AlphaCard Compass ID Card System


AlphaCard Compass ID Card System


System Includes: AlphaCard Compass printer, AlphaCard ID card software, 300-print color ribbon, and 300 premium blank cards

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MSRP: $2,200
Starting Price: $1,249

You Save: $951 (43%)

As Configured: $1,249

AlphaCard Compass ID Card System


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This affordable complete photo ID card system makes it easy to produce professional quality ID cards for a wide range of applications from employee and student ID programs to membership and loyalty clubs, and much more.

Optional magnetic stripe encoding allows your organization to store data on your cards, a popular feature in ID cards used for to pull up cardholder information including student ID cards, library cards, retail rewards programs, and gym membership cards.

Batch printing cards is easy with the 100 card input hopper and 30 card output hopper, saving you time and effort over printers that require you to manually hand-feed each card. The AlphaCard Compass prints cards quickly and efficiently, taking just 35 seconds for full-color cards and 7 seconds for monochrome.

The AlphaCard Compass ID card printer comes with the built-in AlphaGuard watermark system – this lets you burn a hologram-like watermark over the top of your finished cards for easier card identification that makes your cards harder to tamper with or duplicate for added security. And the AlphaGuard watermark system comes at no additional cost and requires no special supplies or materials!

Dual-sided printing is the easiest way to add additional information to your ID cards by utilizing the space on both sides of the card. The AlphaCard Compass dual-sided printer works by printing the front side of the card, automatically printing it, and then printing on the back side of the card.

Magnetic stripe encoding allows your organization to store data on your cards, a popular feature in ID cards used for to pull up cardholder information including student ID cards, library cards, retail rewards programs, and gym membership cards.

This AlphaCard Compass Complete Photo ID Card Printer System with AlphaCard ID Software comes with everything you need to start printing ID cards: Compass printer, AlphaCard ID card software, 300 print YMCKO ribbon, 300 blank cards, and your exclusive AlphaCare30 membership.

Key features of the AlphaCard Compass:

  • Built-in AlphaGuard watermark system
  • Single-sided printer
  • Full color cards in 35 seconds
  • Monochrome cards in 7 seconds
  • 100 card input hopper, 30 card output hopper
  • Dye sublimation printing technology
  • Optional Dual Sided printer & Magnetic stripe encoding

Secure Cards with AlphaGuard

Your AlphaCard Compass comes equipped with free AlphaGuard – a unique printing technology that allows you to print a holographic-like watermark image over your cards, using no additional materials or upgrades! This helps to prevent counterfeiting of fake cards, card tampering to alter cardholder data, and makes it easier to authenticate real cards.

Rewritable Card Technology

In addition to the traditional printing process, you can print rewritable cards with the AlphaCard Compass. Using specialized rewritable cards that are made from temperature-sensitive materials, you can print on, erase, and reprint each card up to 500 times to save on supplies. Please note that rewritable cards are only available in blue or black, and do monochrome printing only.

Exclusive AlphaCare30 Membership

Your purchase includes an AlphaCare30 membership which gives you exclusive access to expert technical resources for 30 days. You must active your membership within one week. This program also grants you access to our professionally designed and customizable card templates for your AlphaCard ID Suite software.

Card Design Software for PC or Mac

Card design software makes it quick and easy to design cards, print them, and manage your cardholder database. With software features ranging from the very basic up to advanced design options, you'll find software and database options for ID card programs of every size.

Powerful AlphaCard ID Suite PC Software

AlphaCard ID Suite Light makes it trouble-free to design custom ID cards with text, photos, logos, barcodes, and more to fit your organization's unique needs. With the pre-defined card template you can start designing your IDs instantly, or create your own design with just a few easy steps. AlphaCard ID Suite Light edition comes with a built-in database to hold up to 200 records, so you can quickly access your cardholder information.

AlphaCard ID Suite v11 is now fully Windows 10 compatible and supported. As Microsoft releases ongoing Windows 10 updates, you can rest assured that users of AlphaCard ID Suite v11 will receive continuous support for this Windows 10 compatible software.

Powerful AlphaCard Badge Builder for Mac Software

If you will be designing and printing cards from a Mac computer, you'll need to select the AlphaCard Badge Builder Mac-compatible software. AlphaCard Badge Builder is easy to use and comes in several different editions with a wide range of powerful design and database features. This software is compatible with Mac OSX 10.5 and above.

AlphaCard Badge Builder Basic edition comes with a built-in database to store your cardholder information. This database holds up to 300 records, 100 if you are storing photos in the database.

AlphaCard Badge Builder Basic is entry-level software with a built-in database that holds up to 300 records (100 with photos). AlphaCard Badge Builder Standard has an unlimited built-in database, or connections for an external XLS, XLSX, CSV, or TXT database. AlphaCard Badge Builder Professional connects with external SQLite and MSAccess databases, and allows for multi-layout card designs. AlphaCard Badge Builder Elite is the most advanced version with ODBC connections to an external database and user management.

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Technical Specs

AlphaCard Compass

Printer Coverage
3 years
Loaner Coverage
Printhead Coverage
3 years
Print Technology
Dye Sublimation
Re-Writable Printing
Card Capacity
Input Hopper
Output Hopper
Single Feed Mode
Print Speed
Full Color
35 seconds
7 seconds
Avg. Cost Per Card
Single-Sided Color
Single-Sided Black
Max. Ribbon Yield
Single-Sided Color
Single-Sided Black
Accepted Card Sizes
Card Thickness
20-40 mil
Features Call if options aren't available online
Available Encoding Options
Contact Card
Contactless Card
Magnetic Stripe
Available Factory Options
Dual Sided
Available Field Upgrades
Dual Sided
Magnetic Stripe
Visual Security Features
AlphaGuard Watermark Technology
Printer Lock Options
Connection Type
OS Compatibility
Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard
Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard
Mac OSX 10.7 Lion
Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion
Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks
Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite
Mac OSX 10.11 El Capitan
Windows XP - 32 bit
Windows XP - 64 bit
Windows Vista (32 Bit)
Windows Vista (64 Bit)
Windows 7 (32 Bit)
Windows 7 (64 Bit)
Windows 8 (32 Bit)
Windows 8 (64 Bit)
Windows 10 - 32 bit
Windows 10 - 64 bit
Windows 2003 Server - 32 bit
Windows 2003 Server - 64 bit
Windows 2008 Server - 32 bit
Windows 2008 Server - 64 bit
Mac Compatible
Physical Specs
9.2” L x 17.8” W x 8.1” H
12 lbs
Available MPNs
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AlphaCard Compass ID Card Printer
This printer can be upgraded with magnetic stripe encoding to hold cardholder data. If upgrading to magnetic stripe encoding, be sure to also select magnetic stripe cards.
* = Required Option
ID Software for Mac or PC
* = Required Option
AlphaCard Pilot/Compass YMCKO Ribbon & 300 Premium Blank Cards
* = Required Option
As Configured: $1,249