ID Card Printers : Which is right for me?

The ID Card printer market is becoming increasingly versatile; long gone are the days of a simple photo ID Card with a name and ID number. Today it’s all about magstripes, barcodes and smart chips. With so many brands and models of printers to choose from, it can often seem like a daunting task to find the right one. So, to help you, we’re going to break down some of the most popular models; outline their features and explain why they’re so popular.

Smart 51S Printer

The Smart range of printers are a firm favorite of ours at CardLogic due to their outstanding reliability and value for money.

The 51S is a thermal transfer a.k.a. direct-to-card printer. This printing method allows for very fast print speeds. Quality is paramount when printing ID Cards and this printer offers 300DPI (Dots per inch) print capabilites and edge to edge printing.

One of the great things about this machine is how easy it is to upgrade. It can easily be upgraded with a flipper to enable dual-sided printing; it can be upgraded to allow magnetic encoding; and it can also be upgraded to allow smart encoding. So, its a great place to start and if your printing needs change, you can easily upgrade your setup to suit.

Who should use it?

This ID printer is a great all rounder and can be used for many applications. We have supplied these to small businesses, membership clubs, schools and government bodies to take care of their id printing.

  • Very Fast
  • Cost Effective
  • Simple to use

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Datacard SD360 Printer

Datacard are a long-established player in the plastic card game and have built a very strong reputation over the years.

The Datacard SD360 card printer is a fantastic all-rounder making it ideal for many ID card printing solutions. But, where this printer truly shines is in its print speeds. This printer can print up to 33% faster than comparable models in its class. So, if you need ID Cards; and you need them fast. This is the machine for you.

Who should use it?

If you have a lot of printing to do, then you won’t go far wrong with this machine. It’s speed and quality make one of the best all-round ID printers on the market.

Simply set up and go: with its intuitive nature, you can be set up and ready to print within the hour.

  • Lightning Fast Speeds
  • Dual-sided Printinng
  • Great Value For Money

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Evolis Primacy Printer

If you need flexibility, then the primacy is the printer you need. Ideal for mid-volume prints, this id printer is simple to use, easily upgraded and eye-catching to boot.

A very popular model, the primacy offers a cheap solution for a wide variety of printing needs. With lots of upgrade options, the printer capabilities can grow as your printing needs do.

Who should use it?

If you’re new to ID card printing this is a good place to start. The primacy is so easy to use and easily upgradeable so is a fantastic starting point.

  • Fast Speeds
  • Easily Upgraded
  • Cheap ID Card Printer