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AlphaCard PRO 550 ID Card Printer

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

  • Single or dual-sided, direct-to-card printer
  • Simple to use, right out of the box
  • Faster print speeds - full-color cards in only 23 seconds, monochrome in 6
  • 100-card feeder, 70-card stacker
  • AlphaGuard hologram-like watermark technology
  • FREE 1 Year TrueSupport Coverage
MSRP $2,498.00 Price $1,629.99

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 3-year warranty that includes a full year of TrueSupport.

  • 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: 3 years with 1-year free TrueSupport

Versatile, Efficient & 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 variety 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 genuine 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 hide sections of the grid with the intuitive printer driver. Learn More about AlphaGuard.

Free Year of TrueSupport

For a limited time, AlphaCard PRO printers include a free year of TrueSupport Premium service and support. TrueSupport goes above and beyond to offer world-class, full-service technical support:

  • Loaner coverage during the manufacturer warranty period

  • Phone-based technical support including remote assistance

  • Complimentary one hour of training annually

  • Complimentary cleaning kit and remote printer check-up provided annually

TrueSupport must be activated within 30 days of purchase. See full TrueSupport 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 three-year warranty.




This printer includes one year of our TrueSupport Premium Plan for free. The TrueSupport Premium plan offers loaner coverage and printer repair during the TrueSupport coverage period, phone-based technical support including remote assistance, complimentary one hour of training annually, and a complimentary cleaning kit and remote printer check-up annually.

What's Included:

  • AlphaCard PRO 550 ID card printer
  • Printer power supply
  • USB cable
  • Install disk
  • Printer guides
Encoding Options
Card Sizes AcceptedCR80 - standard PVC or PET (CR80 is the size of a standard credit card)
Card Thickness Accepted20-40 mil
Printer Color Capability

Color & monochrome printing

Print Resolution DPI300 DPI
Printer Loudness
Printer Includes
Input Hopper Capacity100
InterfaceUSB & Ethernet
OS CompatibilityMac 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
Printer Options
Output Hopper Capacity70
Printing Speeds (sec/card)6 seconds (monochrome (K) single-sided card)
23 seconds (full-color (YMCKO) single-sided card)
Printing CapabilitySingle-sided printing
Warranty3 Years
Weight & Dimensions
Card Management
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