Multipurpose A4 Paper for Home and Office

Make sure you have a box of A4 before trying to print.

Business man writing on some papers
Whether you’re drawing, writing, or printing, having a box of A4 paper is a must.Unsplash/Scott Graham

While some workplaces pride themselves on being paperless, for many of us, that’s simply not an option—we need to photocopy or print out all manner of materials, from handouts and presentations to tickets and boarding cards. Bulk-buying multipacks makes sense, but not all A4 paper is equal. Here’s what to look for when ordering a stack.

Xerox Performer Paper A4 80gsm White 003R90649 Pack of 5 Reams

Uncoated and Multipurpose Supply

This uncoated variety has no surface glare, which makes it ideal for prints with a lot of text. The lack of coating makes it the most porous, and good for smudge-free lettering.Xerox

While all A4 paper has the same dimensions in terms of height and width, thickness and weight vary, depending on the make and price. Gsm stands for grams per square metre—the higher the gsm, the thicker the paper. Papers weighing below 80gsm are lightweight, but, if heavily used in printers, can be the source of paper jams. If you’re going to be doing intensive printing, it’s best to stick to paper of 80gsm.

AmazonBasics Multipurpose Copy Paper A4 75gsm, 5x500 Sheets, White

Environmentally Conscious

Thinner and lighter than some other options, but still offering real whiteness, this pack is produced with sustainability in mind, using less energy, water and chemicals, and producing less waste.AmazonBasics

Paper also varies in terms of coating, from uncoated to matte and gloss. Uncoated is good for printing materials with a lot of text, matte looks slightly more upmarket and polished, while gloss is good for presentations and professional marketing materials that use full color images.

Canon Black Label Premium FSC A4 80gsm (5 x pack 500 sheets) White Copier, Laser, Inkjet Paper

Non-Smear Matte Finish

This slightly thicker, heavier, higher-end choice comes with a matte finish, making it smoother than an uncoated sheet, but without being glossy or having glare. Pen ink will not smudge on it either.Canon

Sustainability is key for many customers these days, and paper that is 100% or predominantly recycled is popular. However, be sure to check the colour and shade of the paper before you buy—some recycled papers are more of a parchment colour than the bright white which may be demanded for presentations or professional purposes.

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