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4. Listen to the text once again and answer the following questions.

1. Do you really think that your computer monitor is the most important element of your computer setup?

2. In what way can an upgraded monitor enhance your computing experience?

3. What common formats of computer monitors do you know?

4. What are the advantages of LCD monitors?

5. Could you name some disadvantages of the LCD monitors?

V. Communicative skills

Topic for discussion: Which computer monitors do you prefer? Why? (Use additional materials).

Unit 8

Topic: Computer printer

I. Reading skills

1. Pre-reading tasks

a) You will read a text about the computer printer.

  • What do you know about computer printers?

  • Do they facilitate office work?

b) Read and remember the following words and word combinations used in their specialized meanings.

computer printer комп’ютерний принтер

computer peripheral комп’ютерна периферія

hard copy копія документу на неелектронному носію (на папері)

print media друковані засоби масової інформації

transparencies інформація на плівці (прозорі носії)

printer cable кабель для принтера

built-in network interfaces вбудований інтерфейс мережі

wireless бездротове

Ethernet стандарт організації локальних мереж

memory sticks флеш-карта

memory cards карти пам’яті

image capture devices пристрої отримання зображення

setup time час установки

an incremental cost-per-page додаткові витрати на сторінку

printing press друкувальна машина

desktop publishing настільна видавнича система

2. Read and translate the following text into Ukrainian. Computer printer

A computer printer, or more commonly a printer, is a computer peripheral which produces a hard copy (permanent human-readable text and/or graphics) of documents stored in electronic form, usually on physical print media such as paper or transparencies. Many printers are primarily used as local peripherals, and are attached by a printer cable to a computer which serves as a document source. Some printers, commonly known as network printers, have built-in network interfaces (typically wireless or Ethernet), and can serve as a hardcopy device for any user on the network. Individual printers are often designed to support both local and network connected users at the same time.

In addition, a few modern printers can directly interface to electronic media such as memory sticks or memory cards, or to image capture devices such as digital cameras, scanners; some printers are combined with a scanners and/or fax machines in a single unit. Printers that include non-printing features are sometimes called Multifunction Printers (MFP) or Multi-Function Devices (MFD).

A printer which is combined with a scanner can function as a kind of photocopier if so designed. Most MFPs include printing, scanning, and copying among their features. Printers are designed for low-volume, short-turnaround print jobs; requiring virtually no setup time to achieve a hard copy of a given document. However, printers are generally slow devices (30 pages per minute is considered fast; and many consumer printers are far slower than that), and the cost-per-page is relatively high. In contrast, the printing press (which serves much the same function), is designed and optimized for high-volume print jobs such as newspaper print runs--printing presses are capable of hundreds of pages per minute or more, and have an incremental cost-per-page which is a fraction of that of printers.

The printing press remains the machine of choice for high-volume, professional publishing. However, as printers have improved in quality and performance, many jobs which used to be done by professional print shops are now done by users on local printers (desktop publishing). The world's first computer printer was a 19th century mechanically driven apparatus invented by Charles Babbage for his Difference Engine.

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