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HP Color LaserJet 5500 and 5550 Series Printers - Paper and Print Media Specifications

Introduction

For optimum printing results, use conventional 75 g/m2 to 90 g/m2 (20 to 24 lb) photocopy paper. Verify that the paper is of good quality and that it is free of cuts, nicks, tears, spots, loose particles, dust, wrinkles, curls, or bent edges.

Normally, paper is loaded long-side first into the printer. This is the preferred orientation because it allows for longer consumable life and increased printer speed. However, some paper sizes can be loaded short-side first. This orientation is called rotated. Paper that can be fed into the printer using the rotated, short-side first orientation have “-R” after the paper size. These paper sizes are: Letter-R, A4-R, A5-R, and B5-R.

Tray 1 supported paper weights and sizes

Paper/print media
Dimensions
Weight or thickness
Capacity
Standard size paper/cardstock
Letter/A4, Legal, Executive, JIS B5, B5-R, A5, A5-R, 11 x 17* , A3
60 to 200 g/m2 (16 to 53 lb bond)
100 sheets (75 g/m2 ; 20 lb bond)
Minimum size paper/cardstock
76 x 127 mm (3 x 5 inches)
60 to 200 g/m2 (16 to 53 lb bond)
100 sheets (75 g/m2 ; 20 lb bond)
Maximum size paper/cardstock
312 x 470 mm (12.3 x 18.5 inches)
60 to 200 g/m2 (16 to 53 lb bond)
100 sheets (75 g/m2 ; 20 lb bond)
Standard size glossy paper
Letter/A4, Letter-R, A4-R, Legal, Executive, JIS B5, B5-R, A5, A5R, 11 x 17, A3
75 to 163 g/m2 (20 to 43 lb bond)
Maximum stack height: 10 mm (0.4 inches)
Minimum size glossy paper
76 x 127 mm (3 x 5 inches)
75 to 163 g/m2 (20 to 43 lb bond)
Maximum stack height: 10 mm (0.4 inches)
Maximum size glossy paper
312 x 470 mm (12.3 x 18.5 inches)
75 to 163 g/m2 (20 to 43 lb bond)
Maximum stack height: 10 mm (0.4 inches)
Standard size transparencies
Letter/A4, Letter-R, A4-R, Legal, Executive, JIS B5, B5-R, A5, A5-R, 11 x 17, A3
0.12 to 0.13 mm thick (4.7 to 5.5 mils thick)
Maximum stack height: 10 mm (0.4 inches)
Minimum size transparencies
76 x 127 mm (3 x 5 inches)
0.12 to 0.13 mm thick (4.7 to 5.5 mils thick)
Maximum stack height: 10 mm (0.4 inches)
Maximum size transparencies
312 x 470 mm (12.3 x 18.5 inches)
0.12 to 0.13 mm thick (4.7 to 5.5 mils thick)
Maximum stack height: 10 mm (0.4 inches)
Standard size tough paper
Letter/A4, Letter-R, A4-R, Legal, Executive, JIS B5, B5-R, A5, A5-R, 11 x 17, A3
0.10 to 0.13 mm thick (4 to 5 mils thick)
Maximum stack height: 10 mm (0.4 inches)
Minimum size tough paper
76 x 127 mm (3 x 5 inches)
0.10 to 0.13 mm thick (4 to 5 mils thick)
Maximum stack height: 10 mm (0.4 inches)
Maximum size tough paper
312 x 470 mm (12.3 x 18.5 inches)
0.10 to 0.13 mm thick (4 to 5 mils thick)
Maximum stack height: 10 mm (0.4 inches)
Envelope
Commercial 10, Monarch, C5, DL, B5
75 to 105 g/m2 (20 to 28 lb bond)
20 envelopes (10 mils thick)
Standard size label
Letter/A4, Letter-R, A4-R, Legal, Executive, JIS B5, B5-R, A5, A5-R, 11 x 17, A3
Maximum stack height: 10 mm (0.4 inches)
Minimum size label
76 x 127 mm (3 x 5 inches)
Maximum stack height: 10 mm (0.4 inches)
Maximum size label
312 x 470 mm (12.3 x 18.5 inches)
Maximum stack height: 10 mm (0.4 inches)

* 11 x 17, Ledger, and Tabloid sizes are all the same size.

NOTE: The following table lists the standard sizes of paper that the printer can automatically detect when loaded in Tray 2 and optional Trays 3 and 4. The printer will also accept standard, non-detectable sizes in addition to the standard, detectable sizes listed in the table.

