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Single-Sided Systems

Shop & Compare Single-Sided ID Card Systems

ID Wholesaler has bundled everything you need to start printing single-sided cards into a convenient, money-saving system. Each of our single-sided card printing systems includes an ID card printer, photo ID camera, ID card design software, blank PVC cards, and a color ribbon, plus toll-free technical support from our in-house tech support team. Browse our single-sided systems and compare single-sided printers by Fargo, Magicard, Evolis, Zebra, IDP, Datacard, Nisca, and EDIsecure.

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    Evolis ZeniusID ID Card System Single-Sided
    Item#: Evolis-ZeniusID-System
    MSRP $1,934.00
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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 50600 DTC1250e ID Card System Single-Sided
    Item#: 50600
    Price $2,118.99 MSRP $3,030.56
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  4. 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
    You Save: $664.49
    • Direct to card printing
    • Single-sided printing
    • Includes supplies
    • Warranty: 3 years
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    Fargo 89300 HDP5000 ID Card System Single-Sided
    Item#: 89300
    Price $4,729.99 MSRP $6,494.80
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  6. Magicard Pronto Photo ID System - Single-Sided
    Magicard Pronto Photo ID System - Single-Sided
    Item#: Magicard-Pronto-System
    Price $1,285.89 MSRP $2,186.80
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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
    You Save: $199.01
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    Evolis Zenius Expert ID Card System Single-Sided
    Item#: ZeniusExpertSystem
    MSRP $2,146.00
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    Evolis Zenius Classic ID Card System Single-Sided
    Item#: ZeniusSystem
    MSRP $1,946.00
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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 89600 HDP5000 ID Card System Single-Sided
    Item#: HDP5000System1
    Price $4,170.99 MSRP $5,078.92
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  12. Zebra ZXP Series 7 Single-Sided ID Card System
    Zebra ZXP Series 7 Single-Sided ID Card System
    Item#: ZXPSeries7Bundle1
    MSRP $3,861.93
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Have Questions about Single-Sided ID Systems? We Have Answers!

Why Choose an ID system?

Get up and running quickly and easily with one of our single-sided ID systems! While an ID card printer can be purchased as a stand-alone piece of equipment, it does not come with all of the necessary supplies to begin making cards. It's very important to also get the supplies necessary for card production, especially for first-time card printer users.

Our bundled systems contain supplies and equipment that seamlessly work together. Most systems include a printer, software, ribbon, camera, and cards. Plus, each system can easily be customized to varying needs. For example, you can change the type of card, add printer features (such as encoding, lamination, etc.), upgrade to a more advanced ID camera or ID software, and add extended warranty and/or loaner coverage.

Not only can a system make your purchase decision easier, it is also easy on the pocketbook. Buying a bundled ID system costs less than if the items were purchased individually! ID systems are a convenient and economical way to establish a card printing program at your organization.

Can I Print on Both Sides of my Cards with a Single-Sided ID System?

Technically, yes, you can print one side of your cards with a single-sided ID system, load them back into your card hopper and send them through your printer again to print the other side. However, this is not only time consuming, it's also not recommended by any of the card printer manufacturers as this practice tends to damage the sensitive printheads in card printers.

When you handle your cards after printing them, the cards will collect dust and debris from the air and oils from your hands. Putting cards that have been handled in this way back into your single-sided card printer brings these contaminates into contact with your printer's printhead. This practice commonly causes printhead pixel damage which will not only affect the quality of your printed card output, it will also be expensive to fix. Once a printhead is damaged, the only way to fix it is to replace it with a new one. Plus, damage to a printhead from this type of non-standard use may even void printer warranty coverage.

There are many single-sided systems that offer easy upgrades to dual-sided printing as your needs change. Shop for a dual-sided system if you need to print to both sides of your cards now.

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

Direct-to-card and retransfer are the two choices available in card printing technology. Direct-to-card is the most common type of card printing, with images being printed directly onto the surface of cards. In retransfer printing, also known as reverse transfer, images are printed to a clear 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 single-sided ID systems 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 single-sided ID systems 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.
What is Rewritable Technology?

Rewritable single-sided ID systems 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 single-sided ID system 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.

Should I Consider a Laminating Single-Sided Card Printer?

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 single-sided laminating ID system 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!