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HP CG966A glossy laser photo paper
HP CG966A glossy laser photo paper
Market price: $39.00 save 23%
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HP Q6550A Matte Photo Laser Paper 100 Sheets pack  Genuine HP
HP Q6550A Matte Photo Laser Paper 100 Sheets pack Genuine HP
SKU: Q6550A
Market price: $30.00 save 20%
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Laser and inkjet printing technology is completely different and using inkjet paper in a laser printer will most likely produce disasterous results which may even destroy your laser printer. However the same principles are used in generating the images on paper.  Both technologies mix black and the three primary colours blue (cyan), red (magenta and yellow to create the spectrum of colours, but this point each technology changes.

Laser printers use a microscopic polymer mix powder called “toner” whereas inkjet printers use liquid inks with either a dye or pigment base.  The colours are the same Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, K-black but require different paper to correctly absorb the medium.
Laser printers work by electrostatically spreading different amounts of specific colours on the paper and then “fusing” them by applying heat and pressure to heated rollers called the fuser unit as the final part of the printer cycle. This is why the paper is always warm after exiting the laser printer.

Inkjet printers spray the ink directly onto the paper.  Inkjet paper, in order to achieve sharp and colourful results, has a coating that controls the wet ink and prevents it from spreading and smudging and reduces drying time.
Thicker grades of inkjet paper are quite absorbent and can produce very high quality photo reproduction. Photo paper made by each manufacturer is quite specific and can react in different machines depending upon requirements and may perform in a different way and contain a different chemical composition in order to handle the medium used.

Laser photo paper must have the ability to handle heat whereas inkjet photo paper must have absorbent requirements for substantial quantities of ink in ether dye or pigment base.
Everyday uncoated copy paper e.g.:“normal” copy paper with 80 - 100 gsm thickness (or similar) can handle print jobs on either laser and inkjet printers. 
The overall result on laser printers will resemble the same on thicker paper but depending upon the grade will generally improve with the quality of the paper.
The higher grade laser papers will definitely show better results.

The same can be said for inkjet printers, using higher grade and thicker photo paper will definitely show the best results. Inkjet printing paper is available in a wide range of finishes and thicknesses. We recommend using the same manufacturers papers as your printer as in our experience this will provide the best results especially when using heavily saturated images, on a normal printing paper will achieve poor results and will usually take some time to dry.

We highly caution users not to use inkjet papers for laser printers as they are not suitable for use with them and will in some cases damage laser printers.  Inkjet photo papers are not designed to take a high heat and the coating used on this paper could physically attach to the fuser rollers in a laser printer. 

Some inkjet printers have a straight paper path and the thicker papers feed through fat easier. Inkjet is best for high resolution, photographic images where they show their worth in the end result. In this case we recommend inkjet as the technology for best results.