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What Is The Maximum GSM That Laser Printers Will Accept?

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All laser printers come with varying GSM limitations set by manufacturers to optimise the quality of your prints and also extend the life of your printer. GSM, in short, grams per square metre is the weight or thickness of your paper or print media. Starting from the standard 70 to 90gsm paper to business cardstock 400gsm and over. A higher GSM number means thicker and heavier paper.

Using The Correct GSM Paper

Paper weights go as low as 40gsm for tracing paper and the optimum for most laser printers is 80gsm general-purpose printing paper. General users don’t worry about GSM limitations as they mostly print standard documents using the 80gsm reams of paper, which is recommended.

Using the recommended paper weight has a good impact on a printer and quality of the final print job. The effects of not doing so range from bad quality prints to printer damage. High on the list of issues is “paper jam”, which then evolves into multiple other issues with varying error codes and messages on your printer. Below are some examples of the maximum GSM recommended for the most common printing scenarios.

  • 74gsm to 90gsm – This is the basic standard office paper, used in your laser printers.
  • 100gsm to 120gsm – This is stationary paper used for standard letterheads, complimentary slips.
  • 130 to 170gsm – Mostly used for leaflets, posters, single-sided flyers, and brochures.
  • 175 to 200gsm – Quality paper with a card feel. For welcome pack covers, front & back flyers, and posters.
  • 250 to 300gsm – High gsm quality card for basic crafting, hobbyist photography, book covers.
  • 350 to 400gsm – Perfect weight for photography, business cards, invitations, and commercial flyers.
  • 400gsm and over – Very durable and good quality card for serious crafters or artists.

*Most laser printers have a maximum of 220gsm limit

How To Check Maximum GSM Of Your Printer

Laser printers can be versatile machines, capable of printing on a range of papers. Knowing your printer’s GSM limits will make printing easy and trouble free and the best way to determine this is the printer PDF specification sheet which is always available on our printer pages. You will also find this information from the user guide and other documentation boxed with your new printer. Alternatively, if you are unsure, please contact our ever helpful sales team, and they’ll be happy to give you this information.

HP laserjet pro m283 printer
Mixture of a4 paper reams and packs

At Printerbase, we stock a wide range of paper to suit all printers and jobs with a wide variety of paper weight, from drafts through to fine art. See our full range of paper.

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58 comments

Carole Barrett 12 January 2021 at 4:31 pm

I am looking to buy a Ink jet printer that will print color on 120 gsm paper any advice

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Adam Whitehead 12 January 2021 at 4:37 pm

Hi Carole

Thank you for getting in touch.
All inkjet printers can reach 120GSM, i’d have a look at something like the Canon PIXMA G2501
https://www.printerbase.co.uk/canon-pixma-g1501-printer.html

Hope this helps
Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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Freya Roberts 22 January 2021 at 1:02 pm

Hello, I’m looking for a mono laser printer for home use that can take cardstock up to 320gsm, do you have any suggestions?

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Adam Whitehead 1 February 2021 at 12:51 pm

Hi Freya

Thank you for getting in touch. With Mono printers they do not print as high as 320gsm, the highest we stock is 230gsm on some of our Brother printers, such as the Brother HL-L2350DW
https://www.printerbase.co.uk/brother-hl-l2350dw-printer.html

Hope this helps
Thank you
Adam

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Stephanie 14 February 2021 at 4:25 pm

Hi,
Do you have any colour laser printers that print on 300gsm card and are also good for foiling please?
Thanks,
Stephanie

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Adam Whitehead 17 February 2021 at 5:13 pm

Hi Stephanie.

Unfortunately, we do not. We no longer have any laser printers which have been tested for foiling. However, it’s mono printers which would be capable and these have a maximum of 230 gsm

Hope this helps
Thank you
The Printerbase Team

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Alin 17 February 2021 at 3:07 pm

Very useful information!

I was looking for a 250 GSM laser printer but did not found anything good. Now thanks to this new information I am rethinking everything.

Please help me decide for a HP colored laser printer that can print 180-200 GSM paper (cardstock).

My only request is that i do not want to feed the printer one paper at the time. As I think I have to do for the hp 283 in the tray 1.

We want to use the printer for wedding invitations, stickers pritnig on vellum if possible, contracts and others. The price cand be up to $500–$700.

Also the copy/scan/fax are not useful to us.

