an ad is always much faster than the printer's actual speed.

Laser printers and similar machines that print an entire page at once are rated in pages per minute (ppm) instead.

Dinesh Thakur is a Technology Columinist and founder of Computer Notes and Technology Motivation. Turn Mobile View Off