USB is Faster But Parallel is Fine
Printers need to connect to your PC, and until
recently, the most common method for connecting the two was
through the parallel port. Today, however, most printers come
with USB ports rather than parallel ports. USB ports are a lot
faster (they have a maximum of 12Mbits per second while a
parallel connection is much slower), and a single port can
handle several different devices.
However, for most home printers, a USB port isn't as much of an
advantage as all that. While USB is faster, most home users
won't notice the difference between a USB and parallel
connection -- the speed of the PC as it processes the data, and
the speed of the printer itself, will make more of a difference.
And if you've already got a lot of USB devices hooked into your
computer, a parallel-capable printer might be useful -- since it
would probably be the only device that uses your system's
The bottom line? If your printer comes with a USB port, and
you've got a handy USB connection, great.
But if you're getting an older printer with a
parallel port, don't shy away from it -- it could serve you just