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AlphaCard School ID PRO 500 System

#AC School ID Complete System

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#AC School ID Complete System

Specially designed to print high-quality student and staff ID cards, the AlphaCard School ID PRO 500 system comes with everything you need to print ID cards on demand.

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  • System includes: AlphaCard PRO 500 printer, AlphaCard School ID Standard software, 300-print color ribbon, 300 premium blank cards, printer cleaning card, digital ID camera
  • Single or dual-sided, dye sub printer
  • Quick print speed – full color in 35 seconds, monochrome in 7
  • 100 card input hopper, 30 card output hopper
  • AlphaGuard hologram-like watermark technology
  • 4 year printer warranty with Pro-Xchange
  • Lifetime AlphaCare support & a free year of AlphaCarePlus service and support ($298 value)
MSRP: $3,500
Starting Price: $1,698

You Save: $1,802 (51%)

As Configured: $1,698
  • System includes: AlphaCard PRO 500 printer, AlphaCard School ID Standard software, 300-print color ribbon, 300 premium blank cards, printer cleaning card, digital ID camera
  • Single or dual-sided, dye sub printer
  • Quick print speed – full color in 35 seconds, monochrome in 7
  • 100 card input hopper, 30 card output hopper
  • AlphaGuard hologram-like watermark technology
  • 4 year printer warranty with Pro-Xchange
  • Lifetime AlphaCare support & a free year of AlphaCarePlus service and support ($298 value)
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#AC School ID Complete System

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The best-selling AlphaCard School ID PRO 500 System makes it easy to design and print high quality school ID cards. Combined with ID software, a web cam for ID photos, and premium supplies, this complete system includes everything you need to print your first 300 cards.

Need a help getting started? All AlphaCard PRO series printers include training and set up assistance, lifetime AlphaCare support and a full year of AlphaCare Plus.

AlphaCard PRO 500 ID Card Printer

The most popular mid-volume card printer, the AlphaCard PRO 500 is an excellent choice for printing professional employee badges, student IDs, loyalty cards and more. Backed by an industry-leading 4 year warranty, all PRO series printers include free lifetime AlphaCare support and a full year of AlphaCarePlus.

AlphaCard PRO 500 Key Features
  • Printing Capability: Single or dual-sided
  • Print Technology: Dye sublimation with AlphaGuard watermark
  • Print Speed: Full color, single-sided cards in 35 seconds, monochrome in 7
  • Input/Output Hopper: 100 /30
  • Connection: USB & Ethernet
  • Warranty: 4 years with Pro-Xchange
Flexible & Intuitive Card Printing

Ideal for mid-sized print jobs, the PRO 500 printer is equipped with a 100 card input hopper and a 30 card output hopper. An alternate single-feed slot is available for one-off card prints; simply insert a card and within seconds the printed card will be returned through the same slot.

Featuring an LED status screen, USB and Ethernet ports, and a Microsoft-certified plug-and-play driver, you'll be surprised at how intuitive the PRO 500 is to set up and start using. Optional dual-sided printing functionality can be ordered up front, or easily added in the future using the drop-in field upgrade kit. Designed for flexibility, the PRO 500 is a workhorse your office can rely on for years to come.

A variety of premium dye-film ribbons are available for the AlphaCard PRO series printers to suit the full spectrum of printing needs. Included with this system is a full color 300-print YMCKO ribbon which includes an overcoat panel to seal in the card as an extra layer of protection. The YMCKOK ribbon is specially designed for printing dual sided cards with full color on the front and black on the back. PRO series black monochrome ribbons are available with or without an overcoat panel. There are also monochrome ribbons available in a variety of colors and metallic finishes including a specialty ribbon for creating scratch-off panels.

AlphaGuard Watermark Technology

The built-in AlphaGuard technology allows you to add a hologram-like watermark over your printed card without any additional supplies. The watermark can be seen when light is reflected off the card and won't interfere with your printed card design. This added layer of visual security makes cards harder to tamper with or duplicate.

Choose from four secure designs that are repeated 24 times in a 4x6 grid over the face of the card.  Easily turn AlphaGuard 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 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.

PRO 500 Printer Warranty

Manufactured to the highest standard, the AlphaCard PRO 500 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.

See full warranty and Pro-Xchange details.

