HP Printer Paper
Let me just say right off that I’m not an HP Printer Paper fan. We had an HP printer that was so problematic that we literally lit it on fire in the back yard with a flamethrower. (Not even an exaggeration. We lit it on *actual fire*.)
So I was dubious about buying anything else HP, to say the least.
This paper, though, has been like a revelation. If a paper could cause the heavens to open up and angels to sing, it would be this paper. It is very smooth, much thicker than you’d expect for a 32# paper, and a gleaming white that scans and prints flawlessly.
I use it for artwork, in addition to regular laser printing. I use carbon ink and a brush to draw things, and with its super-smooth, bright white surface, this paper has been amazing. There’s almost no cockling (wavy, wet-paper buckling), and with most pens and inks, not even any show-through because of the weight. I’ve also used it to make traveler’s notebook inserts, and even with my wettest fountain pens, there’s no show-through, bleeding, or ghosting. It’s pretty much perfect.
My one tiny (and I mean super tiny, barely worth mentioning, but I’m struggling to try to give a complete review here) “complaint” is that flipping through sheets is a little more difficult, since it’s so firm and smooth — turning pages or flipping between sheets one by one can be difficult without moistened fingers. (Also, the risk of paper cut is real — this stuff is thick and vaguely sharp. Like, y’know, *good paper*.) It’s a minor thing, but if you’re prone to papercuts, or you have finger mobility issues, you may want to keep a finger moistener dealiemabobber or a rubber finger cover thingie for collation.
tl;dr — this paper is the Mary Poppins of papers. Practically perfect in every way.Promised Review By Elizabeth Metz