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Re: Paper: ColorQube 8580: My Choices

Hi salvO,

Thank you for using the Support Forum. I appreciate you sharing your experiences with paper.  Paper is very important for the print quality and proper function of the printer.  I am sure many will find this information useful. 

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Paper: ColorQube 8580: My Choices

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While it helps to have a capable printer to produce good results, paper choice is a significant factor in the overall equation.  I realize that "good results" is subjective, so what I am about to share is based on my simple expectations.  My typical requirements break down into two scenarios:  Routine printouts and Finished output.  The former represents over 95% of my activity, while the latter encompasses less than 5% of my activity.  So for my expectations, it came down to two kinds of paper to fulfill nearly all of my printing needs.  Next is what I ended up choosing. 


For routine prints I chose Hammermill's 24lb Laser Print.  It's a very smooth paper that produces crisp results.  This paper is bright with a consistent texture that causes the output to jump off the page with pronounced contrast while not distracting your eye with blotchy background noise. 


My finished output largely involves images; some of my sources are old black-and-white photos.  I spent a fair amount of time evaluating several different sample sheets (from Red River Paper) to arrive at my choices.  Yes, to my surprise, I ended up arriving at two choices for this activity instead of just one.  While Red River Paper focuses on ink jet paper, a number of their offerings produced outstanding results from the 8580.  Their 60lb Polar Matte produced incredibly smooth solid colors, superb detail, and high degree of opacity (for 2-sided prints).  The 68lb Ultrapro Satin 4.0 excelled with black-and-white photos, producing very minimal noise, especially in dark regions of a print. 


These three choices of paper have enabled me to extract the most from my ColorQube's potential.  I am very pleased with the results!  Perhaps this may help some of you arrive at a similar conclusion. 


Finally, here are some paper-related links that I found to be informative: 

ColorQube 8580dn | Snow Leopard
System 1.3.8.P / OS 10.80 / PS 4.19.0 / Eng 26.P1.4.19.0 / Net
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