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Paper Handling; Print Media Guidelines - Dell 5330dn User Manual

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Paper Handling

  Print Media Guidelines
  Storing Print Media
  Identifying Print Media Sources and Specifications
  Selecting an Output Location
  Loading Print Media in the Paper Tray
 

Print Media Guidelines

 
Print media is paper, card stock, transparencies, labels, and envelopes. Your printer provides high quality printing on a variety of print media. Selecting the
appropriate print media for your printer helps avoid printing problems. This chapter provides information on how to make print media selections, how to care
for the print media, and how to load them in the Standard Tray, Optional Trays or Multi-purpose Feeder and High Capacity Feeder.
Paper
 
For the best print quality, use 75 g/m
buying large quantities.
 
When loading paper, note the recommended print side on the paper package, and load paper accordingly. See
"Using the Multi-purpose Feeder"
Paper Characteristics
 
The following paper characteristics affect print quality and reliability. We recommend that you follow these guidelines when evaluating new paper stock:
Weight
 
The printer can automatically feed paper weights from 60 to 120 g/m
not be substantial enough to feed properly, causing jams. For best performance, use 75 g/m
 
For duplex printing, use 60 to 120 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 in humid conditions, even in the paper tray, can contribute to paper curling
prior to printing and can cause feeding problems.
Smoothness
 
The degree of smoothness of paper 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 should be between 100 and 300 Sheffield points; however, 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 wrapper
until you are ready to use it. This limits the exposure of the paper to moisture changes that can degrade its performance.
Grain Direction
 
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  Using the Multi-purpose Feeder
  Using the High Capacity Feeder
  For Standard, Optional 500 Sheet Tray and HCF Setting Paper Size
  Setting the Paper Type
  Tray Behavior
2
(20 lb) xerographic, long grain paper. Try a sample of any paper you are considering using with the printer before
for detailed loading instructions.
2
(16 to 32 lb bond) long grain in the paper tray. Paper lighter than 60 g/m
2
(16 to 32 lb bond) paper.
"Loading Print Media in the Paper Tray"
2
(20 lb bond) long grain paper.
and
2
(16 lb) may

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