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Adam Whitehead 17 February 2021 at 4:58 pm

HI Alin

Thank you for getting in touch. Unfortunately, there isn’t a great number of Laser printers which reach 250GSM. The Oki C824DN would be capable just about. https://www.printerbase.co.uk/oki-c824dn-a3-colour-laser-printer.html

For up to 220GSM the Xerox C400DN would be suitable too: https://www.printerbase.co.uk/xerox-versalink-c400dn-a4-colour-laser-printer.html

These printers have not been tested on Vellum, but would accept any media supported for Laser printers

Hope this helps
Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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Linda Bugg 19 March 2021 at 1:15 pm

Hi, would HP Officejet Pro 9010 print on 220 gm card stock

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Adam Whitehead 22 March 2021 at 1:35 pm

Hi Linda

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9010 can print on media up to 220gsm
The maximum it supports is 280gsm

Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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Bianca 26 March 2021 at 8:33 am

Hi, what is the best quality colour laser printer with the highest cardstock gsm?

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Adam Whitehead 29 March 2021 at 9:58 am

Hi Bianca

Thank you for getting in touch.

The top-rated laser printer for card is currently the Xerox Versalink C9000DT, capable of 350gsm
https://www.printerbase.co.uk/xerox-versalink-c9000dt-a3-colour-laser-printer.html

Hope this helps
Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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Moby 15 April 2021 at 8:05 pm

Hi, can you recommend a printer that can handle 250gsm 3″x5″ cards at around 10000 monthly volume?

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Adam Whitehead 20 April 2021 at 1:03 pm

Hi Moby

Thank you for getting in touch. We don’t have a printer we could recommend for the size of prints you’re doing. It’s advised to use an A4 sheet of paper and cutting it down to reach this size.
It would be a higher format laser Printer though for the yield. Such as the Xerox C8000DT
https://www.printerbase.co.uk/xerox-versalink-c8000dt-a3-colour-laser-printer.html

Hope this helps
Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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shane 20 April 2021 at 10:08 am

Looking at printing on 400gsm. Only printing black so would prefer a printer with the least amount of inks if possible but as long as it prints on the thick card i don’t mind

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Adam Whitehead 20 April 2021 at 1:09 pm

Hi Shane

Thank you for your question.
From the sounds of it, a photo printer would be your only option. But these have at least 10 inks, at 400GSM. I recommend the Epson P700: https://www.printerbase.co.uk/epson-surecolor-sc-p700-a3-colour-inkjet-printer.html

Hope this helps
Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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Mar 29 April 2021 at 3:18 am

Hi, I am looking for printer that can print 200 gsm and can scan legal paper. Thank you.

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Adam Whitehead 29 April 2021 at 10:46 am

Hi Mar,

Most Inkjet Printers can handle this media, but I recommend checking out the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740.
https://www.printerbase.co.uk/hp-officejet-pro-7740-a3-multifunction-inkjet-printer.html

Hope this helps
Thanks
The Printerbase Team

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Daniel Meier 19 May 2021 at 1:41 pm

Hello,

I have a Lexmark CX310dn printer, but I am unable to ascertain the maximum gsm this printer can deal with. Would you be able to offer any insight?

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Adam Whitehead 20 May 2021 at 2:00 pm

Hi Daniel

Thank you for getting in touch.
The Lexmark CX310DN takes a paper weight 60 – 176 gsm

Hope this helps
Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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Shaz 21 May 2021 at 7:23 am

Hi could you please recommend a brother laser printer for upto 220gsm please (cheapest option) x

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Adam Whitehead 24 May 2021 at 1:46 pm

Hi Shaz

Thank you for getting in touch!
Brother Laser Printers in colour only reach up to 163gsm.

However, there are Mono options which can reach up to 230gsm: https://www.printerbase.co.uk/brother-hl-l2310d-printer.html

Hope this helps

Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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harriet kanyunyuzi 31 May 2021 at 12:37 pm

hello I am looking for a printer which can print on paper of 250 to 300gsm

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Adam Whitehead 7 June 2021 at 1:56 pm

Hi Harriet

Thank you for getting in touch.
Laser Printers get rather expensive, the cheapest 300gsm laser printer is the Xerox C8000DT
https://www.printerbase.co.uk/xerox-versalink-c8000dt-a3-colour-laser-printer.html

For a suitable Inkjet, I’d have a look at the Canon IP8750:
https://www.printerbase.co.uk/canon-pixma-ip8750-a3-colour-inkjet-printer.html

Hope this helps

Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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Adam AL Hamidi 31 May 2021 at 2:06 pm

Hello Sir Adam ,

i need your help to have the best printer for printing Certificate , as per customer request following the Specs:
Heavy Stock digital Print System
500GSM
print speed up to 50
2400 Resolution
LED Print Head

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Adam Whitehead 7 June 2021 at 3:15 pm

Hi Adam

Thank you for getting in touch.
500gsm is very thick for supporting media, no laser printers do.

