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Tom's Hardware Benchmarks Inkjet Printer Paper!
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Our paper benchmarks are overkill, but they're the only way to highlight the differences in print quality. When it comes to color reproduction, the perceptual difference (Windows 7 default) between HP's Bright White (largest gamut) and Brother's Multipurpose (smallest gamut) paper is minor.

Perceptual Color Gamut Difference: Brother Multipurpose, Standard QualityPerceptual Color Gamut Difference: Brother Multipurpose, Standard Quality

Perceptual Color Gamut Difference: HP Bright White, Standard QualityPerceptual Color Gamut Difference: HP Bright White, Standard Quality

However, this isn't only about color. Other factors like price and paper absorbency matter just as much. According to the EPA, the average office worker uses about 10 000 sheets of paper (20 reams) per year. Students and professionals working from home probably use far less paper. On the other hand, if you're in pre-med or law school, 10 000 sheets of paper might seem realistic.

Price$6.99
$4.99$8.99$10.99$6.99$8.99
BrandBrotherDynexEpsonHPHPKodak
TypeMultipurposeMultipurposeBright WhiteBright WhiteMultipurpose
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The difference between these six reams is not significant enough to cause a printed bar code to be unreadable, but paper is still an integral part of our lives. We print family photos, legal documents, bills, rebates, and school papers. Why not buy the best value that also yields optimal results?

When it comes to printing on an inkjet, we recommend HP's Multipurpose Paper for everyday use. Even though it doesn't yield the best color gamut, the difference between it and other papers is subtle. However, it does allow less bleed-through, which means you won't get curling from over-saturating the paper when you print on both sides. In addition, we generally see sharp color borders and text production. This paper will work well, whether you need to print photos or long essays.

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