What’s Included:

  • AlphaCard PRO 500 ID card printer
  • AlphaCard School ID Standard software
  • Two printer cleaning cards
  • Digital ID camera
  • 300 premium AlphaCard blank PVC cards
  • Full Color YMCKO ribbon – 300 prints
  • Lifetime AlphaCare support
  • One year free AlphaCarePlus support*
  • Free Year AlphaCarePlus ($298 value)
  • VIP Phone & Email Support
  • Free Setup Assistance & Training
  • Advanced Printer Configuration
  • Free Annual Printer Maintenance
  • Free ID Suite Software Updates
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School ID Card Software

AlphaCard School ID software is specially designed to meet the unique needs of K-12 public schools, charter schools, private schools, daycare centers, kid's camps, and more. Choose from one of the three pre-designed student ID templates or design your own IDs with the easy-to-use card design wizard.

AlphaCard School ID allows you to easily create and store details for an unlimited number of people including students, staff, volunteers, contractors, and visitors.  Choose which information you want to store and print – AlphaCard School ID comes with built-in data fields unique to schools including student ID number, grade, homeroom, and even emergency contacts. With AlphaCard School ID software you can also add 1D or 2D barcodes to the IDs, or encode magnetic stripes.

AlphaCard School ID Standard

AlphaCard School ID Standard allows you to create flexible ID card templates so you can quickly and easily enter each person's information and print their ID card.

AlphaCard School ID supports most digital cameras as well as a selection of digital signature pads. If you already have student or staff photos stored on your schools network, can you easily connect them to AlphaCard School ID to print them on your cards.

You can store all your student and staff data within AlphaCard School ID Standard, or connect to an existing Microsoft Excel file, Access, or Text Database.

AlphaCard School ID Professional

Upgrade your system to AlphaCard School ID Professional if you need more advanced database connectivity. Professional has all the same card design features found in the Standard edition, but does support fingerprint capture devices and can auto-populate data fields by scanning a government issued ID.

You can store all your student and staff data within AlphaCard School ID Professional, or connect to an existing Microsoft Access, Excel, MS SQL, MySQL, SQLite, Oracle, and ODBC/OLE database. With the Professional edition you can also connect to multiple databases.

Technical Specs

AlphaCard PRO 500

Compare the AlphaCard PRO 500 to other printers using the Printer Comparison Tool.

Warranty
Printer Coverage
4 Years
Loaner Coverage
Pro-Xchange Program
Printhead Coverage
3 Years
Printing
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Print Technology
Dye Sublimation
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Re-Writable Printing
Yes
Card Capacity
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Input Hopper
100
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Output Hopper
30
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Single Feed Mode
Yes
Print Speed
Full Color
35 seconds
Monochrome
7 seconds
Supplies
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Avg. Cost Per Card
Single-Sided Color
Single-Sided Black
Dual-Sided
?
Max. Ribbon Yield
Single-Sided Color
300
Single-Sided Black
1000
Dual-Sided
250
Accepted Card Sizes
CR79
CR80
Card Thickness
20-40 mil
Features Call if options aren't available online
Available Encoding Options
Contact Card
Contactless Card
DesFire
iCLASS
Magnetic Stripe
MiFare
?
Available Factory Options
Dual Sided
?
Available Field Upgrades
Dual Sided
?
Visual Security Features
AlphaGuard Watermark Technology
Printer Lock Options
Compatibility
?
Connection Type
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
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Mac Compatible
Yes
Physical Specs
Size
9.2” L x 17.8” W x 8.1” H
Weight
12 lbs
MPNS
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Available MPNs
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
Customize System
Customize System
AlphaCare
When you place an order with AlphaCard, you qualify for full, personal assistance to ensure that your ID card program reaches its full potential. This commitment to strong customer service and support is called AlphaCare. It's completely free and you'll only find it at AlphaCard.
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Customize your System Components

AlphaCard PRO 500 ID Card Printer
This printer can be upgraded with magnetic stripe encoding to hold cardholder data. If upgrading to magnetic stripe encoding, be sure to also select magnetic stripe cards.
* = Required Option
AlphaCard School ID Software
* = Required Option
AlphaCard PRO YMCKO 300 Print Ribbon/Card Pack
* = Required Option
AlphaCare Plus
All AlphaCard PRO printers also include a free year of AlphaCarePlus support, a savings of $298. AlphaCarePlus® goes above and beyond standard AlphaCare services to include priority phone support, free software updates, an annual printer check-up, and other advanced services. See Full Details
Add an ID Camera
Add the Logitech C270 for: $49
Add the Logitech C920 w/ Tripod with tripod for: $148

Add a camera to your system. Choose between the standard Logitech C270 photo ID camera or the Logitech C920 w/ Tripod
* = Required Option
As Configured: $1,698

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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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 100 & 500 Designs
You can easily switch between four watermark designs or turn off sections of the grid.

Secure Shield Grid
Globe Grid Geometric Box Grid Wavelength Grid
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