However, with an inkjet, how does the SC-P700 look?
https://www.printerbase.co.uk/epson-surecolor-sc-p700-a3-colour-inkjet-printer.html

Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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Sam 11 June 2021 at 9:16 am

Hi, does the Canon Pro-300 print on 350gsm card?

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Adam Whitehead 14 June 2021 at 2:38 pm

Hi Sam

Thank you for getting in touch.
the Canon ImagePROGRAF Pro-300 can print on 350gsm card. It supports media up to 380gsm

Hope this helps
Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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Josh 16 June 2021 at 11:14 am

Can HP InkJet 315 print on 230gsm a4 sized card? if not what inkjet printer would you recommend?

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Adam Whitehead 16 June 2021 at 11:24 am

Hi Josh

Thank you for your comment, we’ve not seen or tested the HP InkTank 315 on the UK Market yet. However, the Canon PIXMA G3560 can support up to 275gsm: https://www.printerbase.co.uk/canon-pixma-g3560-a4-colour-inkjet-printer.html

Hope this helps
Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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Alex 17 June 2021 at 4:35 pm

Hi Adam,

Please could you advise on a digital printer that would print on 300gsm card in black ink. Thanks very much!

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Adam Whitehead 18 June 2021 at 4:12 pm

Hi Alex

Thank you for getting in touch.
300gsm is quite high for a laser, we usually recommend Inkjets first such as the Canon PIXMA IP8750
https://www.printerbase.co.uk/canon-pixma-ip8750-a3-colour-inkjet-printer.html

However, if you’re set on a Laser, the Xerox Phaser C8000DT can print 300gsm
https://www.printerbase.co.uk/xerox-versalink-c8000dt-a3-colour-laser-printer.html

Hope this helps
Thank you
Adam

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Courtney 8 July 2021 at 2:21 am

Hi, I recently purchased an Epson Ecotank 2710, I was wondering if it could print on A5 160gsm paper?

Thank you.

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Adam Whitehead 8 July 2021 at 9:48 am

Hi Courtney

Thank you for getting in touch. The EcoTank ET-2710 can print A5 at 160gsm.

Hope this helps
Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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Karl 16 July 2021 at 8:16 am

Hi,

I am looking for a mono laser printer that will accept custom paper size.

I will mainly be printing a4 size but occasionally i will be printing paper that is the same width as a4 size, but shorter (as i would have horizontally trimmed a portion of the a4 paper from the top).

Do you know of any printers that will accept this?

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Adam Whitehead 16 July 2021 at 4:00 pm

Hi Karl

Thank you for getting in touch.
I’ve looked at your requirements, what do you think on a Canon LBP223DW?
https://www.printerbase.co.uk/canon-i-sensys-lbp223dw-printer.html

This can support custom sizes Min. 105 x 148 mm – Max. 216.0 x 355.6 mm

Hope this helps
Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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Karl 18 July 2021 at 6:11 am

Hi Adam,

It looks good but i also need to be able to print on 180gsm paper. It says on the specs that it prints up to 163 GSM.

Do you know of a mono laser printer that will support custom print size and 180gsm paper?

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Misko 18 July 2021 at 11:24 am

Hi,

I am looking for an inkjet or laser printer that can print on 50gsm. bank paper. It seems, most of laser printers are rated to 64gsm. The only inkjet I found that can handle 60gsm. is HP Printwide series. Is there any printer that can handle 45-50gsm. paper?

Thanks and regards
Misko

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Adam Whitehead 19 July 2021 at 10:13 am

Hi Misko

Unfortunately, we don’t have a printer that can take 50gsm, it’s too thin. You would need a specialised printer.

Hope this helps
Thank you
The Printerbase Team

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Mostafa 20 July 2021 at 12:37 pm

Does hp smart tank 515 print on a 180 GSM paper?

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Adam Whitehead 20 July 2021 at 4:41 pm

Hi Mostafa

The HP SmartTank 515 can support 180gsm paper

Hope this helps
Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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Maxine 8 August 2021 at 2:11 pm

Hello I am looking for a printer that’s good for a small business. I’m planning to print cards with 200-300 gsm. What is the most economical option you can offer?

