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Print Media Guidelines
Storing Print Media
Identifying Print Media 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 tray 1 or optional 550-sheet
For the best print quality in color, use 75 g/m
and white, use 90 g/m
large quantities of any print media.
When loading paper, identify the recommended print side on the paper package, and load the paper accordingly. See
"Loading Print Media in Standard and Optional
The following paper characteristics affect print quality and reliability. It is recommended that you follow these guidelines
when evaluating new paper stock.
The tray automatically feeds paper weights from 60 to 216 g/m
(MPF) automatically feeds paper weights from 60 to 216 g/m
(16 lb) may not feed properly, and could cause paper jams. For best performance, use 75 g/m
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 MPF.
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.
(20 lb) xerographic, grain long paper. For the best print quality in black
(24 lb) xerographic, grain long paper. It is recommended that you try a sample first before buying
"Loading Print Media in the
(16 to 80 lb bond) grain long. The multipurpose feeder
(16 to 80 lb bond) grain long. Paper lighter than 60 g/m
MPF" for detailed loading
(20 lb bond) grain long