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Low-Volume

ID Card Printer
Comparison

AlphaCard
PRO 100

AlphaCard
PRO 500

Datacard
SD160

Datacard
SD260

Evolis
Zenius Expert

Cost
Cost
MSRP
MSRP
Single-Sided Printer
$1698
$2498
$1480
$1980
$1750
Dual-Sided Printer
$2898
AlphaCard Price
AlphaCard Price
Single-Sided Printer
$1098
$1598
$1098
Dual-Sided Printer
$1998
Warranty
Warranty
Printer Coverage
3 Years
4 Years
2 years
3 years
2 Years
Loaner Coverage
Pro-Xchange Program
Pro-Xchange Program
None
Printhead Coverage
2 Years
3 Years
2 years
3 years
2 Years
Printing
Printing
Print Technology
Dye Sublimation
Dye Sublimation
Dye Sublimation
Dye Sublimation
Dye Sublimation
Re-Writable Printing
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Card Capacity
Card Capacity
Input Hopper
1
100
100
100 or Single Feed
50
Output Hopper
1
30
25
25
20
Single Feed Mode
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Print Speed
Print Speed
Full Color
35 seconds
35 seconds
40 seconds
30 seconds
30 seconds
Monochrome
7 seconds
7 seconds
12 seconds
7 seconds
11 Seconds
Supplies
Supplies
Max. Ribbon Yield
Max. Ribbon Yield
Single-Sided Color
300
300
250
500
200
Single-Sided Black
1000
1000
750
1000
2000
Dual-Sided
250
Accepted Card Sizes
CR79
CR80
CR79
CR80
CR80
CR80
CR80
Card Thickness
20-40 mil
20-40 mil
30 mil
30 mil
20-50 mil
Features & Options
Features & Options
Available Encoding Options
Contact Card
Contactless Card
DesFire
iCLASS
Magnetic Stripe
MiFare
Contact Card
Contactless Card
DesFire
iCLASS
Magnetic Stripe
MiFare
Magnetic Stripe
Magnetic Stripe
Contact Card
Contactless Card
DesFire
iCLASS
Magnetic Stripe
MiFare
Available Factory
Options
Dual Sided
Manual Card Feed
Ethernet
Available Field
Upgrades
Dual Sided
Magnetic Stripe
Magnetic Stripe
Encoding
Visual Security
Features
AlphaGuard Watermark Technology
AlphaGuard Watermark Technology
UV Ribbon Option
UV Ribbon Option
Printer Lock Options
Kennsington
Kennsington
Compatibility
Compatibility
Connection Type
USB
Ethernet
USB
USB
Optional Ethernet
USB
Optional Ethernet
USB
OS Compatibility
Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard
Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard
Mac OSX 10.7 Lion
Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion
Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks
Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite
Mac OSX 10.11 El Capitan
Windows XP - 32 bit
Windows XP - 64 bit
Windows Vista - 32 bit
Windows Vista - 64 bit
Windows 7 - 32 bit
Windows 7 - 64 bit
Windows 8 - 32 bit
Windows 8 - 64 bit
Windows 10 - 32 bit
Windows 10 - 64 bit
Windows 2003 Server - 32 bit
Windows 2003 Server - 64 bit
Windows 2008 Server - 32 bit
Windows 2008 Server - 64 bit
Windows 2012 Server - 32 bit
Windows 2012 Server - 64 bit
Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard
Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard
Mac OSX 10.7 Lion
Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion
Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks
Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite
Mac OSX 10.11 El Capitan
Windows XP - 32 bit
Windows XP - 64 bit
Windows Vista - 32 bit
Windows Vista - 64 bit
Windows 7 - 32 bit
Windows 7 - 64 bit
Windows 8 - 32 bit
Windows 8 - 64 bit
Windows 10 - 32 bit
Windows 10 - 64 bit
Windows 2003 Server - 32 bit
Windows 2003 Server - 64 bit
Windows 2008 Server - 32 bit
Windows 2008 Server - 64 bit
Windows 2012 Server - 32 bit
Windows 2012 Server - 64 bit
Windows 7 - 32 bit
Windows 7 - 64 bit
Windows 8 - 32 bit
Windows 8 - 64 bit
Windows 10 - 32 bit
Windows 10 - 64 bit
Windows 2008 Server - 64 bit
Windows 2012 Server - 64 bit
Windows 7 - 32 bit
Windows 7 - 64 bit
Windows 8 - 32 bit
Windows 8 - 64 bit
Windows 10 - 32 bit
Windows 10 - 64 bit
Windows 2008 Server - 64 bit
Windows 2012 Server - 64 bit
Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard
Mac OSX 10.7 Lion
Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion
Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks
Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite
Mac OSX 10.11 El Capitan
Windows XP
Windows Vista - 32 bit
Windows Vista - 64 bit
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10
Mac Compatible
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Physical Specs
Physical Specs
Size
10.6” L x 8.4” W x 9.1” H
9.2” L x 17.8” W x 8.1” H
6.9" W x 8.8" H x 15.4" D
6.9" W x 8.8" H x 15.4" D
7.7’H’ x 8.1’’W x 12.4’’D
Weight
9.7 lbs
12 lbs
8.1 lbs
8.1 lbs
7.3 lbs
MPNS
MPNS
Available MPNs
ACP-PRO100,
ACP-PRO100-MAG,
ACP-PRO100-SMART
ACP-PRO500,
ACP-PRO500-DUO,
ACP-PRO500-MAG,
ACP-PRO500-DUO-MAG,
ACP-PRO500-SMART,
ACP-PRO500-DUO-SMART,
ACP-PRO500-SMART-MAG,
ACP-PRO500-DUO-SMART-MAG
510685-001,
510685-002
535500-001,
535500-002,
535500-003,
535500-004
ZN1U0000RS,
ZN1U0000TS,
ZN1H0000RS,
ZN1H0000TS,
ZN1HB000RS,
ZN1H0T00RS,
ZN1H00CWRS,
ZN1H0ELYRS,
ZN1H0VVCRS,
ZN1H0CCMRS
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