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HP LaserJet P2015 Series Printer - Supported paper and other media

The HP LaserJet P2015 Series printer can use a variety of paper and other print media in accordance with the guidelines in this user guide. Media that does not meet these guidelines might cause the following problems:
  • Poor print quality
  • Increased jams
  • Premature wear on the printer, requiring repair
For best results, use only HP brand paper and print media. Hewlett-Packard Company cannot recommend the use of other brands. Because they are not HP products, HP cannot influence or control their quality.
It is possible for media to meet all of the guidelines in this user guide and still not produce satisfactory results. This might be the result of improper handling, unacceptable temperature and humidity levels, or other variables over which Hewlett-Packard has no control.
Before you purchase a large quantity of media, test the media and make sure that it meets the requirements specified in this user guide and in HP LaserJet printer family media guide. The guidelines can be downloaded from http://www.hp.com/support/ljpaperguide/.
  caution:
Using media that does not meet Hewlett-Packard's specifications might cause problems for the printer, requiring repair. This repair is not covered by the Hewlett-Packard warranty or service agreements.
Optimize print quality for media types
The HP LaserJet P2015 Series printers provide a number of print modes that allow the unit to adapt to various media. You can change the print modes on the Paper tab in the printer driver, in HP ToolboxFX, or in the embedded Web server.
  note:
When using the CARDSTOCK, ENVELOPE, LABEL, and ROUGH modes, the printer pauses between pages and the number of pages per minute decreases.
Driver print modes
Mode
Media type
PLAIN
75 to 104 g/m220 to 27 lb
LIGHT
Less than 75 g/m220 lb
HEAVY
90 to 105 g/m224 to 28 lb
CARDSTOCK
Card stock or thick media
TRANSPARENCY
4-mil, 0.1 Monochrome Overhead Transparencies (OHTs)
ENVELOPE
Standard HP LaserJet envelopes
LABEL
Standard HP LaserJet labels
BOND
Bond paper
ROUGH
Rough paper
Guidelines for using media
You can print on a variety of media, such as paper (including up to 100% recycled-fiber-content paper), envelopes, labels, transparencies, and custom-size media. The following are the supported media sizes:
  • Minimum: 76 by 127 mm3 x 5 inches
  • Maximum: 216 by 356 mm8.5 x 14 inches
Properties such as weight, grain, and moisture content are important factors that affect printer performance and quality. To achieve the best possible print quality, only use high-quality media that is designed for laser printers.
  note:
Always test a sample of the media before you purchase large quantities.
HP media
HP recommends a variety of media. See the HP LaserJet Printer Family Print Media Guide (http://www.hp.com/support/ljpaperguide/) for a full list.
Media to avoid
Media outside the printer specifications will cause a loss of print quality and increase the occurrence of jams.
  • Do not use paper that is too rough.
  • Do not use paper with cutouts or perforations other than standard 3-hole punched paper.
  • Do not use multi-part or multi-page forms.
  • Do not use paper with a watermark if you are printing solid patterns.
Media that can damage the printer
Avoid media that can damage the printer.
  • Do not use media with staples attached.
  • Do not use transparencies designed for inkjet printers or other low temperature printers. Use only transparencies that are specified for use with HP LaserJet printers.
  • Do not use photo paper intended for inkjet printers.
  • Do not use paper that is embossed or coated and is not designed for the temperatures of the printer's image fuser. Select media that can tolerate temperatures of 200° C392° F for 0.1 second. HP produces a selection of media that is designed for the HP LaserJet P2015 Series printers.
  • Do not use letterhead paper with low temperature dyes or thermography. Preprinted forms or letterhead must use inks that can tolerate temperatures of 200° C392° F for 0.1 second.
  • Do not use any media that produces hazardous emissions, or that melts, offsets, or discolors when exposed to 200° C392° F for 0.1 second.
To order HP LaserJet printing supplies, go to http://www.hp.com/go/ljsupplies/ in the U.S. or to http://www.hp.com/ghp/buyonline.html/ worldwide.
Paper
For best results, use conventional 75 g/m220 lb paper. Make sure that the paper is of good quality and free of cuts, nicks, tears, spots, loose particles, dust, wrinkles, voids, and curled or bent edges.
