Top 20 ID Card Printers of 2022

Top 20 ID Card Printers of 2022

Are you searching for the best ID card printing technology for your business? With such a wide selection of models to choose from, it can be hard to pinpoint what is the best ID card printer for the job.

Our top 20 list picks out the finest models available in 2021. These highly adaptable printers feature the most cutting-edge technology and the latest security features.

In recent times, ID printers have become even more affordable for businesses large and small. Increasingly, they are also giving organisations the flexibility to upgrade features of their machine as their needs for ID cards change and grow.

Because no individual’s requirements are the exact same, we’ve rounded up our top 5 printers for four key categories. This will make it even easier for you to find the right ID printer for your business.

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Budget ID Printers – Need to source a card printer on a tight budget? Look no further than our top five list of entry level models, which will deliver the biggest bang for your buck.

High Security ID Printers – Is the security of your ID cards a key requirement for your company? These sophisticated machines will best protect your cards and data against the risk of fraud.

High Volume ID Printers – These speedy printers are the best choice for organisations who frequently produce a large amount of ID cards.

New ID Printers – You can be assured that these cutting-edge printer models offer the very latest ID printing technology. Browse our top 5 picks.

The Best Budget ID Card Printers

1. Zebra ZC100

Price:

£610 (EX VAT)

Zebra ZC100

Key stats:

  • Direct-to-card single sided printer
  • Prints 150 colour cards / 700 monochrome cards per hour
  • USB, ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity

Best features:

    • Ultra-slim design that fits anywhere
    • Easy to set up with no configuration required
    • Simple user interface makes printing a breeze

 

2. Evolis Zenius

Price:

£780 (EX VAT)

Evolis Zenius

Key stats:

  • Direct-to-card single sided printer
  • Prints 150 colour cards / 450 monochrome cards per hour
  • USB and ethernet connectivity

Best features:

  • Compatible with Mac and Windows operating systems
  • Automatic or manual feeding
  • 3-year warranty included as standard

 

3. HID Fargo DTC1250e

Price:

£695 (EX VAT)

HID Fargo DTC1250e

Key stats:

  • Direct-to-card single sided printer
  • Prints 150 colour cards / 600 monochrome cards per hour
  • USB and ethernet connectivity

Best features:

  • A wide range of add-on features available such as dual sided printing and WiFi
  • Energy efficient performance with a GreenCircle certification
  • 3 year warranty included as standard

 

4. Entrust Sigma DS1

Price:

£705 (EX VAT)

Entrust Sigma DS1

Key stats:

  • Direct-to-card single sided printer
  • Prints 175 colour cards per hour
  • USB connectivity

Best features:

  • Secure boot up and data encryption
  • Sleek design with variable light LED ring
  • 3-year warranty included as standard

 

5. Matica XID8100

Price:

£2,295 (EX VAT)

Matica XID 8100

 

Key stats:

  • Entry level single sided retransfer ID printer
  • Print over the edge designs on plastic cards
  • Capacity to print 100 colour cards per hour

Best features:

  • Prints on a wide range of materials (including PVC, ABS, PET)
  • Large 100 card output and 200 card input hoppers
  • 2-year warranty included as standard

The Best High Security ID Card Printers

6. Matica MC660

Price:

£3,995 (EX VAT)

Matica Mc660

Key stats:

  • HD retransfer single sided card printer with built-in laminator
  • Premium 600 DPI print quality gives you the ability to print micro text
  • An industry leading retransfer printing speed of 170 cards per hour

Best features:

  • Extra visual security with holographic watermarks and UV elements
  • Giant capacity with a 250-card input and output hopper, suitable for all card types
  • 3-year warranty and lifetime printer head warranty

 

7. Zebra ZC350

Price:

£805 (EX VAT)

Zebra ZC350

Key facts:

  • Dual sided edge-to-edge card printer
  • Prints 150 colour cards and 500 monochrome cards per hour
  • 300 DPI print quality

Best features:

  • Government grade encryption and visual security elements printing
  • A range of encoding options for contact, contactless and magnetic stripe cards
  • Supports speciality print ribbons for card effects such as colour shifting graphics

 

8. Matica MC310 & MC-L2 Lamination Module

Price:

£3,448 (£995 for ID Printer and £2,493 for laminator - EX VAT)

Matica MC310

Key stats:

  • Single sided direct to card ID printer with built-in UV and watermark technology
  • Prints 180 colour cards and 850 monochrome cards per hour
  • Use Matica YMCKSc security ribbons to print extra visual security elements

Best features:

  • Easy integration with MC-L2 for enhanced security and card longevity
  • Easily upgrade to dual sided, WiFi connectivity and smart card encoding
  • The printer comes with a 4-year warranty as standard

 

9. Matica XID8600

Price:

£3,995 (EX VAT)

XID 8600

Key stats:

  • HD dual sided retransfer ID printer
  • Extremely high resolution 600 DPI print quality
  • Prints up to 120 cards per hour (single-sided)

Best features:

  • Easily configurable for any module such as smart code encoding
  • Advanced security with electronic and Kensington locks and IPsec data encryption 
  • High resolution supports printing of micro text and other sophisticated graphics

 

10. Matica MC-L Stand Alone Card Laminator

Price:

£2,195 (EX VAT)

Matica MC-L Card Laminator

Key stats:

  • Single sided or dual sided laminator
  • Prints up to 150 cards per hour (single-sided)
  • Quick heating process laminates both sides of cards in less than 20 seconds

