As was mentioned in previous post, automatic duplex is very handy feature, however your printer may be without that unit.
Even in case if you’re going to buy new printer and you’ve just found right one, with superior quality, good price and all the rest required features, duplex unit may be not available for it. Or it can be very expensive.
Actually manual duplex is not that bad. Not always at least. For large jobs manual duplex can be significantly faster, since one side can be print at full speed.
Here is only one problem, you should be able to flip pages. It may depends on two factors:
Ability to easy put pages from output to input trays. In case if input tray is closed it may be relatively hard to open tray, remove unused paper, put just printed paper sheets, close tray and finally fill it with fresh paper again. Can be very boring.
You should know how to do it. Printer driver can provide instruction of how to flip pages. However most often they looks like puzzle and and you should use all your imagination. For instance:
In the lower-left corner of the Print dialog box, in the Print list, select Odd pages.
After the odd pages are printed, flip the stack of pages over, and then in the Print list, select Even pages.
What does it mean ? How to flip ? That’s the question. Of course printer driver can provide illustrations, and below one the best one.
Quite clear. Text says: “without changing orientation” but paper on the illustration looks like you should turn it. So, should you flip pages or not? In this case you shouldn’t, but again this is not obvious, you always have to think.
Chance that you will make a mistake are very high. As result you may see back page in upside-down or may be even worse. What can be worse? Back page printed on top of front page. In any case result will be unusable.
There is a solution for these problems and it will be explained in my next post.