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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), and a limited 4-year warranty
  • 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 affordable AlphaCard PRO 550 single-sided ID card printer is the leader of the pack when it comes to printing visually secure ID cards for your organization. Ramp up quickly and economically by integrating this low-cost ID card printer with the infrastructure of your existing network. The PRO 550 ID card printer is the second model to feature the AlphaGuard watermark technology and digital shredding. In direct response to a growing global demand for the regulation of personal information, digital shredding technology protects confidential data by fragmenting the information on an ID card and rendering it useless. The ideal printer choice for small businesses, schools, and more, the AlphaCard 550 printer is engineered with the advanced technology and printing features your business requires.

  • Secure AlphaGuard Watermark Technology
    Add a new level of visual security to your credentials with built-in AlphaGuard technology. By incorporating a hologram-like watermark across printed cards, there's no need to purchase additional printer supplies. It's also significantly easier to validate geniune ID cards and identify tampered or counterfeit cards. Choose from four standard AlphaGuard designs that come pre-loaded in the printer driver. As a special bonus with the AlphaCard PRO 550 ID card printer, you'll also get one Custom AlphaGuard - a $598 savings - absolutely free! Choose from four secure designs that are repeated 24 times in a 4x6 grid over the face of the card. Easily turn the AlphaGuard watermark on and off or to hide sections of the grid with the intuitive printer driver. Learn More about AlphaGuard.

  • Secure printing features
    To protect your cardholder and business data, the 550 printer includes our new digital shredding security feature. With digital shredding, the data sent to your card printer for each print job is fragmented after use so your printer cannot be used to see what has been printed and access your cardholder information. This feature is ideal for organizations that need to meet data security standards.

  • Photographic quality images
    Capable of color printing at 300 x 300 dpi (dots per inch), the 550 ID badge maker from AlphaCard takes advantage of a wider color spectrum which offers vibrant and color-rich output. This allows for a more authentic representation of the imagery that's used on ID cards for an accurate portrayal of corporate logos and other images.

  • Fast print speeds
    Perfect for low- to medium-sized print jobs, the PRO 550 card printer features a 100-card feeder with a 70-card stacker. Like more expensive ID card printer models, the PRO 550 boasts faster print speeds - minus the expensive price! This value-packed badge maker prints up to 160 full-color or 720 monochrome single-sided cards per hour - as fast as more expensive models. Using dye-sublimation print this affordable ID card printer provides photo-quality, 300 dpi resolution for the best-looking credentials made for less.

  • Industry leading warranty protection
    Manufactured to the highest standard, the AlphaCard PRO 550 ID card printer is backed by a four year warranty.

  • Standard USB 2.0, USB 3.0-enabledd & Ethernet connectivity
    Forget about having to limit you card program to a single standalone badging station. High-speed USB 2.0, 3.0 and Ethernet connectivity are included on the PRO 550 ID card printer. This enables users to operate a card printing application over a network and upgrades and updates are a simple download away.

  • Customize your printer to your needs with:

  • Encoding - Optional
    With the AlphaCard 550 badge printer, you can depend on flexibility and convenience with the magnetic stripe encoding option. The magnetic strip feature is ISO 7816-compliant and givesyour cards an added layer of sercurity that they may need.

  • Dual-sided printing Optional
    Optimize the printable area on both sides of credentials by easily upgrading to the AlphaCard 550 dual-sided ID card printer for duplex printing. Our electronic upgrade kit makes it simple and quick.
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
Warranty4 years warranty with loaner coverage
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 Brochure

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

Technical Support

Our team is able to assist you 7:30am-4:00pm CT, Monday-Friday.
- See our technical support page for contact options