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AlphaCard PRO 550 ID Card Printer


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The AlphaCard PRO 550 printer offers built-in dependability and security with high-quality 300 dpi resolution for professional-looking credentials.

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MSRP: $2,498
Price: $1,598

You Save: $900 (36%)

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AlphaCard PRO 550 Overview

A favorite among mid-sized businesses, the AlphaCard PRO 550 ID card printer offers faster print speeds, rewrite technology, USB and Ethernet connectivity, and much more. Depend on first-class coverage with a 4-year warranty that includes free lifetime AlphaCare support and a full year of AlphaCarePlus.

  • Printing Capability: Single or dual-sided
  • Print Technology: Dye sublimation with AlphaGuard watermark, monochrome & rewritable
  • Print Speed: Full-color, single-sided cards in 23 seconds, monochrome in 6
  • Input/Output Hopper: 100/70
  • Connection: USB & Ethernet
  • Warranty: 4 years with Pro-Xchange

Versatile, Effcient & User-friendly Card Printing

Perfect for low- to medium-sized print jobs, the PRO 550 card printer features a 100-card feeder with a 70-card stacker. Like more expensive ID card printer models, the PRO 550 boasts faster print speeds - minus the expensive price!

With its intuitive interface, easy-to-read LED screen, batch printing capabilities, and USB/Ethernet connectivity, you'll appreciate the simplicity of the PRO 550 for all your printing jobs. Order the optional dual-sided printing kit now or upgrade quickly with the drop-in field upgrade kit. Designed for reliability and convenience, the PRO 550 is an affordable investment for the future.

The AlphaCard PRO 550 card printer offers a selection of premium dye-film ribbons to accommodate your specific printing needs, including:

  • YMCKO - A PVC printer ribbon with an overcoat panel that seals the card for an additional layer of protection.
  • YMCKOK - A specially designed ribbon used in printing double-sided ID cards. It features color on the front side and black on the back. The K panel is a black resin panel (monochrome), and the O panel is a clear overlay that provides a thin, protective layer.
  • Black monochrome - These ribbons are offered with or without an overcoat panel. In addition to black, choose from a vareity of colors, metallic finishes, or scratch-off panels.

Secure AlphaGuard Watermark Technology

Add a new level of visual security to your credentials with built-in AlphaGuard technology. By incorporating a hologram-like watermark across printed cards, there's no need to purchase additional printer supplies. It's also significantly easier to validate geniune ID cards and realize tampered or counterfeit cards. Choose from four standard AlphaGuard designs that come pre-loaded in the printer driver.

As a special bonus with the AlphaCard PRO 550 ID card printer, you'll also get one Custom AlphaGuard - a $598 savings - absolutely free!

Choose from four secure designs that are repeated 24 times in a 4x6 grid over the face of the card. Easily turn the AlphaGuard watermark on and off or to hide sections of the grid with the intuitive printer driver. Learn More about AlphaGuard.

Free Year of AlphaCarePlus

All AlphaCard systems include lifetime AlphaCare support. For a limited time, AlphaCard PRO printers include a free year of AlphaCarePlus service and support, a savings of $298. AlphaCarePlus goes above and beyond to offer world class, full-service technical support:

  • Setup assistance & training
  • VIP phone & email support
  • 30-day printer upgrade program
  • Free software updates
  • Annual printer check-up
  • Advanced configuration help
  • 25% off extended services

AlphaCarePlus must be activated within 30 days of purchase. See full AlphaCarePlus details.

Printer Options & Upgrades

The AlphaCard PRO 550 includes these printer upgrade options:

  • Dual-sided printing
  • Magnetic stripe encoding
Built-in Digital Shredding

To protect your cardholder and business data, the 550 printer includes our new digital shredding security feature.

With digital shredding, the data sent to your card printer for each print job is fragmented after use so your printer cannot be used to see what has been printed and access your cardholder information. This is incredibly important for organizations that need to meet data security standards.

PRO 550 Printer Warranty

Manufactured to the highest standard, the AlphaCard PRO 550 ID card printer is backed by a four year warranty.

Additionally, all AlphaCard PRO printers include our Pro-Xchange program. The Pro-Xchange program takes the hassle out of the printer repair process. Instead of waiting for your printer to be repaired and shipped back, you will quickly receive a comparable printer as a permanent replacement at no additional cost!

This program helps minimize the downtime during printer repairs – with Pro-Xchange, any warranty-covered problem qualifies you for a free replacement without the wait.

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Everything You Need In One Box

ID card printer, software, ribbon, cards, camera, and a cleaning kit

All of our complete ID card systems come with the printer, software, and supplies you need to successfully start an ID card program right out of the box.

