Card stock and heavy media
You can print many types of card stock from the paper input tray,
including index cards and postcards. Some card stock performs
better than others because its construction is better suited for
feeding through a laser printer.
For optimum printer performance, do not use paper heavier than
42 lb (157 g/m
). Paper that is too heavy might cause misfeeds,
stacking problems, paper jams, poor toner fusing, poor print
quality, or excessive mechanical wear.
You might be able to print on heavier paper if you do not fill the input
tray to capacity and if you use paper with a smoothness rating of
Card stock construction
Smoothness: 36-42 lb (135-157 g/m
) card stock should
have a smoothness rating of 100-180 Sheffield. 16-36 lb
) card stock should have a smoothness rating of
Construction: Card stock should lie flat with less than 5 mm
(0.2 in.) of curl.
Condition: Make sure that the card stock is not wrinkled,
nicked, or otherwise damaged.
Sizes: Only use card stock within the following size ranges:
• Minimum: 76 x 127 mm (3 x 5 in.)
• Maximum: 216 x 356 mm (8.5 x 14.0 in.)
Card stock guidelines
If the card stock curls or jams, print using the straight-through
Set margins at least 2 mm (0.08 in.) away from the edges.
244 Appendix D Media specifications