What home printer would allow for exact alignment of front and back?

Note: I’m not a graphic designer, but this seemed like the most relevant place to post. Feel free to send me off somewhere else if I’m not in the right place.

I would like to make some notebooks with double-sided grid paper that I’ve already designed, but my printer seems like it doesn’t allow for absolutely exact alignment. Even if one side prints nice and straight, the other side will be slightly skewed left to right by one to two millimeters, which I read from an earlier post is a pretty reasonable variance for a home printer. So I suspect it’s not possible to get both sides completely aligned on this printer – but if I’m wrong, please let me know how.

What kind of printer would allow for absolutely exact alignment? Is there any difference between inkjet and laser in this regard, or a more expensive printer versus a cheaper one?

Answer

None.

End user printers are not designed for perfect registrations. None of them. It should always be expected that paper will shift and move slightly and never be pulled through the printer in the exact same way twice. This even includes printers specifically designed for duplex printing. The nature of sheetfed laser or inkjets just does not allow for exact paper feed every time.

The only way to ensure proper registration is to get things printed via a commercial print provider.

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