What Is the Best Printer for Printing on Cardstock?

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When you’re creating artwork or documents designed to impress, standard paper often doesn’t produce the results you want. That’s why many people opt for cardstock, sometimes known as cover paper. It’s the premium choice for professional printing jobs, with greater thickness and durability than regular printing paper. 

However, when it comes to printing on cardstock, it’s paramount you find the right printer for the job. Due to the paper’s thickness and tendency to absorb more ink, standard printers are unsuitable. Inkjet printers and premium brand laser printers are ideal for this task. Here is our guide to help you learn what to look for when picking the best printer for printing on cardstock.

Inkjet and Laser Printers

Before you begin exploring various printer options, start by narrowing your search specifically to inkjet and laser printers. While standard at-home and office printers have come a long way, they often struggle to handle cardstock paper’s extra weight. Inkjet and laser printers support printing on thick paper without jamming, while still producing high-quality results.

Paper Thickness Capability

Start by checking your potential printer’s specifications, including the maximum paper thickness it can handle. The thickness of cardstock varies, ranging anywhere from 67-140 lbs., so depending on what type of cardstock you plan to use for your projects, you’ll need to make sure the printer is up to the task. Most standard household printers can handle up to 85-lb. cardstock. 

The last thing you want is to feed your printer cardstock paper that is too thick and jams the unit. To avoid paper jams and headaches, check out the printer’s capabilities to understand which trays to use and how to avoid overloading the paper feed. Look for a printer model that offers dual-feed trays for optimal printer efficiency and an automatic document feeder. 

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The Canon Pixma Pro-100 is designed to accommodate a range of paper thicknesses and sizes, meaning it’s well suited for many different types of cardstock. To get the best results, use authentic or high-quality remanufactured Canon ink cartridges for your cardstock printing projects. 

Image Quality

Whether you’re creating invitations, business cards, booklets or mixed media, you need a machine with top-notch print quality. Anything you print on cardstock should produce vivid, brightly colored, high-resolution images. By opting for an inkjet printer with an optimized DPI print process, such as the HP DeskJet 9800, you can get resolutions up to 1,200 x 1,200 DPI and an optimized DPI color of 4,800.

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Easy Connection

Most inkjet and laser printers have USB connectivity, so you can easily connect to your laptop or PC. If printing anywhere around your home or office and even from your phone is a must for you, consider looking for a printer that uses Wi-Fi for effortless connection. Some even have cloud connectivity, allowing you to save scans directly from the printer.   

Ink Configuration

Another consideration when finding the best printer for printing on cardstock is how many ink cartridges the printer has. The more cartridges you have, the less frequently you’ll have to replace them. A more extensive ink configuration can be handy when you’re printing highly colorful and visual materials. 

When it does come time to replace your inkjet or laser printer’s cartridges, we’ve got you covered from HP printer cartridges to many other popular brands. 

If your printer cartridges are refillable and an unwanted ink spill occurs, it’s important to know how to remove printer ink from paper to preserve your project. 

Printing Speed

Finally, you need to look at the printer’s printing speed. If you plan to print large volumes of cardstock materials, it’s essential to find a machine capable of printing higher volumes. Look for models that can print a minimum of 20 pages per minute. 

If you don’t intend to do complete mass print jobs or just plan to use it occasionally, this feature may be less critical for you. 

The Takeaway

Like any product, there’s a range of printers you can choose from to print cardstock. But, when you’re looking for the best of the best, it’s important to look for a handful of key features. Start by opting for inkjet and laser printers that allow for easy connectivity, provide superb image quality and can accommodate a wide range of cardstock thickness. From there, look at the sizes and printing speeds that best suit your office and needs. 

For affordable ink cartridges that help your cardstock projects pop, call Inkjet Superstore at 888-745-4316.