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Tray 2 and optional Trays 3 and 4 supported weight and paper sizes*

Paper/print media
Dimensions
Weight or thickness
Capacity
Standard size paper
Letter/A4, Letter-R, A4-R, Legal, Executive, JIS B5, B5-R, A5, A5-R, 11 x 17, A3
60 to 163 g/m2 (16 to 43 lb bond)
500 sheets (75 g/m2 ; 20 lb bond)
Minimum size paper
148 x 210 mm (5.8 x 8.3 inches)
60 to 163 g/m2 (16 to 43 lb bond)
500 sheets (75 g/m2 ; 20 lb bond)
Maximum size paper
297 x 432 mm (11.7 x 17 inches)
60 to 163 g/m2 (16 to 43 lb bond)
100 sheets (75 g/m2 ; 20 lb bond)
Standard size glossy paper
Letter/A4, Letter-R, A4-R, Legal, Executive, JIS B5, B5-R, A5, A5-R, 11 x 17, A3
75 to 163 g/m2 (20 to 43 lb bond)
200 sheets
Minimum size glossy paper
148 x 210 mm (5.8 x 8.3 inches)
60 to 163 g/m2 (16 to 43 lb bond)
200 sheets
Maximum size glossy paper
297 x 432 mm (11.7 x 17 in)
60 to 163 g/m 2 (16 to 43 lb bond)
200 sheets
Standard size label
Letter/A4, Letter-R, A4-R, Legal, Executive, JIS B5, B5-R, A5, A5-R, 11 x 17, A3
Maximum stack height: 50 mm (2 inches)
Minimum size label
148 x 210 mm (5.8 x 8.3 inches)
Maximum stack height: 10 mm (0.4 inches)
Maximum size label
297 x 432 mm (11.7 x 17 inches)
Maximum stack height: 10 mm (0.4 inches)
Transparencies
Letter/A4, Letter-R, A4-R, Legal, Executive, JIS B5, B5-R, A5, A5-R, 11 x 17, A3
0.12 to 0.13 mm thick (4.7 to 5.5 mils thick)
100 sheets (0.13 mm thick; 5.5 mils thick)
Standard tough paper
Letter/A4, Letter-R, A4-R, Legal, Executive, JIS B5, B5-R, A5, A5-R, 11 x 17, A3
0.10 to 0.13 mm thick (4 to 5 mils thick)
100 sheets (0.13 mm thick; 5.5 mils thick)
Minimum size tough paper
148 x 210 mm (5.8 x 8.3 inches)
0.10 to 0.13 mm thick (4 to 5 mils thick)
100 sheets (0.13 mm thick; 5.5 mils thick)
Maximum size tough paper
297 x 432 mm (11.7 x 17 inches)
0.10 to 0.13 mm thick (4 to 5 mils thick)
100 sheets (0.13 mm thick; 5.5 mils thick)

* Trays 2, 3, and 4 use “Custom” size specifically for B5 ISO. Trays 2, 3, and 4 do not support the range of custom sizes available in Tray 1.

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Automatic two-sided (duplex) printing* supported paper weights and sizes

Paper/print media
Dimensions
Weight or thickness
Capacity
Standard size paper
Letter/A4, A3, Legal, Executive, JIS B5, A5, 11 x 17
60 to 120 g/m2 (16 to 32 lb bond)

* The printer automatically prints on paper weights up to 163 gm2 . However, automatic two-sided (duplex) printing on weights above the maximum value noted in this table can produce unexpected results.

NOTE: Automatic two-sided (duplex) printing does not support rotated (short-edge first) orientation.

Manual two-sided (duplex) printing

Some printer models do not support automatic two-sided (duplex) printing. However, it is possible to print on both sides of a page using manual two-sided printing. Any of the supported paper sizes listed for printing from Tray 1 can be used for two-sided printing. To manually print on both sides, use the instructions below:

  1. Print all of the even-numbered pages first. (Many software applications have an option to print only odd or even pages.)

  2. Remove the printed pages from the printer. If the print job has an odd number of pages, add a blank piece of paper to the bottom of the stack.

  3. In the software application or in the printer driver, select Manual Feed as the paper source.

  4. In the printer driver, select the option to Manually Print on 2nd Side .

    • In PCL drivers, this option is found on the Finishing tab under Print Quality Details .

    • In the PostScript(R) driver, this option is found in the Document Defaults section under the Advanced settings.

  5. In the software application, select the option to print all the odd-numbered pages, and click Print . When the printer’s control panel displays MANUALLY FEED, insert the stack of paper into Tray 1 in one of the following orientations.

    • For portrait orientation with long-edge (book) binding, place the stack with the previously printed side facing up and the top edge of the pages feeding into the printer first.

    • For portrait orientation with short-edge (calendar) binding, place the stack with the previously printed side facing up and the bottom edge of the pages feeding into the printer first.

    • For landscape orientation with long-edge (calendar) binding, place the stack with the previously printed side facing up and the top edge of the pages to the left, facing the printer.

    • For landscape orientation with short-edge (book) binding, place the stack with the previously printed side facing up and the top edge of the pages to the right, facing the printer.

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