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HP Color LaserJet 1600 Printer - Print Media Specifications

General guidelines
Some print media might meet all of the guidelines in this manual and still not produce satisfactory results. This problem might be the result of improper handling, unacceptable temperature and humidity levels, or other variables over which Hewlett-Packard has no control.
Before purchasing large quantities of print media, always test a sample and make sure that the print media meets the requirements specified in this User Guide and in the HP LaserJet Printer Family Print Media Guide.
  caution:
Using print media that does not meet HP specifications can cause problems for the printer, requiring repair. This repair is not covered by the Hewlett-Packard warranty or service agreements.
  caution:
Use only paper designed for laser printers. Paper for inkjet printers may damage the printer.
This printer accepts a variety of media, such as cut-sheet paper (including up to 100% recycled-fiber-content paper), envelopes, labels, transparencies, HP LaserJet glossy paper, HP LaserJet Tough paper, HP LaserJet Photo paper, and custom-size paper. Properties such as weight, composition, grain, and moisture content are important factors that affect printer performance and output quality. Print media that does not meet the guidelines outlined in this manual can cause the following problems:
  • Poor print quality
  • Increased jams
  • Premature wear on the printer, requiring repair
Paper and print media
Category
Specifications
Acid content
5.5 pH to 8.0 pH
Caliper
0.094 to 0.18 mm (3.0 to 7.0 mils)
Curl in ream
Flat within 5 mm (0.02 in.)
Cut-edge conditions
Cut with sharp blades with no visible fray
Fusing compatibility
Must not scorch, melt, offset, or release hazardous emissions when heated to 210° C (410° F) for 0.1 second.
Grain
Long Grain
Moisture content
4% to 6% by weight
Smoothness
100 to 250 Sheffield
For complete print-media specifications for all HP LaserJet printers, see the HP LaserJet Printer Family Print Media Guide. To download the guide in PDF format, go to http://www.hp.com/support/ljpaperguide.
Printing and storage environment
Ideally, the printing and media-storage environment should be at or near room temperature, and not too dry or too humid. Remember that paper is hygroscopic; it absorbs and loses moisture rapidly.
Heat works with humidity to damage paper. Heat causes the moisture in paper to evaporate, while cold causes it to condense on the sheets. Heating systems and air conditioners remove most of the humidity from a room. As paper is opened and used, it loses moisture, causing streaks and smudging. Humid weather or water coolers can cause the humidity to increase in a room. As paper is opened and used it absorbs any excess moisture, causing light print and dropouts. Also, as paper loses and gains moisture it can distort. This issue can cause jams.
As a result, paper storage and handling are as important as the paper-making process itself. Paper storage environmental conditions directly affect the feed operation and print quality.
Care should be taken not to purchase more paper than can be easily used in a short time (about three months). Paper stored for long periods can experience heat and moisture extremes, which can cause damage. Planning is important to prevent damage to a large supply of paper.
Unopened paper in sealed reams can remain stable for several months before use. Opened packages of paper have more potential for environmental damage, especially if they are not wrapped with a moisture-proof barrier.
The media-storage environment should be properly maintained to ensure optimum printer performance. The required condition is 20° to 24° C (68° to 75° F), with a relative humidity of 45% to 55%. The following guidelines should be helpful when evaluating the paper's storage environment:
  • Print media should be stored at or near room temperature.
  • The air should not be too dry or too humid (to moderate the hygroscopic properties of paper).
  • The best way to store an opened ream of paper is to re-wrap it tightly in its moisture-proof wrapping. If the printer environment is subject to extremes, unwrap only the amount of paper to be used during the day's operation to prevent unwanted moisture changes.
  • Avoid storing paper and print media near heating and air conditioning vents or near windows and doors that are frequently open.
Envelopes
Envelopes can be printed from Tray 1 or Tray 2. Select the type of envelope that you are using from the Print dialog box or the printer driver.
In your program, set the margins for the envelope. The following table gives typical address margins fora commercial #10 or DL envelope.
Type of address
Top margin
Left margin
Return address
15 mm (0.6 inch)
15 mm (0.6 inch)
Delivery address
51 mm (2 inches)
89 mm (3.5 inches)
  • For the best print quality, position margins no closer than 15 mm (0.6 inch) from the edges of the envelope.
  • Avoid printing over the area where the envelope seams meet.
Envelope storage and construction
Envelope storage
Proper storage of envelopes helps contribute to print quality. Envelopes should be stored flat. If air is trapped in an envelope and creates an air bubble, then the envelope might wrinkle during printing.
