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Magicard Prima 8 ID Card Printer

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  • Reverse-transfer printer ideal for durable, multi-function cards
  • Special features: Available TrueSupport Coverage, vivid print quality and 3-year warranty with lifetime printhead coverage
  • Optional upgrades: encoding, lamination

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  • Reverse-transfer printer ideal for durable, multi-function cards
  • Special features: Available TrueSupport Coverage, vivid print quality and 3-year warranty with lifetime printhead coverage
  • Optional upgrades: encoding, lamination
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Magicard Prima 8 Overview

  • Retransfer printing
  • Single-sided and dual-sided printing
  • Optional lamination
  • TrueSupport Coverage available

High-volume retransfer printing

Prima 8 uses an innovative two-step process that prints the image onto a thin film and then uses a heat transferring process to apply the image onto the surface of the card with over-the-edge printing. The added layer of film increases the durability of your ID cards and retains colors and quality much longer than a direct-to-card printer. Retransfer printing is also ideal for cards with uneven surfaces such as smart cards or cards with encoding.

High-speed printing

A single-sided ID card only takes 36-seconds to print. Prima801 is one of the fastest retransfer printers available, able to print up to 100 cards an hour!

FIPS 201 certified

Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 201 (FIPS 201) - is a certification used for the personalization of US government credentials. Magicard Prima 8 has this certification and is listed on the GSA Approved Product List and meets the mandates for federal government use. FIPS 201 certified printers are ideal for federal government usage.

High-quality images

Stunning photo-quality with 300-dpi resolution and edge-to-edge printing, Prima 8 is ideal for images, small text, and logos! Its retransfer printing process applies high-resolution glossy images directly onto your card for a high-quality look and added durability.

UV printing compatible

Optional Ultraviolet (UV) compatibility adds additional security to your ID cards. With the Prima 8 ID card printer, the Prima834 UV ribbon can be used to easily apply a UV panel, making it an ideal ID card printer for federal government applications and general businesses security needs. The UV image or text will appear red when a special light is directed onto the card and cannot be seen with the naked eye, which makes counterfeiting your ID cards more difficult and makes them more secure.

TrueSupport Coverage

Included with every Magicard Prima 8 badge printer is Magicard's UltraCoverPlus three-year warranty with a lifetime printhead replacement. You can extend your coverage to superior support and loaner coverage with TrueSupport Coverage so you'll never be left without a printer when you need it the most with the three-year (up to four-year or five-year) loaner coverage with your single-sided or dual-sided Magicard Prima 8 ID card printer.


AlphaCard offers customization options  and special printer features:

Optional Dual-sided printing

The Magicard Prima 8 ID card printer is available in single-sided and dual-sided options.

Optional Card encoding

Optional magnetic stripe, smart card and contactless encoding is available for Magicard Prima 8 ID card printers so you can use your cards for more than just a photo ID!

Optional Lamination

Increase card durability and security to your cards with holographic film or overlaminate patches with an optional lamination unit. The Magicard Prima 8 inline lamination unit offers convenient and easy front loading for your cards. Prima801’s LCD display panel gives you the ability to adjust temperature and speed settings to optimize results for a variety of card types.


Note: This product is FIPS201 approved and available via GSA.

Technical Specs

Magicard Prima 8

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Printer Coverage
Loaner Coverage
Printhead Coverage
Print Technology
Dye Sublimation
Re-Writable Printing
Card Capacity
Input Hopper
Output Hopper
Single Feed Mode
Print Speed
Full Color
36 cards/sec
Avg. Cost Per Card
Single-Sided Color
Single-Sided Black
Max. Ribbon Yield
Single-Sided Color
Single-Sided Black
Accepted Card Sizes
Card Thickness
20-50 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
Printer Lock Options
Connection Type
OS Compatibility
Windows XP
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
Mac Compatible
Physical Specs
13.5'' x 13'' x 12.6'' (343mm x 320mm x 330mm)
34.1 lbs (15.5 kg)
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Select printers include one full year of TrueSupport for free!

Upgrade to TrueSupport for 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.


You can talk directly to our dedicated support team on the phone. On top of our complimentary lifetime email support (1-3 day turnaround) and 30-day setup over the phone, TrueSupport coverage plans will include troubleshooting and technical support via phone and hands-on help via remote desktop assistance during your subscription period from the best technical experts in the industry.


As a TrueSupport subscriber, you'll receive a complimentary cleaning kit and remote printer check-up annually through the duration of your subscription. Through these preventative services, potential future obstacles that could interrupt daily business operations can be avoided.


Within your TrueSupport coverage period, our technical support experts are standing by to offer remote phone support. If your ID card printer requires service, we'll provide a loaner machine to keep your business running while we repair your printer.


Get one hour of training every year to maximize every feature of your investment, or just brush-up on the basics. We want to help you do your job easier!


Options to extend your TrueSupport coverage are available. Call us now for pricing and enrollment (877) 907-9834.

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