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If you want to print, you cannot do without it. In today's digital world, copying paper is still an integral part of putting words written on the computer on paper. Whether A4 or A3, white or more colourful, copying paper is available in different variants. But it is not always easy to choose the right copy paper or to find it for yourself. Because copy paper can also present challenges. That's why we have listed and compared the different models in this article and answered the most important questions so that you know which copy paper is right for you.




Summary

  • Copy paper is available in different formats and colours. But environmental friendliness and paper thickness also play a major role in the purchase.
  • The paper thickness is given in grams per square metre and is between 80 and 120 g/m² for normal business paper.
  • Not all copy paper is equally suitable for every printer. The differences for photo, laser and inkjet printers should be noted.

The Best Copy Paper: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for copying paper

We have also listed the most important purchase criteria again for you so that you can be even better advised:

In the following, we explain the purchase criteria in more detail.

DIN format

Copy paper can have different sizes. Everything is possible, from DIN A1 to DIN A7. The most common is probably DIN A4, which is the size of an exercise book or writing pad. But DIN A6, like postcards, DIN A7, like index cards, DIN A2, like posters or even DIN A1, like desk pads or flip charts can also be printed with printer paper. By the way, the DIN A4 format measures 21.0 x 29.7 cm. Of course, it is important that you not only know what you want to print, but also that you have the right paper and of course that the printer is capable of doing it. Because not every printer or copier can print beyond DIN A4 or has the size to print posters.

Colour

In addition to the size of the paper, the colour also plays an important role. Because whether you want to print an annual report or an application on white, design a colourful poster or simply copy a flyer for which the colour doesn't matter, copy paper is available in different variants here as well. The most common and most serious colour is, of course, white. If you want to give free rein to your ideas and get creative, copy paper is also available in colours such as pink, green, yellow, blue, orange and many more.

For photo paper

But to put other projects into practice, such as printing out photos, whether for yourself, posters or the like, normal copy paper is not always enough. Moreover, it does not have the quality and resolution that you would want if you printed it on normal paper. That is why there is special photo paper for this purpose. Photo paper is like copy paper, except that it has a glossy surface, as if you were printing photos. So you can copy or print normally and still have the quality of photos.

Environmental friendliness

Copy paper can also be environmentally friendly. It is important for the environment that the paper can be recycled accordingly. A well-known factor for environmental friendliness is the Blue Angel label. But the Ökopa Plus mark and UWS paper are also indications that the paper is recycled. If these labels are not present, there is often an FSC label on the packaging of the copy paper, which indicates sustainability.

Paper thickness

Another criterion is the paper thickness. It indicates the weight of the paper and is measured in grams per square metre. Here is a brief overview of how strong paper should be and for what:

weight use
80 - 100 g/m²) Standard office paper, such as faxes or other documents
110 - 120 g/m²) Higher-quality paper, such as business letters
130 - 170 g/m²) Heavy paper, such as posters or brochures

From a thickness of 170 - 200 g/m², the paper is cardboard-like and is more likely to be used for postcards or business cards.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about copy paper answered in detail

Because there are many unanswered questions about copy paper, we have selected the most important ones and answered them for you.

What types of paper are there?

Copy paper differs not only in colour and DIN format, but an important factor to distinguish between the different types of paper is the thickness of the paper.

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Copying paper is not only available in different paper thicknesses and DIN formats, but there are also many different colours besides white on which you can print and copy. (Image source: Ricardo Gomez Angel / unsplash)

The grams per square metre will tell you whether the paper is for business projects or for company flyers.

Which paper is suitable for a laser printer?

Actually, any paper is suitable for a laser printer, including conventional copy paper. You can also use environmentally friendly paper for a laser printer. Only photo paper, because of its surface, and inkjet paper, because it is only suitable for inkjet printers, cannot be used for a laser printer.

How much does copy paper cost?

Depending on how much copy paper you need, it can be in different price ranges. We have provided a price overview for you in the table:

Price class Available products
Low-priced 2 - 6 €) 250 to 500 sheets and 80 - 120 g/m²
Medium-priced 6 - 14 €) 500 to 2000 sheets and 80 - 120 g/m²
High price 15 - 20 €) 2000 to 3000 sheets and 80 - 120 g/m²

Which paper is suitable for an inkjet printer?

Just about any type of paper can be used with an inkjet printer, including normal copier paper. Only coated laser printer paper, i.e. special paper for a laser printer, cannot be used for inkjet printers, as the surface is not suitable for this.

Which paper is suitable for photos?

To print photos with good quality, for example with a photo printer, the best paper to use is glossy paper. However, almost any paper can be used for this purpose, but not all papers deliver the same quality or intensity of the image.

Conclusion

Copy paper has many buying criteria and to know which one to choose, you should also know what it is for and for which machine. But also whether the printer or copier can use the paper well or whether it is suitable for making the copies you want. But once you are clear about the purchasing criteria, it is no longer a problem to choose the right copying paper for you. Depending on the quantity and size, copy paper can cost a little more. So it depends on what project you are going to work on next.

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