ID card printers come with a wide variety of features so you can find one that meets your card printing needs. But do you know the key differences between low, mid, and high-volume printers?
Printers designed for low volume printing are ideal for small organizations without many employees or members to print cards for, so they do not need to print large batches of cards. This allows a small organization to save money, as low-volume printers are generally cheaper than their larger counterparts but still have options for encoding, Ethernet, and more.
Mid-volume ID card printers work for the majority of card printing needs – their ability to batch print cards saves time and effort for any organization that needs to print multiple cards at a time without the slower printing of a single-feed printer.
These printers come in single or dual-sided printing, with options for encoding, Ethernet, and more. Their hoppers may range from 100 card input/30 card output like the AlphaCard PRO 500, to the 100 card input/25 card output hoppers of the Datacard SD260, or up to 100 card input/40 card output hoppers of the IDP Smart-50.
If you need to print large numbers of cards quickly and efficiently, you’ll want a high-volume ID card printer. Used by larger organizations like schools to print student and staff IDs at the start of each school year, these printers have larger hoppers to minimize down time between print jobs.
High-volume card printers are available with the standard single or dual-sided, encoding, and Ethernet options found with other card printers; they also tend to have more advanced options including lamination.
High-volume ID cards printers include the Zebra ZXP Series 7 with a 200 card input hopper and 100 card output hopper, the IDP Smart-70 with a 500 card input hopper and 100 card output hopper, and the reverse transfer Fargo HDP5600 with a 100 card input hopper and 200 card output hopper.