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Colour Laser Printer Test Page

Colour Laser Printer Test Page

Laser Printer Test Page

There are a lot of print quality test pages available and most laser printers have their own one built in as well. However it is very rare I fine one that adequately shows everything I like when giving a printer a quick check-up. So I created my own for us to use in house here at Refresh and thought I would share it with you and explain what each section is designed to check.

The page can be viewed/printed here or alternatively click the thumbnail to the left before right clicking and clicking “Save Image As”. If you are printing directly from your browser be sure that you are fully zoomed into the image before printing so the horizontal lines run the width of the page.

This section should be used for checking that each of these colours are printing without horizontal bands or other inconsistencies and that each colour is an accurate representation of cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Horizontal bands are generally caused by problems with a drum/photoconductor unit. Some printers have these units as seperate consumables and some have them built into each cartridge. If however the colours do not match those listed below it seems the toner cartridge has either been installed into the incorrect slot or has a serious internal problem.

These two “rainbow” squares are designed to detect any alignment problems with the cartridges. From looking at a combination of both squares it should be relatively easy to detect overlap/gaps between the different colours. If some occur I would recommend running any alignment or calibration cycles available to you in your printers software or from the machine itself. Be sure to check the printers user guide if you are unsure how to access one.

The horizontal bars test the cartridges ability to consistently deliver toner and your printer ability to fuse it to paper across the length of the page. Vertical stripes or blurring would normally indicate either a clumping of toner inside the cartridge on/near the roller or (if your machine has one) and issue with the colours drum unit. These bars are also useful to get a good idea of how well each colour is being distributed and fused so be sure to take a good look along the length of the bar for consistent colour.

It is of course unlikely that you will be constantly printing solid colour with your printer so under each of these horizontal bars is provided a line of standard text. This text gives you printer something a little more delicate to be getting on with and should help identify any small breaks or weak patches.

The advice offered in this article is very generic and only covers the most common causes of print quality problems. If you experiencing an issue that is not covered here please contact your supplier, the manufacturer or start a new topic in our Igloo Forum.

I hope you will find this article useful if however you have any suggestions for additions or amendments to this test page please let us know in the comments below.

 

 

About the author

Matthew Stevenson

I have been involved in the printer industry since I was 18 and have been an employee of Refresh Cartridges since early 2009. I am a dedicated family man, gamer, music fan and friend to all. I write the majority of the content here on Igloo and am responsible for its upkeep.

4 comments

  1. Steve

    Trying to avoid ranting in the comment box but I’m trying to help, this test page needs some work. Zoom in on the image and look at the edges of the colour block. Looks like a compression effect that has messed up the image.
    When you’re trying to check printer quality, you really need to know the colour block is meant to be even all over.
    I would suggest re-making this image and saving as ‘high quality’ jpeg, or to be safe, save as a .gif, this will be a smaller file size for this type of image and will not introduce any compression effects.
    FYI, you’re top of google for “printer test page”, so I feel you should take this responsably 🙂

    1. RefreshCarts

      Thanks for bringing this to my attention Steve. I have just re-uploaded the file as a 24 bit PNG file (as really I should have done initially). Your feedback is genuinely appreciated.

  2. clintdiggs

    I read your helpful article and printed the test page because my new generic toner cartridges in my HP CM1415fnw are making poor, dark images. I seem to have two problems. One is that the magenta only fades in from 1" to 1.3" from the side of the page, then is fine. But what may be the bigger problem is that the colors all appear very dark like a true blue, red, and yellow rather than the desirable cyan, magenta, and yellow from your image on my screen. What should I do next?

  3. lou

    Having bought four new ink cartridges and installing them, on printing this i only have blue and pink, not yellow and black stripes, they are all clicked right down, is there any other reason for this please?

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