Our Magicard photo ID systems conveniently bundle Magicard ID card printers with software, a camera, and all the supplies you need to start printing credentials. In addition to taking the guesswork out of ID card printer shopping, our pre-bundled systems are more affordable than if you were to individually purchase everything included. Shop Magicard photo ID systems by printer capability or model, available with single-sided or dual-sided card printing. Many of our Magicard system printers offer features like encoding or lamination, or offer these as field upgrades.
Have questions about Magicard ID systems? We have answers!
Why choose a Magicard ID system?
Our Magicard ID systems provide everything you need to quickly and easily get your card printing program up and running. While Magicard printers can be purchased as stand-alone pieces of equipment, the printers do not come with all of the necessary supplies to begin making cards. It's very important, especially for first-time card printer users, to also get the supplies necessary for card production.
Our bundled systems contain supplies and equipment that seamlessly work together. Most Magicard systems include a printer, software, ribbon, camera, and cards. Plus, each system can easily be customized to varying needs. For example, you can change the type of card, add printer features (such as encoding), upgrade to a more advanced ID camera or ID software, and add an extended warranty and/or loaner coverage.
Not only can a system make your purchase decision easier, it is also easy on the pocketbook. Buying a bundled Magicard ID system costs less than if the items were purchased individually! ID systems are a convenient and economical way to establish a card printing program at your organization.
What's the difference between a single-sided and a dual-sided Magicard ID system?
Simply put, a single-sided system prints on one side of your cards and a dual-sided printer prints on both sides of your cards in one process.
Choose a single-sided Magicard system if you will be creating ID cards with limited cardholder information. On the other hand, if you want the front of your cards to remain clean and uncluttered, choose a dual-sided Magicard system. Printing some of your card-holder info on the back of your cards will keep the front of your cards looking their best while freeing up more printing real estate for additional cardholder info!
Unsure what your future holds? The single-sided Magicard Enduro, Enduro3E LE, Rio Pro and Rio Pro LE systems can be easily upgraded to two-sided printing with a duplex upgrade kit. The simple drop-in kit contains a special roll of YMCKOK film that is recognized by the Enduro and Rio Pro to instantly enable two-sided card printing. This industry-first upgrade technology requires no additional hardware or tools; just drop in the kit and your printer will do the rest!
If you are unsure whether your needs may change in the future, or perhaps you may be planning to expand how your cards will be used, we recommend shopping for a Magicard printer that offers easy upgrade options when you'll need them.
What is HoloKote Technology?
HoloKote is an exclusive feature available only from Magicard that allows you to print a secure watermark design onto your ID cards without any added costs.
Applied to cards during the normal card printing cycle, HoloKote watermarking technology uses the "O" panel of a standard color ribbon. That means that there is no need to purchase expensive holographic overlaminate or to upgrade to a lamination-capable printer model to achieve advanced visual security for your IDs!
HoloKote watermarks are holographic and become visible when the card is viewed at an angle. This difficult-to-reproduce security feature can easily be enabled and disabled via printer driver.
Most Magicard printers include four standard designs. Our Limited Edition Magicard printers, the Rio Pro LE and Enduro3E LE, feature three of the four standard designs, plus an exclusive limited edition HoloFlex design, and the Rio Pro LE also includes a voucher for a FREE custom HoloKote or HoloFlex (up to a $650 value!) - the ultimate in visual card security.
What is a retransfer system?
Many experienced card printer users are familiar with the white border that direct-to-card printers leave around the edge of cards. Retransfer printers, on the other hand, produce "over-the-edge" prints that cover the entire surface of your cards.
Direct-to-card printers print directly to the surface of cards. Any uneven surface of a card--including coming in contact with the edge of a card--can cause expensive printhead damage.
Retransfer printers, like the Helix and the Magicard Prima 4, print your card image to a clear retransfer film that is then fused onto the surface of the card. With this process, the printhead does not come in direct contact with your card, allowing you to print over the edge of your cards and to a wider variety of card surfaces including proximity cards, smart cards, pre-punched cards and key tag cards. Another benefit: retransfer printers produce imagery with rich, vibrant, saturated colors.