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. Successful printing on envelopes depends upon the quality of the envelopes. When selecting envelopes, consider the following components:
  • Weight: The weight of the envelope paper should not exceed 90 g/m² (24 lb) or jamming might occur.
  • Construction: Before printing, envelopes should lie flat with less than 6 mm (0.25 inch) curl, and should not contain air.
  • Condition: Envelopes should not be wrinkled, nicked, or otherwise damaged.
  • Temperature: Use envelopes that are compatible with the heat and pressure of the printer. This printer's fusing temperature is 210° C (410° F).
  • Size: Use only envelopes that are within the following size ranges.
    Tray
    Minimum
    Maximum
    Tray 1 or Tray 2
    76 x 127 mm (3 x 5 inches)
    216 x 356 mm (8.5 x 14 inches)
Envelopes with double side-seams
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. Be sure the seam extends all the way to the corner of the envelope as illustrated below.
  1. Acceptable
  2. Unacceptable
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 that are compatible with the heat and pressure in the printer. The extra flaps and strips might cause wrinkling, creasing, or even jams and might damage the fuser.
Labels
Select the type of label that you are using from the Print dialog box or the printer driver.
  caution:
To avoid damaging the printer, use only labels that are recommended for laser printers. To prevent serious jams, always use Tray 1 or Tray 2 to print on labels. Never print on the same sheet of labels more than once or print on a partial sheet of labels.
When selecting labels, consider the quality of each component:
  • Adhesives: The adhesive material should be stable at 210° C (410° F), which is the printer fusing temperature.
  • Arrangement: Only use labels with no exposed backing between them. Labels can peel off sheets with spaces between the labels, causing serious jams.
  • Curl: Before printing, labels must lie flat with no more than 13 mm (0.5 inch) of curl in any direction.
  • Condition: Do not use labels that have wrinkles, bubbles, or other indications of separation.
Transparencies
Use only Tray 1 or Tray 2 to print on transparencies. Select Transparencies from the Print dialog box or the printer driver.
The printer supports printing on color transparencies. Use only transparencies that are recommended for use in laser printers.
Transparencies that are used in the printer must be able to withstand 210° C (410° F), which is the printer fusing temperature.
  caution:
To avoid damage to the printer, use only transparencies that are recommended for use in laser printers.
Supported media weights and sizes
This section contains information about the sizes, weights, and capacities of paper and other print media that each tray supports.
Tray 1 and Tray 2 media specifications
Tray 1 and Tray 2
Dimensions¹
Weight
Capacity²
Paper
Minimum:
76 x 127 mm(3 x 5 inches)
Maximum:
216 x 356 mm (8.5 x14 inches)
60 to 163 g/m² (16 to 43 lb)
Up to 176 g/m² (47 lb) for postcards
Single sheet of 75 g/m² (20 lb) paper for Tray 1
Up to 250 sheets for Tray 2
HP LaserJet glossy paper and HP LaserJet photo paper
Same as the preceding listed minimum and maximum sizes.
75 to 163 g/m² (20 to 32 lb)
Single sheet of HP LaserJet glossy paper or HP LaserJet photo paper for Tray 1
Up to 25 mm (0.99 inch)stack height for Tray 2
HP Premium Cover paper4
200 g/m² (75 lb) cover
Single sheet of HP Cover paper for Tray 1
Up to 25 mm (0.99 inch) stack height for Tray 2
Transparencies and opaque film
Thickness: 0.10 to 0.13 mm (3.9to 5.1 mils)
Single sheet of transparency or opaque film for Tray 1
Up to 50 sheets for Tray 2
Labels³
Thickness: up to 0.23 mm (up to9 mils)
Single sheet of labels for Tray 1
Up to 25 mm (0.99 inch) stack height for Tray 2
Envelopes
Up to 90 g/m² (16 to 24 lb)
Single envelope for Tray 1
Up to ten envelopes for Tray 2
¹The printer supports a wide range of standard and custom sizes of print media. Check the printer driver for supported sizes.
²Capacity can vary depending on media weight and thickness, and environmental conditions.
³Smoothness: 100 to 250 (Sheffield).
4Hewlett-Packard does not guarantee results when printing with other types of heavy paper.
Optional Tray 3 (250-sheet tray)
Dimensions¹
Weight
Capacity²
Plain paper
Minimum:
76 x 127 mm(3 x 5 inches)
Maximum:
216 x 356 mm (8.5 x14 inches)
60 to 163 g/m²
Up to 250 sheets
¹The printer supports a wide range of standard and custom sizes of print media. Check the printer driver for supported sizes.
²Capacity can vary depending on the media weight and thickness, and environmental conditions.

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