Manufacturers have placed varied GSM restrictions on all laser printers to improve print quality and lengthen the life of the device. Your paper’s weight or thickness is measured in grams per square meter (GSM). Starting with the typical 70 to 90gsm paper and going up to 400gsm and beyond for business card stock. A higher GSM value indicates heavier and thicker paper.

Using Correct GSM Paper

Tracing paper has a weight as low as 40gsm, while general-purpose printing paper has an ideal weight of 80gsm for most laser printers. Due to the fact that most people print typical papers on the suggested 80gsm reams of paper, general users don’t bother about GSM restrictions.

  • 74gsm to 90gsm-Basic standard office paper, used in laser printers.
  • 100gsm to 120gsm-Stationary paper used for standard letterheads, complimentary slips.
  • 130gsm to 170gsm-Used for leaflets, posters, single-sided flyers and brochures.
  • 175gsm to 200gsm-Quality paper with card feel. For welcome pack covers, front & back flyers and posters.
  • 250gsm to 300gsm-High gsm quality card for basic crafting, hobbyist photography, book covers.
  • 350gsm to 400gsm-Perfect weight for photography, business cards, invitations and commercial flyers.
  • 400gsm and over-Very durable and good quality card for serious crafters or artists.

**Most laser printer have maximum of 220gsm limit

How to Check Maximum GSM of Your Printer

Laser printers are adaptable devices that can print on several types of paper. The simplest approach to find your GSM limitations is to consult the printer PDF specification document, which is always available on our printer pages. Knowing your GSM limits will make printing simple and trouble-free. The user manual and other literature that came with your printer might potentially provide you with this information.

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