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Single-Sided Systems

Shop & Compare Single-Sided Fargo ID Card Systems

Fargo single-sided systems provide a break on overall cost by bundling card printers with necessary supplies and consumables. Each system includes a single-sided Fargo printer, ID card software, PVC cards, a print ribbon, and a web camera. In addition, retransfer systems include retransfer film and laminating systems include laminate. Shop and compare single-sided Fargo ID systems to determine what kind of printing technology and printer features are best for your printing program.

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    Fargo 89600 HDP5000 ID Card System Single-Sided
    Item#: HDP5000System1
    Price $4,170.99 MSRP $5,078.92
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    Fargo 89620 HDP5000-LC ID Card System Single-Sided with Lamination
    Item#: HDP5000System2
    Price $6,763.99 MSRP $7,738.98
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    Fargo 52600 DTC4250e ID Card System with Supplies - Single-Sided
    Item#: 52600
    Price $2,995.00 MSRP $4,193.96
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    Fargo DTC1500XE ID Card System Single-Sided
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    Price $2,337.99 MSRP $2,788.84
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    Fargo 50600 DTC1250e ID Card System Single-Sided
    Item#: 50600
    Price $2,118.99 MSRP $3,030.56
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  6. Fargo DTC4500e ID Card System Single-Sided
    Fargo DTC4500e ID Card System Single-Sided
    Item#: Fargo-DTC4500e-System1
    Price $3,336.99 MSRP $4,001.48
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    • Direct to card printing
    • Single-sided printing
    • Includes supplies
    • Warranty: 3 years
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  7. Fargo DTC4250e ID Card System Single-Sided
    Fargo DTC4250e ID Card System Single-Sided
    Item#: Fargo-DTC4250e-System1
    Price $2,810.99 MSRP $3,010.00
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    Fargo 55600 DTC4500e ID Card System Single-Sided
    Item#: 55600
    Price $3,691.99 MSRP $4,971.20
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    Fargo DTC1250e ID Card System Single-Sided
    Item#: Fargo-DTC1250e-System1
    Price $1,857.00 MSRP $1,858.00
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    Fargo 89640 HDP5000 ID Card System Dual-Sided
    Item#: HDP5000System3
    Price $5,185.99 MSRP $6,161.56
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Why Choose a Fargo ID System?
Fargo Singled-Sided ID Badge Printer Systems
Single-sided Fargo ID systems pair our best-selling Fargo simplex printers with all the supplies required to launch your ID card program. Alternatively, you can purchase a Fargo ID card printer as a standalone piece of equipment, but it is important to note that the printer itself does not come with everything you need to print cards.
In addition to a card printer, printing ID badges requires a printer ribbon, ID software, blank cards, and a camera for capturing ID photos. Our bundled Fargo systems contain supplies and equipment that seamlessly work together. Plus, you can customize your single-sided Fargo system by changing the type of cards included, adding printer features such as encoding or lamination, upgrading to a more advanced ID camera, and adding extended warranty and/or loaner coverage.
Buying an ID system greatly simplifies your purchasing process by guaranteeing compatibility across system conpmonents, plus they are more affordable than buying all components individually.
Can I Print on Both Sides of my Cards with a Single-Sided Fargo System?

Fargo Single-Sided ID Badges

Technically, yes. You can print one side of your cards, reload them into the hopper, then send them through your printer a second time to print onto the reverse side. However, this process is tedious and time-consuming, and it's not manufacturer-recommended because it tends to damage the printhead.

If cards are handled after they have been printed, they collect dust and debris from the air and oil from your hands. Loading printed cards into your single-sided Fargo printer directly exposes the printhead to these contaminates, which can cause pixel damage and compromised print quality. If the printhead is damaged, it has to be replaced, and printhead replacement can be expensive since damage resulting from non-standard use (such as using a single-sided machine to produce dual-sided cards) may void printer warranty coverage.

Not sure whether you need single-sided or dual-sided printing? Buy a single-sided Fargo system printer that is field-upgradeable for duplex printing, like the DTC1500, DTC4250e, DTC4500, HDP5000 or HDP5600. These Fargo models can be updated easily on-site after purchase.

Should I Choose a Direct-to-Card or Retransfer Single-Sided Fargo Printer?

Fargo ID Badge Border

Both direct-to-card and retransfer printing technologies yield professional quality images, but there are some important differences to consider when comparing printers:

Direct-to-card Technology

Direct-to-card printers are sensitive to card imperfections, which leads to less-than-full print coverage of the card surface. Since the printhead cannot come in contact with the edge of cards, the printer leaves a thin white border around the card perimeter. Direct-to-card technology also makes it difficult to print on technology cards, which have minutely raised areas that may put the printhead is at risk for damage or lead to inconsistent print quality.

Retransfer or HDP Technology

With this technology, the printhead does not come in direct contact with the card, which limits the potential for printhead damage. Images can cover the entire card surface and you can safely print on proximity cards, smart cards, pre-punched cards, key tags, etc.

What is Rewritable Technology?

ID Badge Rewrite Technology

Rewrite technology offers a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly way for organizations to produce ID cards for a short term use, such as visitor ID cards. After being printed and issued to a visitor, rewrite cards can be recycled, erased, and reprinted hundreds of times over.

Using a single-sided Fargo ID card printer for rewrite printing does not require a ribbon, but it does require the use of special rewriteable card stock. Rewrite card stock contains heat-sensitive material that can be manipulated to display blue or black monochrome text and imagery on the rewrite side of the card. The other side of rewrite card stock functions like a standard PVC card and can be printed in full-color.

Note: If you plan to utilize rewrite printing, be sure to add rewritable cards to your single-sided Fargo system before checkout.

Should I Consider a Laminating Single-Sided Fargo Printer?

Apply laminate to your printed cards using a HDP Fargo printer with lamination capability to:

  • Extend the life of your cards
  • Protect your cards from fading, dye migration, and UV exposure
  • Increase the security of your cards by making them difficult to copy
We recommend our laminating HDP Fargo systems if you will be swiping your printed credentials through a mag stripe reader daily or if your ID badges will be exposed to harsher environments (including prolonged exposure to the sun).