Comparison of Different Types of Printer Noise with Regard to Their Perception (vor Ort)
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Printer noise is an important annoyance source especially in open-plan offices. Even if the averaged levels are relatively low, other features of the noise can disturb the employees at the tasks, which requires undivided attention. For some of the available printers on market, maximum operating noise levels are given in A-weighted levels. However, former studies show that averaged levels are not suitable for describing the objective evaluations of printer noise. Used printing technology changes also the emitted noise from a printer, a cartridge printer sound very different then a laser printer. In this study, noise of different type and brand of printers are compared with each other with regard to their perceived features, such as the strong tonality of laser printers and the impulsive characteristics of cartridge printers.