AlphaCard PRO 500 ID Card System


AlphaCard PRO 500 ID Card System


MSRP: $2,970
Starting Price: $1,798

You Save: $1,172 (39%)

As Configured: $1,798

AlphaCard PRO 500 ID Card System


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The newest mid-volume ID card system, the AlphaCard PRO 500 system makes it easy to batch print professional quality cards. Backed by an industry-leading four year warranty, all PRO series printers include free lifetime AlphaCare support and a full year of AlphaCarePlus ($298 value).

Flexible & Intuitive Card Printing

The PRO 500 printer is designed for mid-sized card printing jobs with a 100 card input hopper and a 30 card output hopper. An alternate single-feed slot is available for one-off card printing.

Choose dual-sided printing when ordering your PRO 500 for the ability to print dual-sided cards with no effort, right out of the box. If you decide later on that you want to upgrade your printer, dual-sided printing can be added with a simple drop-in upgrade.

The PRO 500 uses high quality dye film ribbons, available in several different styles. For full colored cards, choose a YMCKO ribbon which includes an overcoat panel to protect the card and print the AlphaGuard design. For dual-sided cards, choose a YMCKOK ribbon.

Black monochrome ribbons are available with or without an overcoat panel (choose the overcoat ribbon if you want an AlphaGuard watermark on your monochrome cards). There are also monochrome ribbons in a variety of other colors and metallic finishes.

Built-In AlphaGuard Watermark Technology

Print secure ID cards at no additional cost with the built-in AlphaGuard technology using standard printer ribbons and cards.

The hologram-style watermarks are easy to see when light is reflected off the card, but don't interfere with your card design. AlphaGuard makes it easier to identify authentic cards and deters card tampering or duplication.

Choose from four pre-set grid design:

  • Secure shield grid
  • Globe grid
  • Geometric box grid
  • Wavelength grid

You can choose from these designs, and control other AlphaGuard settings, through the printer driver.

AlphaCard PRO 500 Features
  • Single or dual-sided dye sublimation printing
  • Built-in AlphaGuard watermark
  • Full color, single-sided cards in 35 seconds, monochrome in 7
  • 100 card input hopper, 30 card output hopper
  • USB & Ethernet connections
  • 4 year warranty with Pro-Xchange
AlphaCarePlus Free for One Year

For a limited time the PRO 500 includes a free year of AlphaCarePlus service and support, a savings of $298. AlphaCarePlus goes beyond the services offered in the free AlphaCare support included with every printer:

  • Setup assistance & training
  • VIP phone & email support
  • 30-day printer upgrade program
  • Free software updates
  • Annual printer check-up
  • Advanced configuration help
  • 25% off extended services

AlphaCarePlus must be activated within 30 days of purchase.

PRO 500 Warranty & Pro-Xchange

The AlphaCard PRO 500 ID card printer is backed by a four year warranty and a three year printhead warranty.

To make printer repairs easier, the PRO 500 includes Pro-Xchange – a program that takes the hassle out of the printer repair process by sending you a comparable printer as a permanent replacement instead of making you send in your printer, wait for it to be repaired, and then sent back to you.

Printer Options

The PRO 500 comes with these printer options:

  • Dual-sided printing
  • Magnetic stripe encoding

What Comes in the Box:

  • AlphaCard PRO 500 ID card printer
  • AlphaCard ID Suite Light software
  • Digital ID camera
  • 300 premium AlphaCard blank PVC cards
  • Full color YMCKO ribbon –300 prints
  • Lifetime AlphaCare support
  • One year free AlphaCarePlus support
Card Design Software For PC and Mac

Your PRO 500 system comes with powerful AlphaCard software, available for both PC and Mac users.

AlphaCard ID Suite Light – PC

AlphaCard ID Suite Light software is a user-friendly software made to design custom cards, build your cardholder database, and manage information with just a few clicks.

AlphaCard ID Suite Light edition gives you access to basic card design features including text, graphics, cardholder photos, and barcodes. The built-in database can hold up to 200 records, so your cardholder information is always available.

AlphaCard ID Builder – Mac

For users with a Mac computer, your system comes with AlphaCard ID Builder software. AlphaCard ID Builder comes in several different editions with a wide range of features.

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

Please Note: This printer's Mac driver does not support barcode or magnetic stripe encoding.

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Technical Specs

AlphaCard PRO 500

Printer Coverage
4 years
Loaner Coverage
Pro-Xchange Program
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
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
Windows 2012 Server - 32 bit
Windows 2012 Server - 64 bit
Mac Compatible
Physical Specs
9.2” L x 17.8” W x 8.1” H
15 lbs
Available MPNs
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AlphaCard PRO 500 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 PRO Series YMCKO/YMCKOK Ribbon Card System Bundle
This system includes one YMCKO Color Ribbon for 300 single sided prints. If you choose the dual sided printer, you may want to choose the YMCKOK ribbon for 250 dual sided prints with a color front & black back. Both bundles include 300 premium blank PVC cards. If you are upgrading to the magnetic stripe encoding version of this printer, be sure to select the appropriate magnetic stripe bundle.
* = Required Option
ID Camera
* = Required Option
All AlphaCard PRO printers also include a free year of AlphaCarePlus support, a savings of $298. AlphaCarePlus® goes above and beyond standard AlphaCare services to include priority phone support, free software updates, an annual printer check-up, and other advanced services.
As Configured: $1,798