AlphaCard ID Card Software

With AlphaCard ID card software you can easily design, print, and manage ID cards and badges for any professional application and from any computer. With the PC-based AlphaCard ID Suite or the Mac-based AlphaCard Badge Builder software you can design everything from basic photo IDs to multifunctional badges.

ID SUITE (PC) – With a customizable record layout and advanced card design and database tools, AlphaCard ID Suite software makes it easy to manage your ID card program. Choose from Light, Standard, Professional, and Elite editions.

BADGE BUILDER (MAC) – Designed specifically for Mac users, AlphaCard Badge Builder combines user-friendly card design options with a wide range of database options. Choose from Basic, Standard, Professional, and Elite editions.

Technical Specs

AlphaCard PRO 550

Compare the AlphaCard PRO 550 to other printers using the Printer Comparison Tool.

Single-Sided Printer
Dual-Sided Printer
AlphaCard Price
Single-Sided Printer
Dual-Sided Printer
Printer Coverage
4 Years
Loaner Coverage
Pro-Xchange Program
Printhead Coverage
Print Technology
Direct to Card - Dye diffusion
Re-Writable Printing
Card Capacity
Input Hopper
Output Hopper
Single Feed Mode
Print Speed
Full Color
23 seconds
6 seconds
Avg. Cost Per Card
Single-Sided Color
Single-Sided Black
Max. Ribbon Yield
Single-Sided Color
Single-Sided Black
Accepted Card Sizes
Card Thickness
20-40 mil
Features Call if options aren't available online
Available Encoding Options
Magnetic Stripe
Available Factory Options
Dual Sided
Available Field Upgrades
Visual Security Features
AlphaGuard Watermark Technology
Printer Lock Options
Connection Type
OS Compatibility
Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks
Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite
Mac OSX 10.11 El Capitan
Windows 7
Windows 7 - 32 bit
Windows 7 - 64 bit
Windows 8
Windows 8 - 32 bit
Windows 8 - 64 bit
Windows 10
Windows 10 - 32 bit
Windows 10 - 64 bit
Windows Server 2008
Windows 2008 Server - 32 bit
Windows 2008 Server - 64 bit
Windows Server 2012
Windows 2012 Server - 32 bit
Windows 2012 Server - 64 bit
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2016 - 32 bit
Windows Server 2016 - 64 bit
Mac Compatible
Physical Specs
16” L x 8.5” W x 9.5” H
10.4 lbs
Available MPNs

Premium Benefits

AlphaCard PRO series printers include a full year of AlphaCarePlus!*

AlphaCarePlus goes above and beyond to offer world class, full service technical support. You'll get direct access to our professionally trained technical support experts who have years of experience working with customers just like you. Whether you are setting up an ID card system for the first time, or you need help with troubleshooting, our friendly experts will get you on track quickly.

Free Setup Assistance & Training ($150 Value)

Whenever you purchase a complete AlphaCard printer system, you qualify for up to one hour of training to be used within 30 days ($150 value). Receive up to 30 minutes with a standalone printer or software purchase ($75 value). Choose between phone, remote desktop, or webinar format.

Priority Phone Support

You can rest assured when certified ID printer technicians are just a phone call away. Enjoy priority phone troubleshooting support for any printer of software related issues. Plus, you'll get access to our VIP phone numbers so your call will always be sent to the front of the queue.

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Find Compatible Ribbons & Supplies

Quickly find the compatible supplies and parts for the AlphaCard PRO 550 ID Card Printer. Shop all ribbons, laminate films, overlays, cleaning kits, and parts.

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AlphaGuard® is an exclusive technology that adds a hologram-like watermark over a printed card without requiring lamination, specialty cards, or any additional supplies. This extra layer of visual security helps prevent unauthorized ID card duplication. AlphaGuard technology comes built into all AlphaCard PRO series ID card printers at no additional cost.

PRO 550 Design Options
You can easily switch between five watermark designs or turn off sections of the grid.

Secure Shield Grid
4x6 Pattern Full-face Pattern

*Disclaimer: Watermark designs on cards are shown for illustration purposes only. Actual watermark designs may vary depending on printer model.

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Customize AlphaGuard
with your Logo

For the ultimate level of security and professionalism, enhance your cards with a Custom AlphaGuard design using your own logo or artwork. This helps ensure that your cards cannot be replicated, since each Custom AlphaGuard design requires a physical card key. The custom keys are programmed at our secure facility and are only accessible to the authorized organization.

Custom AlphaGuard Grid Design: $598 FREE
One free Custom AlphaGuard grid design key is included with each PRO 550 printer. Free key must be redeemed within 30 days of purchase at

Custom AlphaGuard Full-Sized Design: $648
Full-sized Custom AlphaGuard designs can cover the entire face of the card or any portion thereof. They are ideal for seals or other detailed security images.

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