Best features:

  • Provides an extra layer of security with holographic laminates
  • Physical security with Kensington lock and hopper locks
  • The lamination process extends the durability of ID cards

 

The Best High Volume ID Card Printers

11. Matica MC660

Price:

£3,995 (EX VAT)

Matica MC660

Key stats:

  • An industry best retransfer printing speed of 170 cards per hour
  • High definition retransfer single sided card printer with laminator
  • Premium 600 DPI print quality

Best features:

  • Giant capacity with space for 250 cards in both the input and output hoppers
  • Extra visual security with holographic watermarks and UV elements
  • 3-year warranty and lifetime print head warranty

 

12. Matica XID 8300

Price:

£2,595 (EX VAT)

Matica XID8300

Key stats:

  • Capacity to print 120 colour cards per hour
  • Matica’s best selling retransfer ID printer
  • Print over the edge designs on plastic cards

Best features:

  • Large 100 card output and 200 card input hoppers
  • Prints on a wide range of materials (including PVC, ABS, PET)
  • A 3-year warranty and lifetime print head warranty

 

13. Dascom DC-3300

Price:

£833 (EX VAT)

DC 3300

Key stats:

  • Direct to card single sided ID card printer
  • Prints 220 colour cards and 1,000 monochrome cards per hour
  • A 100 card input hopper and 30 card output hopper

Best features:

  • USB and ethernet connectivity
  • Manual and auto card feeders
  • RFID ribbon and custom watermarks security features

 

14. Zebra ZXP 7 Series

Price:

£1250 (EX VAT)

zxp 7 series

Key stats:

  • Direct to card single sided ID card printer
  • Prints 300 colour and 1,375 monochrome cards per hour (single sided)
  • A 200 card input hopper, 100 card output hopper and 15 card reject hopper

Best features:

  • Very fast print speeds with reduced wait time and improved productivity
  • USB and ethernet connectivity
  • Fitted with a Kensington physical lock slot

 

15. Evolis Primacy

Price:

£883 (EX VAT)

Evolis Primacy

Key stats:

  • Direct to card single sided ID card printer
  • Prints 225 colour and 900 monochrome cards per hour (single sided)
  • A 100 card input hopper, 100 card output hopper, plus 50 card reject hopper

Best features: 

  • Easily upgradable with additional lamination module and encoders
  • Prints on a wide range of cards including PVC, PET and ABS
  • 3-year warranty and lifetime printer head warranty

 

The Best New ID Card Printers 2022

16. Matica MC310

Price:

£995 (EX VAT)

Matica MC310

Key stats:

  • Single sided direct to card ID printer with built-in UV and watermark technology
  • Prints 180 colour cards and 850 monochrome cards per hour
  • Use Matica YMCKSc security ribbons to print extra visual security elements

Best features:

  • Easily upgradable so your hardware is futureproofed for potential growth
  • Great print quality and very simple to use, straight out of the box
  • This ultra-reliable printer comes with a 4-year warranty as standard

 

17. HID Fargo INK1000

Price:

£950 (EX VAT)

HID Fargo Ink1000

Key stats:

  • Single sided direct to card ID printer
  • Prints up to 100 colour cards per hour
  • Uses Drop On Demand (DOD) inks instead of ribbons to reduce wastage

Best features:

  • Brings card designs to life with a sharp 600dpi x 1200 dpi resolution
  • Very simple to set up and use, straight out of the box
  • Snap in cartridges eliminate the hassle and wastage of ribbon panels

 

18. Zebra ZC300

Price:

From £730 (EX VAT)

Zebra ZC300

Key stats:

  • Single or dual sided edge-to-edge card printer
  • Prints 140 colour cards and 900 monochrome cards per hour (single sided)
  • An input and output hopper capacity of 100 cards

Best features:

  • Intuitive interface and easy to change ribbons
  • A practical “fits anywhere” slimline design
  • A range of encoding options for contact, contactless and magnetic stripe cards

 

19. Entrust Sigma DS2

Price:

£874 (EX VAT)

Entrust Sigma DS2

Key stats:

  • Direct-to-card single sided printer
  • Prints up to 225 colour cards per hour
  • USB connectivity

Best features:

  • Secure boot up and data encryption
  • The ability to issue a physical card and digital ID simultaneously
  • 3-year warranty included as standard

 

20. Dascom DC-7600

Price:

£3,146 (EX VAT)

Dascom 7600

Key stats:

  • Dual sided, over the edge retransfer card printer
  • Prints 144 colour cards (single sided) and 65 colour cards (dual sided) per hour
  • Ultra-sharp 600 DPI image quality

Best features:

  • The print quality is immense with photo quality 600 DPI imagery
  • High-capacity input hopper with space for 250 ID cards
  • Top security features including RFID ribbons, card feeder lock and watermarks

 

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Contact us – Want to find out more about the best printers for printing on your ID cards? Speak to our friendly team today for expert, tailored advice, with no obligation to buy.  

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About Andy Reeves and Cards-X

Andy has over 20 years of experience in the security and ID printing industry. He is Managing Director of Cards-X (UK). We are a trusted UK distributor of ID card printers, based in the Yorkshire town of Malton.

Cards-X offer a comprehensive selection of printers from the world’s finest manufacturers, as well as a low-price promise across our range. We can also offer a next day delivery service and free delivery on all orders over £150.

Disclaimer: All the printer prices stated above are correct as of 19/01/2022 and are based on standard packages with no additional printer options.