The Complete ID
Printer Buyer's Guide

This guide walks you through all the important considerations you'll need to know when selecting an ID card printer.

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ID card printers come in a wide range of styles and features, allowing you to select the printer that best fits your specific card needs. To best select a printer, you’ll learn the difference between the most common ID card printer features.

  • Single-Sided vs Dual-Sided Printing

    Single-sided printers print on the front side of the card only, while dual-sided printers allow you to print on both sides of the card.

  • Dye Sublimation vs Reverse Transfer Printing

    ID card printers use a ribbon to print, but there are two different types of technologies for the printing process, both with their own advantages.

  • Single-Feed vs Batch Printing

    While single-feed printers allow you to easily print a card or two on demand, batch printing makes it easy to print multiple cards at once.

  • Rewritable Printers

    An option on some ID card printers, rewritable printers use temperature sensitive cards that can be printed & rewritten.

  • Laminating Printers

    An upgrade option on many ID card printers, lamination adds an extra layer of protection and security to your ID cards.

  • Encoding Printers

    If your card program needs multifunctional ID cards, there are many options for encoding from basic barcodes to smart cards.

  • USB, Ethernet & WiFi Connectivity

    With three computer to printer connection types to choose, you can choose the connection type that best suits your office and card printing needs.