Kalamazoo Direct’s Guide to ID Card Printers


Have you been tasked with finding ID card printers for your business? If the answer is “Yes” then your in the right place.

This guide is designed to help you choose the right ID Card Printer for your organisation. A card printer is a substantial investment so identifying which printer best suits your requirements before purchasing will help ensure you achieve the best possible value.

Kalamazoo Direct currently stocks a range of quality ID Card Printers by Magicard and Zebra. Continue reading to find out the best solution for you.

Single or Double Sided

Single Sided Printer

A single sided printer allows you to print on to just one side of a blank Plastic ID Card.

Cost-saving tip: If you also require print on the reverse of your cards, and the data is static (such as a company logo or lost card instructions), pre-print the reverse of your cards before personalising. This method allows you to enjoy the cost-saving benefits of purchasing a single-sided printer, whilst still enabling you to incorporate print on the reverse of your cards!

View our single sided Magicard printers

View our single sided Zebra printers

Dual Sided Printers

These printers enable you to print on both sides of a plastic card. A dual sided printer is required if you have variable data on both sides of the card.

View our dual sided Magicard printers

View our dual sided Zebra printers


Print Types

Most printers print straight on to the card itself, this is known as dye sublimation. Alternatively, some printers print an overlay which is then transferred to the card, this is known as re-transfer printing.


– Low costs

– Quick printing

– Direct print to card


Re-Transfer Technology

– Edge to edge printing

– Print on cards which are not flat

– We stock the Zebra ZXP 8, a great a re-transfer printer


Most ID Card Printers may be used in conjunction with a standard software application, such as Word, to create and print basic card templates. However, specialist software may be purchased to enable you to easily create, store and manage a number of card templates at any time – especially useful if you wish to create different cards for your various visitor categories.


Additional Printer Features

It is important to read the full specification of any ID Card Printer that you are looking to purchase. This will ensure that it has all the features you need as well as tell you if it can be upgraded at a later date if necessary (from a single-sided, to double-sided printer, for example).

Here are a few things to look out for when considering printer features:

– Some printers are designed for direct computer connection only; this is usually done via a USB. If you want to network your card printer, check it has an Ethernet connection

– If you plan to print on all parts of a plastic card then you will need an edge-to-edge card printer such as the Magicard Pronto Printer

– Security is important in any organisation. To prevent unauthorised copying of your cards, some printers can incorporate a watermark into the printing process, which increases security. The Magicard Rio Pro is just one card printer that has a watermark printing facility called HoloKote, which prints an overlay onto your cards.

If you’re just looking for a basic, quality card printing performance, then check out the Magicard Pronto Card Printer and Zebra ZXP Series 1 ID Card Printer. For additional features and higher printing volumes, browse our range of ID Printers to find your perfect solution today.

Further Help with ID Card Printers

If you have any further questions, or would like to discuss your requirements with a sales representative, don’t hesitate to contact our sales team on 01527 838 890 who will be happy to advise you and help you find the best ID Card Printer for you.

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