Labels
Print labels from tray 1 using the straight-through output path.
  caution:
Do not feed a sheet of labels through the printer more than once. The adhesive degrades and might damage the printer.
Label construction
When selecting labels, consider the quality of the following components:
  • Adhesives: The adhesive material should be stable at 200° C392° F, the printer's maximum temperature.
  • Arrangement: Only use labels with no exposed backing between them. Labels can peel off sheets that have spaces between the labels, causing serious jams.
  • Curl: Prior to printing, labels must lie flat with no more than 13 mm0.5 in. of curl in any direction.
  • Condition: Do not use labels with wrinkles, bubbles, or other indications of separation.
Transparencies
Transparencies must be able to withstand 200° C392° F, the printer's maximum temperature.
Envelopes
Print envelopes from tray 1 using the straight-through paper path.
Envelope construction
Envelope construction is critical. Envelope fold lines can vary considerably, not only between manufacturers but also within a box from the same manufacturer. When selecting envelopes, consider the following components:
  • Weight: The weight of the envelope paper should not exceed 90 g/m224 lb, or jamming might result.
  • Construction: Prior to printing, envelopes should lie flat with less than 6 mm0.25 in. curl and should not contain air. Envelopes that trap air may cause problems. Do not use envelopes that contain clasps, snaps, tie strings, transparent windows, holes, perforations, cut outs, synthetic materials, stamping, or embossing. Do not use envelopes with adhesives that do not require moistening, but rely instead on pressure to seal them.
  • Condition: Make sure that the envelopes are not wrinkled, nicked, or otherwise damaged. Make sure that the envelopes do not have any exposed adhesive.
  • Sizes: From 90 x 160 mm3.5 x 6.3 in. to 178 x 254 mm7 x 10 in..
Envelopes with double-side seams
An envelope with double-side-seam construction has vertical seams at both ends of the envelope rather than diagonal seams. This style might be more likely to wrinkle. Make sure that the seam extends all the way to the corner of the envelope as shown in the following illustration:
1
acceptable envelope construction
2
unacceptable envelope construction
Envelopes with adhesive strips or flaps
Envelopes with a peel-off adhesive strip or with more than one flap that folds over to seal must use adhesives compatible with the heat and pressure in the printer: 200° C392° F. The extra flaps and strips might cause wrinkling, creasing, or jams.
Envelope storage
Proper storage of envelopes contributes to good print quality. You should store envelopes flat. If air is trapped in an envelope, creating an air bubble, the envelope might wrinkle during printing.
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 157 g/m242 lb. Paper that is too heavy might cause misfeeds, stacking problems, paper jams, poor toner fusing, poor print quality, or excessive mechanical wear.
  note:
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 100-180 Sheffield.
Card stock construction
  • Smoothness: 135-157 g/m236-42 lb card stock should have a smoothness rating of 100-180 Sheffield. 60-135 g/m216-36 lb card stock should have a smoothness rating of 100-250 Sheffield.
  • Construction: Card stock should lie flat with less than 5 mm0.2 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 mm3 x 5 in.
    • Maximum: 216 x 356 mm8.5 x 14.0 in.
Card stock guidelines
Set margins at least 2 mm0.08 in. away from the edges.
Letterhead and preprinted forms
Many manufacturers now offer premium paper advertised 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 in order to achieve adequate toner adhesion.
  note:
Some 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 page.
To avoid problems when using preprinted forms, embossed paper, and letterhead, observe the following guidelines:
  • Avoid using low-temperature inks (the kind used with some types of thermography).
  • Use preprinted forms and letterhead paper that have been printed by offset lithography or engraving.
  • Use forms that have been created with heat-resistant inks that will not melt, vaporize, or release undesirable emissions when heated to 200° C392° F for 0.1 second. Typically, oxidation-set or oil-based inks meet this requirement.
  • 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.
  • Avoid processing preprinted forms that have a finish or coating.
  • Avoid using heavily embossed or raised-letterhead papers.
  • Avoid papers that have heavily textured surfaces.
  • Avoid using offset powders or other materials that prevent printed forms from sticking together.

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