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Print Media Guidelines; Paper Characteristics - Dell 2130cn User Manual

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  Print Media Guidelines
  Paper
  Envelopes
  Labels
  Storing Print Media
  Identifying Print Media Sources and Specifications
Print media is paper, labels, envelopes, and coated paper among others. Your printer provides high-quality printing on a variety of print media. Selecting the
appropriate print media for your printer helps avoid printing troubles. This section describes selecting print media, caring for print media, and loading the print
media in the standard 250-sheet tray or optional 250-sheet feeder.
 Paper
For the best print quality in color, use 75 g/m
xerographic, grain long paper. Before buying large quantities of any print media, it is recommended that you try a sample first.
When loading paper, identify the recommended print side on the paper package, and load the paper accordingly. See
250-Sheet Tray and Optional 250-Sheet Feeder"
 

Paper Characteristics

The following paper characteristics affect print quality and reliability. It is recommended that you follow these guidelines when evaluating new paper stock.
 
Weight
The standard 250-sheet tray automatically feeds paper weights from 60 to 216 g/m
paper weights from 60 to 216 g/m
best performance, use 75 g/m
NOTE:
The optional 250-sheet feeder automatically feeds paper weights from 60 to 105 g/m
(16 lb) may not feed properly, and could cause paper jams. For best performance, use 75 g/m
 
Curl
Curl is the tendency of print media to curve at its edges. Excessive curl can cause paper feeding problems. Curl usually occurs after the paper passes through
the printer, where it is exposed to high temperatures. Storing paper unwrapped, even in the paper tray, can contribute to paper curling prior to printing and
cause feeding problems regardless of humidity. When printing on curled paper, straighten the paper and then insert it into the single sheet feeder.
 
Smoothness
The degree of paper smoothness directly affects print quality. If the paper is too rough, the toner does not fuse to the paper properly, resulting in poor print
quality. If the paper is too smooth, it can cause paper feeding problems. Smoothness between 150 and 250 Sheffield points produces the best print quality.
 
Moisture Content
The amount of moisture in the paper affects both print quality and the ability of the printer to feed the paper properly. Leave the paper in its original
packaging until you are ready to use it. This limits the exposure of the paper to moisture changes that can degrade its performance.
 
Grain Direction
Grain refers to the alignment of the paper fibers in a sheet of paper. Grain is either grain long, running the length of the paper, or grain short, running the
width of the paper. For 60 to 135 g/m
short is preferred.
 
Fiber Content
Most high-quality xerographic paper is made from 100% chemically pulped wood. Paper containing fibers such as cotton possess characteristics that can result
in degraded paper handling.
 
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(20 lb) xerographic, grain long paper. For the best print quality in black and white, use 90 g/m
and
"Loading the Single Sheet Feeder"
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(16 to 80 lb bond) grain long. Paper lighter than 60 g/m
2
(20 lb bond) grain long paper.
2
(16 to 36 lb bond) paper, grain long fibers are recommended. For paper heavier than 135 g/m
"Loading Print Media in the Standard
for detailed loading instructions.
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(16 to 80 lb bond) grain long. The single sheet feeder automatically feeds
2
(16 lb) may not feed properly, and could cause paper jams. For
2
(16 to 80 lb bond) grain long. Paper lighter than 60 g/m
2
(20 lb bond) grain long paper.
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(24 lb)
2
2
(36 lb bond), grain

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