Choosing The Right Paper Tray To Print From

laser printer paper trays

Printers may vary in the way that they feed paper, such as rear feed printers, front loading printers and printers with multiple paper trays. As a printer can include multiple paper trays which can handle different media types and weights, it is important to choose the right paper tray to print from.

Rear feed printers

A rear feeding printer can be between a rear feed inkjet printer which would feed in multiple pages from an upright tray at the back of the printer or a laser printer with a speciality media feed such as a bypass tray. The main purpose of a rear feed in a laser printer, would be to handle thicker media types such as card or photograph paper and often label media types. A bypass tray is a similar alternative to a rear feed, which will allow the speciality media to travel through the printer without as much bending. This can often be referred to as a straight paper path, here are a few examples of laser printers with a bypass tray:

Xerox Workcentre 3345DNi

Xerox Workcentre 3345DNi

This A4 mono multifunction laser printer features the ability to print at high speeds up to 40ppm and features USB, network and wireless capability. The Xerox 3345DNi includes a 250-sheet input tray and a 50-sheet bypass tray as standard, but the total paper handling capacity can be increased to a maximum of 850 sheets with an additional 550-sheet input tray.

  • – 220gsm Maximum Paper Weight
  • – Automatic Double-Sided Printing
  • – 250-Sheet Input Tray (Paper Types Supported: Archive, Bond, Card Stock, Heavyweight, Lightweight, Plain and Recycled – Up to 163gsm)
  • – 50-Sheet Bypass Tray (Paper Types Supported: Archive, Bond, Card Stock, Envelopes, Heavyweight, Labels, Lightweight, Plain, Pre-printed, Recycled and Transparencies – Up to 220gsm)

 

Lexmark CS517de

Lexmark CS517de

The Lexmark CS517de A4 colour laser printer is capable of printing high resolution documents up to 1,200 x 1,200 dpi with excellent colour consistency with Pantone calibration. This quick Lexmark machine has a 250-sheet input tray and a single sheet manual feed for speciality media types.

  • – 250 Sheet Input Tray (Paper Types Supported: Paper Labels, Card Stock, Plain Paper and Transparencies)
  • – Single Sheet Manual Feed
  • – 175gsm Maximum Paper Weight
  • – Supports A4, Legal, A5, Letter, Executive, Universal, Folio, Oficio and JIS-B5 Media Sizes

 

Samsung ProXpress M3820ND

Samsung ProXpress M3820ND

The Samsung ProXpress M3820ND is an A4 mono laser printer with multiple paper trays, a 250-sheet input tray and a 50-sheet multipurpose tray. This fast mono printer can reach up to 38 prints per minute and can print its first page in as little at 6.5 seconds.

  • – Automatic Double-Sided Printing
  • – 250 Sheet Input Tray (Paper Types Supported: Plain, Thin, Recycled, Thick, Archive, Bond, Cardstock)
  • – 50 Sheet Multipurpose Tray (Paper Types Supported: Plain, Thin, Bond, Punched, Pre-printed, Recycled, Envelope, Transparency, Label, Cardstock, Letterhead, Thick, Cotton, Coloured, Archive and Thicker)
  • – 220gsm Maximum Paper Weight

 

Xerox VersaLink C405DN

Xerox VersaLink C405DN

An impressive A4 colour multifunction laser printer, the Xerox VersaLink C405DN is fast, versatile and highly capable. With it’s standard 550-sheet input tray combined with a 150-sheet bypass tray, this machine will never leave you without options.

  • – 550 Sheet Input Tray (Paper Types Supported: Plain, Lightweight Cardstock, Cardstock, Hole Punched, Recycled, Pre-Printed, Letterhead, Bond, Lightweight Glossy Cardstock and Glossy Cardstock – Up to 220gsm)
  • – 150 Sheet Bypass Tray (Paper Types Supported: Plain, Lightweight Cardstock, Cardstock, Hole Punched, Recycled, Pre-Printed, Letterhead, Bond, Lightweight Glossy Cardstock, Glossy Cardstock, Labels, Envelopes – Up to 220gsm)
  • – Automatic Double-Sided Printing
  • – 220gsm Maximum Paper Weight

