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Considerations for special media
Table 4-1 Media considerations
Envelopes●Use only tray 1 to print envelopes. Choo
se envelopes in the printer driver (see Select the correct
● Prior to printing, envelopes should lie flat wi
th less than 6 mm (0.25 in) curl, and should not
● Envelopes should not be wrinkled,
nicked, or otherwise damaged.
● Envelopes with a peel-off adhesive strip or with mo
re than one flap that folds over to seal must
use adhesives compatible with the heat and pres sure in the device. The extra flaps and strips
might cause wrinkling, creas ing, or even jams and might even damage the fuser.
● For the best print quality, position margins no closer than 15 mm (0.6 in) from the edges of the
envelope. Avoid printing over the area where the envelope seams meet.
● The device might print at a slower speed w
hen printing envelopes. In addition, printing
performance depends on the construction of the envelope. Always test a few sample envelopes
before purchasing a large quantity.
● Envelopes with double-side seam-construction are
more likely to wrinkle. If you print envelopes
with double-side seams, use only envelopes in wh ich the seam extends all the way to the corner
of the envelope.
WARNING! Never use envelopes that contain coated linings, exposed self-stick adhesives,
or other synthetic materials. These items can emit noxious fumes.
Labels ●Print labels from tray 1.
● Use only labels specified for us
e with HP LaserJet printers.
● Prior to printing, labels must lie flat with no mo
re than 13 mm (0.5 in) of curl in any direction.
● Only use labels with no exposed backing between them.
Do not use labels with wrinkles, bubbl es, or other indications of separation.
● Remove label sheets from the output bin as they are printed to prevent them from sticking
● Do not feed a sheet of labels through the dev
ice more than once. The adhesive backing is
designed for one pass through the device.
● Do not print on both sides of labels.
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CAUTIONFailure to follow these guidelines can damage the device.
If a sheet of labels becomes jammed in the device, see
NOTEChoose labels in the printer driver (see Open the printer drivers).
Transparencies●Print transparencies from tray 1.
●Use only transparencies specified for use with HP LaserJet printers
●Remove transparencies from the output bin as they are printed to prevent them from sticking
●Place transparencies on a flat surface after removing them from the device.
NOTEChoose transparencies in the printer driver (see Open the printer drivers).
Card stock and heavy
mediaYou can print many types of card stock from the input tray, including index cards and postcards. Some
card stock performs better than others because its construction is better suited for feeding through a
●Use tray 1 for card stock (164 g/m
2 to 199 g/m2; 43- to 53-lb cover).
●Card stock should lie flat with less than 5 mm (0.2 inch) of curl.
●Make sure that the card stock is not wrinkled, nicked, or otherwise damaged.
●Set margins at least 2 mm (0.08 inch) away from the edges.
CAUTIONIn general, do not use paper that is heavier than the media specification
recommended for this device. Doing so can cause misfeeds, jams, reduced print quality, and
excessive mechanical wear. However, some heavier media, such as HP Cover Stock, can
be used safely.
NOTESelect Cardstock (164 g/m2 to 199 g/m2; 43- to 53-lb cover) in the printer driver.
preprinted formsLetterhead is premium paper that often has a watermark, sometimes uses cotton fiber, and is available
in a wide range of colors and finishes with matching envelopes. Preprinted forms can be made of a
broad spectrum of paper types ranging from recycled to premium.
Many manufacturers now design these grades of paper with properties optimized for laser printing
and advertise the paper as laser compatible or laser guaranteed. Some of the rougher surface
finishes, such as cockle, laid, or linen, might require the special fuser modes that are available on
some printer models to achieve adequate toner adhesion.
NOTESome page-to-page variation is normal when printing with laser printers. This
variation cannot be observed when printing on plain paper. However, this variation is obvious
when printing on preprinted forms because the lines and boxes are already placed on the
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To avoid problems when using preprinted forms, embossed paper, and letterhead, observe the
●Use preprinted forms and letterhead paper that have been printed by offset lithography or
●When the form is preprinted, be careful not to change the moisture content of the paper, and do
not use materials that change the paper's electrical or handling properties. Seal the forms in
moisture-proof wrap to prevent moisture changes during storage.
NOTETo print a single-page cover letter on letterhead, followed by a multiple-page
document, feed the letterhead face up in tray 1, and load the standard paper into one of the
other trays. The device automatically prints from tray 1 first.
VellumVellum is special lightweight paper similar to parchment.
●Print vellum from tray 1 only.
●Do not print on both sides of vellum.
NOTEFrom the printer driver, set the type of paper for tray 1 to vellum or light, and select
the media by type.
Colored paperColored paper should be of the same high quality as white xerographic paper.
HP LaserJet Tough
paper●Use only HP LaserJet Tough paper. HP products are designed to work together for optimum
●Handle HP LaserJet Tough paper by the edges. Oils from your fingers can cause print-quality
Recycled paper This device supports recycled paper. Recycled paper must meet the same specifications as standard
paper. See the HP LaserJet Printer Family Print Media Guide. Hewlett-Packard recommends that
recycled paper contain no more than 5% ground wood.
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Select the correct fuser mode
The device automatically adjusts the fuser mode based on the media type to which the tray is set. For
example, heavy paper, such as card stock, might need a higher fuser-mode setting in order to make the
toner adhere better to the page, but transparencies need a lower fuser-mode setting to avoid damage
to the device. The default setting generally provides the best performance for most print-media types.
The fuser mode can be changed only if the media type has been set for the tray that you are using.
Control print jobs. After the media type has been set for the tray, then the fuser mode for that type
can be changed on the Administration menu in the Print Quality submenu at the device control panel.
Print Quality menu.
NOTEUsing the High 1 or High 2 fuser mode setting improves the ability of the toner to adhere
to paper, but it might cause other problems, such as excessive curl. The device might print at a
slower speed when the fuser mode is set to High 1 or High 2. The table below describes the ideal
fuser mode setting for supported media types.
Media typeFuser mode setting
To reset the fuser modes to the default settings, touch the Administration menu at the device control
panel. Touch Print Quality, touch Fuser Modes, and then touch Restore Modes.
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Select print media
This device accepts a variety of media, such as cut-sheet paper, including up to 100% recycled fiber
content paper; envelopes; labels; transparencies; and custom-size paper. Properties such as weight,
composition, grain, and moisture content are important factors that affect device performance and output
quality. Paper that does not meet the guidelines that are outlined in this manual can cause the following
●Poor print quality
●Premature wear on the device, requiring repair
CAUTIONUsing media that does not meet HP specifications can cause problems for the
device, requiring repair. This repair is not covered by the HP warranty or service agreements.
The device automatically senses the standard sizes of media loaded into trays 2 and 3 (and optional
trays 4, 5, and 6) shown in the following list.
●A4 (297 x 210 mm; 11.7 x 8.27 inch)
●Letter (279 x 216 mm; 11 x 8.5 inch)
●B4-JIS (257 x 364 mm; 10.1 x 14.33 inch)
●B5-JIS (257 x 182 mm; 10.1 x 7.2 inch)
●Legal (216 x 356 mm; 8.5 x 14 inch)
●Executive (267 x 184 mm; 10.5 x 7.25 inch)
●A5 (210 x 148 mm; 8.27 x 5.83 inch)
●Executive JIS (216 x 330 mm; 8.5 x 13 inch)
●A3 (297 x 420 mm; 11.69 x 16.54 inch)
●Ledger (279 x 432 mm; 11 x 17 inch)
NOTEA3- and ledger-size media are not supported in tray 2.
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