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AlphaCard PRO 550 Single-Sided ID Card Printer with Magnetic Encoding

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MSRP $2,498.00
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  • Includes a free 30-day subscription to CloudBadging: a secure, cloud-based workspace for individuals or teams to create, manage, and print ID badges.
  • 300 dpi printing ideal for images, logos, micro-text, and other images
  • Special features: Standard USB 2.0, 3.0 and Ethernet connectivity, built-in visual security with standard or custom AlphaGuard (no lamination required)
  • Optional upgrades: field upgradeable dual-sided printing, encoding

What's Included

  • Alphacard Pro 550 ID card printer
  • Printer power supply
  • USB cable
  • Install disk
  • Printer guides

The AlphaCard PRO 550 offers a high-quality affordable ID card printer option ideal for mid-sized businesses. Fast print speeds, 300 dpi printing, and rewrite technology are just some of the many features that the 550 PRO offers. The durable and reliable design make this ID card printer ideal for schools, colleges, and corporations. Built-in security features are standard with all PRO 550 printers and are fitting for any business that requires extra data safety protocols. With USB and ethernet connectivity, the AlphaCard PRO ID card printer is easy to keep up-to-date with the latest security features and upgrades. Combined with an industry-leading warranty and lifetime support, AlphaCard printers an exceptional choice for ID card printing and badges.

Product Features

  • Intuitive ID card printing
    Leading the industry in affordable ID card printing, the AlphaCard PRO 550 ID card printer is ideal for mid-sized businesses. The robust and durable PRO 550 printer easily integrates with your existing networks infrastructure with USB and ethernet connectivity. Fast print speeds and the ability to switch between batch printing and manual feed prints, make this versatile printer an ideal solution to ID card printing. In addition, the user-friendly direct-to-card printer uses dye sublimation to print photo-quality 300 dpi (dots per inch) resolution for photo-like quality images, crisp text, and accurate corporate logos. And, anti-fraud features such as digital shredding and AlphaGuard watermark capability are ideal for companies looking for added security features.
  • AlphaGuard watermark technology
    Unique to the AlphaCard PRO printers is an exclusive technology that adds a hologram-like image to the top of your card. This watermarked image requires no additional lamination or lamination ribbons for an affordable option to other ID card printers with similar features. Easily choose between five watermark designs with the PRO 550's interface. For something more individualized for your company, one free custom AlphaGuard grid design is included with each printer and can be redeemed within 30 days of purchase.
  • Fast & efficient print speeds
    Don't waste time waiting for your ID cards to print with slow printing printers. With the PRO 550, a single-sided full color YMCKO card prints in 23 seconds. That's 11 seconds faster than the older PRO model printers! If your badges don't require full color, the AlphaCard PRO 550 has the ability to print monochrome cards in only six seconds - an exceptional upgrade from the PRO 500 printer.
  • Secure digital shredding
    Designed to add an extra layer of protection to the data of your business, the 550 ID printer includes advanced digital shredding technology. Fragmentation of data after each print job makes data irrecoverable and ensures that the PRO 550 ID card printer is not a repository of data. This feature is ideal for businesses that need to meet certain data security requirements.
  • Optional magnetic stripe encoding
    For added ID card security, the PRO 550 badge maker offers magnetic encoding (ISO 7811 compliant) making your ID cards magnetic stripe compatible.
  • Optional dual-sided printing
    Upgrading your printer just got easier with the PRO 550's dual-sided upgrade kit. This kit allows you to maximize the real estate on both side of your cards and can instantly be added to any PRO 550 printer through the USB or Ethernet connectivity.

Ideal Applications

  • Corporate IDs
  • Membership cards
  • Gift cards
  • Customer loyalty
  • Health Cards
  • Mass transit
  • Student IDs
Card Sizes AcceptedCR80 - standard PVC or PET (CR80 is the size of a standard credit card)
Card Thickness Accepted20-40 mil
Printer Color CapabilityColor & monochrome printing, plus monochrome rewritable printing
Print Resolution DPI300 DPI
Input Hopper Capacity100
InterfaceUSB & Ethernet
OS CompatibilityWindows Server 2008, 2012, 2016,Windows 7 (32- & 64-bit), Windows 8 (32- & 64-bit) & Windows 10 (32- & 64-bit), Mac OS X 10.5 & newer, Linux with CUPS support
Printer OptionsEncoding -
  • ISO magnetic stripe
  • Single-sided and dual-sided printing
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

3 Years

Weight & Dimensions10.9 lbs (4.98 kg), 16'' x 8.5'' x 9.5'' (408mm x 215mm x 242mm)

AlphaCard PRO 550

AlphaCard PRO 550 User Manuals

Find the latest version of the AlphaCard PRO 550 user manual & other downloads below:
- AlphaCard PRO 550 Advanced Security

AlphaCard PRO 550 Support

ID Wholesaler has the most knowledgeable and well-trained in-house technical support department in the industry. Unlike other retailers, we don't send your printer back to the manufacturer -- we fix it, fast! We offer TrueSupport Plans plans for your AlphaCard PRO 550:
- See our AlphaCard PRO 550 TrueSupport Coverage Plan

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