Inkjet paper, which one to go for?

  Effie 10:42 12 Oct 2006

I have just bought a new inkjet. I am concerned about getting the best quality inkjet paper for printing text and graphics.

In a previous thread, I've been told by other forum members that some papers are very dusty/rough and could potentially cause problems to printers.

Are there any knowledgable forum members out there who could recommend top class inkjet paper brands worth buying ?

Thank you.

  anchor 10:59 12 Oct 2006

It seems to me that not all glossy papers work well in all makes of printers, despite what is stated on the packet; (the matte coated ones seem OK). I have personally never found "dusty/rough" problems with any brand.

I find that my Epson works well with Jessops. I am sure other members will give their own recommendations.

  Totally-braindead 11:37 12 Oct 2006

I've never heard of this dusty/rough paper thing. For normal printouts I have always used cheap copier paper usually Tescos Value brand or another make if its cheaper. And one of my Epsons is 5 years old now and still going strong.
Regarding quality printouts thats a different matter, I've tried Epson paper in my Epson printer and didn't like it. I've also tried the stuff from ALDI and its not bad at the price. But I normally use the stuff from Choice click here I use the 100g matt for things like CD covers (its cheaper than the Instant Dry Gloss) and usually the 180g Instant Dry Gloss - coated one size for photos. I have to say that with some photos in my opinion they look better printed on the matt paper so its worth experimenting.
Also worth mentioning that I have 2 Epson printers and they print very differently, so just because I like these papers doesn't mean you will.
My advice, get the sample pack and try it click here. If you decide you want to try the Epson paper, which I didn't like but you might, then its worth looking at 7day shop click here as they sell a lot of stuff cheaper than you can get elsewhere.

Also worth scrounging a couple of sheets of paper off your mates if they are printing photos and see how you like what they use.

Oh and I use Choice compatibles as well, if you want to use originals then again have a look at 7dayshop

  spuds 11:54 12 Oct 2006

For plain text printing, I generally use normal copier paper obtainable from most outlets like Staples, Viking Direct or PC World. Never had a problem yet, over many years of usage.

Regarding the dusty/rough that you refer to, it was once explained to me that this originated via HP, and a 'special' paper that they were selling for their printers.Other outlets followed on, but I do not seem to find this 'special' paper around nowadays. Own brand paper from possibly places like Viking, Staples, PCW may have a slightly different texture,even on different batch numbers, depending on where the original manufacturing supply was obtained.

I generally find that places like Staples will provide a few sample sheets from their Copy Shop, before you decide on a purchase.Other outlets have been very obliging as well.

  Stuartli 12:05 12 Oct 2006

..problems with any brand.>>

I have with the Tesco Value product...:-)

"Dusty" is putting it kindly - had to thoroughly clean out my then Canon BJC 600e printer, before consigning the 400 plus sheets still left purely for note taking.

If you stick to the brand name papers, which can be acquired at surprisingly good prices at most specialist stationers, you won't go far wrong.

  anchor 14:07 12 Oct 2006

Stuartli: I did say that was own personal experience. I have not used any Tesco paper, (and from your comments never will). You should have taken it back for a refund.

I now mostly use "Niceday" ordinary office photocopy paper for everyday printing; (although have used various brands in the past). Never a problem with Epson 700 or 895 inkjets, or Samsung laser.

For photo printing I find Jessops matte or glossy, coated paper is fine on the Epson.

  Belatucadrus 14:32 12 Oct 2006

I used to buy A4 in 500,000 sheet lots for an employer who used a variety of lasers, inkjets and typewriters. While dusty paper problems were not unheard of, it was very rare and we used a variety of different papers over the years.

  sputnick 19:22 12 Oct 2006

If anyone has an Aldi store near them I have found their Glossy Phot paper to be quite good and cheap.
I have found Canon, Epson,and Olmec and ICI paper to be very good.
Look for special offers at click here.

  Stuartli 23:47 12 Oct 2006

Like sputnick I've found the Rex A4 glossy photo paper at £4.99 for 50 sheets to be tremendous value.

You can also find good buys at click here

  Effie 23:56 12 Oct 2006

Given that many brands of inkjet paper are being outsourced, how does one find one which genuinely doesn't anyone??

Knowing that I could constantly depend on a specific brand for consistant good quality would be great, even if it meant I had to spend a bit more to do so.

Thanks everyone so far for your suggestions.

  spuds 10:44 13 Oct 2006

Effie-- That's the problem with 'specific brand's', quality control specifications could be the same, but due to outsourcing and continuation of supplies, the actual manufacturing source could be different. Buy what you think is best, high price doesn't always solve the problem.

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