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Magicard dual-sided ID card printers use advance direct to card and retransfer printing technology. Giving you quality, durability and security for your badge printing program, Magicard dual-sided printers feature a standard dual-input card hopper, password protection, built-in erase/rewrite, standard Ethernet connectivity, and 3-year warranty that includes 1 year of loaner coverage with. Get yours today, and save money with our guaranteed low prices and FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $100!

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Should I Choose a Direct-To-Card or Retransfer Dual-Sided Magicard Printer?

Direct-to-card and retransfer are the two choices available in card printing technology. Direct-to-card technology is the most common type of card printing, with images being printed directly onto the surface of cards. In retransfer printing, also known as HDP printers, images are printed to a clear HDP film that is then heat-sealed to the surface of cards. Both types of printing create good quality images, but there are some important differences:

  • Direct-to-card printers are sensitive to card imperfections. The effects of this sensitivity include: (1) Card printing that doesn't cover the entire surface of the card. Since your printhead should not come in contact with the edge of cards, a thin white border will be left around the edge of your printed cards. (2) Difficulty printing on technology cards. If you're printing too close to the raised areas of a technology card, such as a contact chip, your printhead is at risk for damage. You may also get inconsistent print quality on technology cards because of the uneven card surface.
  • Retransfer printers are not sensitive to card imperfections. With this technology, the printhead does not come in direct contact with the card, therefore the potential for printhead damage is limited. Images can cover the entire card surface and you can safely print on proximity cards, smart cards, pre-punched cards, key tags, etc.

The Magicard line-up includes two dual-sided direct-to-card printer models: the Magicard Enduro and Rio Pro. Choose a dual-sided Magicard direct-to-card printer if you if you will be printing on both sides of a basic PVC card and don't mind having an unprinted, white edge on cards.

The Magicard line-up includes one dual-sided retransfer printer models: the Magicard Prima 4. Choose a dual-sided Magicard retransfer card printer if you will be printing on both sides of a technology card (smart cards, prox cards, etc.) or if you prefer "over-the-edge" prints.

What is Rewritable Technology?

Rewritable dual-sided ID card printers are a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly card printing solution when the data printed on cards needs to be updated frequently, such as visitor ID cards.

Rewrite printing doesn't require a ribbon, but does require the use of special rewritable cards. In rewrite printing, heat is used to ‘print' information onto the heat-sensitive material contained in rewritable cards. This technology allows you to erase and reprint cards hundreds of times! Rewritable cards may be printed with a permanent full-color image on one part of the card, and the rewritable portion on the other. The rewritable portion of cards is generally offered with blue or black one-color printing.

Choose a dual-sided Magicard printer with rewrite capability if the data on your cards will be shared by many people or the data printed on them needs to be updated frequently.

Why Would I need to Laminate my Plastic Cards?

If you recall the old days of cutting and pasting an ID card together, lamination may confuse you a bit. You might wonder why you would need lamination when printing directly to plastic. In plastic card printing, lamination is a clear protective layer that is applied over the top of your printed cards by a printer with lamination capability. It offers three primary benefits to a plastic ID card:

  • Lamination extends the life of your card by protecting it from wear, such as being swiped in a magnetic stripe reader.
  • Lamination protects your cards from fading and dye migration when exposed to the sun.
  • Holographic lamination increases the security of your cards by making them difficult to copy.

Choose a dual-sided laminating Magicard card printer if your cards will be swiped in a mag stripe reader or will be worn in harsher environments, such as in the sun. Lamination will protect your cards from fading and extend their life so you'll need to reprint cards less frequently, saving you time and supplies costs!

What is HoloKote Technology?

HoloKote is an exclusive feature available only from Magicard. It allows you to print a watermark on your cards without any added costs. The watermark is printed during the normal card printing cycle using the O panel of a standard color ribbon; there is no need to purchase expensive holographic lamination! The HoloKote watermark becomes visible when the card is viewed at an angle and can be easily enabled or disabled in your printer driver.

HoloKote prints a watermark pattern of your choice repeatedly across your card. The Enduro and Rio Pro come equiped with four standard HoloKote designs: waves, keys, globes, or interlocking squares. When HoloKote is used along with Magicard HoloPatch cards, one area of the watermark becomes a high-visibility security seal with an appearance similar to a holographic patch, at a fraction of the cost.

The Rio Pro can also create custom HoloKote with your logo or other design of your choice. Plus, the Rio Pro you can alternatively print a single image across the entire card surface using HoloKote Flex. The Rio Pro comes equiped with one standard HoloKote Flex design.