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Could Your Paper be Bad for Your Printer’s Health?

August 31, 2010 - An extensive test conducted by Buyers Lab for HP found that certain papers can cause reliability and image quality problems in laser printers. The test encompassed nearly 2.5 million pages on 50 printers with five paper types. All 30 of the printers run with papers carrying the ColorLok® logo, which signifies that they meet a range of quality standards, produced 50,000 pages—a combined total of 1.5 million pages—with no reliability or image quality issues. In fact, they operated for up to nine times longer than printers running the paper types with large-size particle mineral fillers that do not meet the ColorLok® standard. Printers running ColorLok® papers also experienced more than four times fewer paper jams per paper type and maintained good quality output for up to three times longer than the same printers when run with the low-quality paper types. In addition, the ColorLok® papers left printers cleaner on the inside, leaving behind less paper dust and toner contamination that could potentially contribute to reliability issues.

Although today large-size particle papers are manufactured and primarily sold in Asia, where pulp resources are scarce, HP research projects a significant increase in the share of papers produced in Asia in the next decade. HP developed the ColorLok® standard, which a number of major paper manufacturers support, to ensure high customer satisfaction with its laser and inkjet printers.  To read the full report, click here.        

 

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