 

Front loading printers

A front loading printer is the most common form of laser printer, the media tray or cassette will usually be located at the bottom of the printer and will feed the media in from the front. Some front loading printers may also have multiple input trays such as a 250 sheet paper tray and a 100 sheet multipurpose tray. Each tray may have the ability to handle different media types, sizes and weights.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C5710DWF

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C5710DWF

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C5710DWF is a front loading A4 colour multifunction inkjet printer with multiple paper trays. Small in size but built for productivity with print speeds as fast as 34ppm and high-quality print resolutions up to 4,800 x 1,200 dpi.

  • – 250 Sheet Input Tray (Paper Types Supported: Plain Paper, Recycled Paper, Colour Paper and Letterhead – Up to 160gsm)
  • – 80 Sheet Multipurpose Tray (Paper Types Supported: Plain Paper, Recycled Paper, Colour Paper and Letterhead – Up to 256gsm)
  • – 256gsm Maximum Paper Weight
  • – Rear Paper Path

 

OKI B432dn

OKI B432dn

The OKI B432dn can reach print speeds up to 40ppm with it’s first page printed as quickly as 4.5 seconds. This front loading A4 mono LED laser printer features automatic double-sided printing, a 250-sheet input tray and a 100-sheet multipurpose tray as standard.

  • – Automatic Double-Sided Printing
  • – 163gsm Maximum Paper Weight
  • – 100 Sheet Multipurpose Tray (Media Sizes Supported: A4, A5, B5(JIS), A6, Letter, Legal
  • – 13, Legal 14, Executive, Statement, Envelopes: Monarch, Com9, Com-10, DL, C5, C6, 4 x 6”, 5 x 7” – Up to 163gsm)
  • – 250 Sheet Input Tray (Media Sizes Supported: A4, A5, B5(JIS), A6, Letter, Legal 13, Legal 14, Executive, Statement – Up to 120gsm)

 

Lexmark CX417de

 Lexmark CX417de

Offering up to 30ppm mono and colour print speeds along with the combination of a 250-sheet input plus a single-sheet manual feed, the Lexmark CX417de won’t leave you waiting. This front loading printer also features both a USB and a network interface with advanced security features such as confidential printing.

  • – Single-Sheet Manual Feed
  • – 250 Sheet Input Tray
  • – 176gsm Maximum Paper Weight
  • – Supports A4, A5, Executive, Folio, JIS-B5, Legal, Letter, Universal, Oficio Media Sizes

 

Kyocera ECOSYS P2040dn

Kyocera ECOSYS P2040dn

The front loading Kyocera ECOSYS P2040dn is an NHS prescription approved mono laser printer with USB and network capability. It can also print up to 40 mono pages per minute with it’s first page out in as fast as 6 seconds.

  • – Automatic Double-Sided Printing
  • – 100 Sheet Multipurpose Tray (Media Sizes Supported: A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, Letter, Legal and Custom: 70 x 148mm to 216 x 356mm – Up to 220gsm)
  • – 250 Sheet Input Tray (Media Sizes Supported: A4, A5, A6, B5, Letter, Legal, and Custom: 105 x 148mm to 216 x 356mm – Up to 163gsm)
  • – 220gsm Maximum Paper Weight

 

Which paper tray to choose?

If you have a printer with more than one tray, you may need to decide which tray to print from. Choosing the right tray or feed will depend on what media you are using, for example some multipurpose trays will allow envelopes, labels and often heavier media. Media types and trays can be accessed within a printer’s driver settings, this will enable you to select which tray to print from. Here is a quick and easy guide to selecting the correct paper tray or feed when printing, our example uses the Xerox VersaLink C405 driver.

  1. Step 1 – Open your document and select ‘Print’.
  2. Step 2 – Select the printer and then select ‘Printer Properties’.
  3. Step 3 – Within the driver settings, find ‘Paper Settings’.
  4. Step 4 – Select desired tray. (Image shows 2 options; Tray 1 and Bypass Tray.)
  5. Step 5 – Change any other desired settings such as paper type and size.
  6. Step 6 – Send your document to print.