And, there were inkjet printers as early as about 1988. I had a very slow Epson that made color images back then that were slow and poor. I got my second printer in 1997 and it was faster and better.
A dot matrix printer is probably not the same as an Epson of that era, but I had a Commodore computer (1987) with an A4 dot matrix printer. Wang Computer Co also had an inkjet printer around 1985 as I worked in a programming environment (insurance field representative bulk payment remitter program and provision of MultiMate wp services for field reps) from 1982 to 1989; two such "squirties" were tethered to a then-cutting edge Wang VS65 server in the room with a 50Mb disk requiring two people to load and unload it (!). Look how far we've come!!
Those printer are long gone, along with the early start-up VS-based systems.. I think about 40 minutes to print a single A4 text page. Squabbles and fists were common as patience was not yet invented...
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When I was a young and callow youth..... 1992 to 1996 I was one of the two or three ILFORD people in the UK who started working on wide format inkjet projects. This was because our parent company at the time International Paper ( USA ) was very interested in the technology, back then we were the only ultra high quality coater amongst the IP companies, and they were very supportive, so we were using ( and actually selling ) IRIS printers made in the USA ( Mass. I think ) including the IRIS 3047 an AO printer a snip at $ 150,000 each, they were continuous technology inkjet printers and jaw droppingly good quality. The software was the challenge and they came from the pre-press world, they all ended up in the SCITEX stable, we certainly learned a lot before moving down the food chain to the 'affordable' end of the market ENCAD, HP etc. seems like a lifetime ago?