Every year, a large number of printing equipment fails. Why does it happen? The answer to this varies from person to person, as some found “age” and others suggest “mechanical damage” are the main causes for breakdown and poor quality. But remember, don’t let your printer die prematurely. You should look for its instruction manual and items relating to the print media. Because many times the choice of wrong printing paper is also the biggest reason for the poor printing results. So, let’s discuss how to choose high-quality printing paper for your printer:
- The Size
Basically, there are two main paper standard size used worldwide, i.e. internationally ISO 216 and North American standard. Let’s discuss their further sub-types:
In Internationally ISO 216 standard, the size of the sheets is also divided in A0, A1, and A4 format. Where A0 format is the largest (841 by 1189 mm), A1 is A0 folded in half (594 by 841 mm) and A4 (210 by 297 mm) is most commonly used for home and office.
It is characterized by the ratio of mass to the area and the unit g/m2 (grams per square meter). For comparison: a newspaper has a density of about 50g/m2, for regular tetrad sheet is 65g/m2 and for materials over cardboard is 250g/m2. It is also considered that paper with a density of 80-95g/m2 is the most suitable for printing. So, if plan to print on both sides, it will be better to choose a thicker paper so that the text does not appear through.
Brightness is measured in percentage (%). The brighter the paper represent the more contrast on the background. Like, 100% brightness means the white paper is recommended for very important documents. The lower brightness means the scale goes diminishes. Remember, while choosing paper shade it is very hard to find adequate paper with human eyes, because, there is a very little percentage differentiation that affects the visual perception.
Normally, the paper is divided into three classes: A (elite), B (medium), C (economy). These all differ from each other in appearance, chemical composition and on pricing factor. For example, class A paper is made from higher quality raw materials and is recommended to use for important documents, advertising posters, etc. Such paper will last much longer, but you will have to pay for their longevity. Whereas class C is quite affordable for the average consumer. If you are not going to present your report at the next meeting of the UN General Assembly.
5. Printer Type
To date, the most common types of printers for home and office uses are inkjet (InkJet) and laser (LaserJet). Since the printing technology of each of them has its own, but both cases require appropriate material. So, you can easily go with the papermakers rating criteria mentioned on the pack. Usually, it is determined by the stars means the more stars, the more suitable the paper.
Does paper quality really depend on the brand? More likely no than yes. Each company tries to produce several different types of papers. Therefore, while buying it’s worthwhile to focus on the above parameters and not on the manufacturer’s name. But, if you have the opportunity to buy paper from the same company as your printer, then grab it. The reason behind, the manufacturer should know better what is better for the device he has released.
The price of the paper directly depends on its characteristics, as mentioned earlier. Naturally, the better the paper, the more presentable it looks and the high cost it will have. Because the price justifies the quality. So, if you want to be sure that in the next 100-500 sheets with your printer nothing bad will happen, but the more expensive paper.
Remember, your concern for the printer should not be limited to buying the good paper. Even the best thing can be spoiled if you treat it badly. So, here are some paper storage criteria:
- Keep it dry as if the paper is wet, it may jam during printing.
- It must be clean because dust and fine dirt can get inside the printer which will shorten its service life and significantly reduce print quality.
- The paper needs to be cool otherwise the paper may become electrified and stick together.
Hope, the above-mentioned points help you to choose the high-quality printing paper for the printer. As the high-end results can be achieved with the fine paper quality, so think twice while spending your hard earned.
Lance Clemons is the industry marketing manager at Printzone, which is a warehouse of Printer Cartridges in Australia. He implements all marketing strategies and manages all communication plans for brand management. He loves to write and share his experiences in the latest technologies.