Choosing the right ID Card Printer
Finding the right ID Card Printer for you business is no easy task. There are many questions you need to consider, such as:
- What is your budget?
- Do you need to print dual-sided or single-sided?
- How many cards do you need to print?
- Can the card printer print on the ID Cards I need?
- Do you need to print offsite through a network?
- Do you require special security features?
Just to name a few.
Fortunately, we have been in the game for over 28 years and have been asked these questions time and time again.
The best place to start is to decide what kind of ID Card you wish to produce. By choosing what ID Card you wish to produce, narrows down what ID Card Printer you will need and it’s functions.
If you would prefer we help you choose your ID card printer please contact us here. If you are interested to learn more, keep reading on…
What type of ID Card do you need?
There are generally four different types of ID Cards:
- PVC ID Cards
- Magstripe ID Cards
- Smart ID Cards
- Proximity ID Cards
Each type of ID card has different uses. To make it easier for you to choose which ID card is suitable for your business see the table below:
|Type of ID Card||Application||Description||Category|
|PVC ID Cards||Membership cards||Blank cards with no internal technology||Basic|
|Anywhere ID is needed but access control capability is not|
|Magstripe ID Cards||Time & Attendance||Technology cards with a Hi-co or Lo-co magnetic stripe. They are swiped for entry & access control systems.||Intermediate|
|Smart ID Cards||Network security||Technology cards with an embedded chip with accessible memory and a microprocessor.|
|Proximity ID cards||School faculty||These are printable, credit-card sized cards and feature an antenna and electronic chip “sandwiched” between two thin plastic cards.|
|Anyone with an access control system & 125KHz card readers|
Once you have chosen the type of ID card you need, the next step is to match it with the correct ID Card Printer that can print them.
Choosing the right ID Card printer
Now that you know what ID Card type you need, it’s time to see what ID Card Printers have the capabilities of printing them for you and which one fits your budget.
See the table below for reference:
|Type of ID Card||ID Card Printer||Price range|
|PVC ID Cards||Entrust Sigma DS1||Low|
|Magstripe ID Cards||Entrust Sigma DS2||Low|
|Entrust Sigma DS3||Middle|
|Smart ID Cards||Entrust Sigma DS3||Middle|
Let us know if you need any further assistance with choosing a card printer, we are here to help!
If you’ve made your choice, head on over to the menu located at the top of this page and select the ID Card type you wish to print your ID Cards.