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Adam Whitehead 9 August 2021 at 10:32 am

Hi Maxine

Thank you for getting in touch!

Our top card printer is the Canon ImagePROGRAF Pro-300
https://www.printerbase.co.uk/canon-imageprograf-pro-300-photo-inkjet-printer.html this is capable of prints up to 370gsm

However, if printing on a budget, the Canon PIXMA IX6850 is also a great option.
https://www.printerbase.co.uk/canon-pixma-ix6850-a3-colour-inkjet-printer.html

Hope this helps
Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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Riz 11 August 2021 at 2:51 pm

Hi Adam,

I have tried laser printers previously such as HP M148FDW, however when using any type of paper above 180gsm, the toner seems to leave spots on the paper, like the toner has been pressed up against the paper and left ink on it?

Can you recommend a cheap laser printer which can take up to 230gsm card paper? Does not have to be in colour.

Kind regards,

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Adam Whitehead 17 August 2021 at 4:45 pm

Hi Riz

Thank you for getting in touch. 230gsm is thick for a laser printer. There are a few Brother Printers who take a maximum of 230gsm, however.
A great option would be the Brother HL-L2350DW
https://www.printerbase.co.uk/brother-hl-l2350dw-printer.html

Hope this helps
Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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Tony 26 September 2021 at 2:05 pm

Hello Adam,
I have a HP Envy 4500 which in the past printed on glossy photo and CD label papers of around 120 to 130g/m2.
If I try now the printer takes the paper in but doesn’t start to print in the same place on the page?
Perhaps I was lucky but can’t do anything other than normal 80g/m2 plain paper anymore.
I am looking to buy something to print some photo’s and CD labels.

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Adam Whitehead 29 September 2021 at 10:04 am

Hi Tony

Thank you for your question. It sounds to me like the Printer needs realigning. This can be done through the printer itself.
If that doesn’t work, please get in touch via LiveChat or our sales team and we can see on assisting you further.

Hope this helps
Thank you
Adam

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Erica 4 November 2021 at 12:17 am

Hi Adam,

Would love your input –
I’m looking for a color laser printer that can handle 200gsm (250gsm if possible) synthetic paper – melting temp of the media is 302F
Image quality is important

Thanks!

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Adam Whitehead 4 November 2021 at 11:58 am

Hi Erica!

Most printers could handle the melting point of your media, but we do always recommend checking compatibility with the media supplier.

However, a recommendation that sounds ideal to you would be the new Oki C650:
https://www.printerbase.co.uk/oki-c650-a4-colour-laser-printer.html

Hope this helps
Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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Dave Newton 5 November 2021 at 10:26 am

Hi Adam I am looking at the Epson eco tank ET-2720 printer would you know if this can print card. I am not sure of the card thickness I buy it in Asda in packs of 20 A4 size and it doesn’t state the thickness.Thanks Dave.

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Adam Whitehead 5 November 2021 at 10:42 am

Hi Dave!

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 can print up to 300gsm. However, this hasn’t been tested on all cardstock.
I can’t say for definite on the ASDA brand media as we don’t know the GSM however, 300gsm is quite thick Media.

Thank you
Adam

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Dave Newton 5 November 2021 at 12:43 pm

Thank you for that Adam. Regards Dave.

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Juanita 8 November 2021 at 12:08 am

Is there a bypass tray for the HP Officejet Pro 9015? I’m trying to print thicker items that just won’t feed from the tray. Any suggestions??

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Adam Whitehead 8 November 2021 at 10:33 am

Hi Juanita

The HP Officejet Pro 9015 can support media up to a maximum of 280gsm from the paper tray. We wouldn’t recommend loading anything thicker than this

Thank you
Adam
The Printerbase Team

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Brad 22 November 2021 at 3:43 pm

Hi Adam,

Can you recommend a laser colour printer that can handle 200 GSM paper?

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Adam Whitehead 23 November 2021 at 5:23 pm

Hi Brad

Most Laser printers can handle 200gsm colour when printing through the bypass tray.

Hope this helps
Thank you
The Printerbase Team

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jen 24 November 2021 at 8:11 am

Hi,
Adam,
Do you know that the Canon E4200 Series and Canon TS300 Series can handle maximum gram paper?

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Adam Whitehead 24 November 2021 at 10:39 am

Hi Jen

These printers take up to 105gsm plain paper. Or supported Canon papers of various weights. They have not been tested using alternative brand photo paper.

Hope this helps
Thank you
The Printerbase Team

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