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Introducing Magicard PRONTO100: THE FASTEST & SMALLEST ID CARD PRINTER

Introducing Magicard PRONTO100: THE FASTEST & SMALLEST ID CARD PRINTER

The Magicard Pronto 100 is the perfect printer for smaller organizations printing low volumes of cards. The Pronto 100 is one of the best in class offers high quality prints at fast speeds with added security options.  

Fast 

With full color print speeds of just 18 seconds per card, it'll save you time on both operation  and set up. Its plug and play style set up and simple interface means you'll be ready to print in a  matter of minutes. 

 

 

Quick Setup, Easy to Use. 

With full color print speeds of just 18 seconds per card, it'll save you time on both operation  and set up. Its plug and play style set up and simple interface means you'll be ready to print in a  matter of minutes. 

 

 

 

HD Print, as Standard! 

  This leaves you with a beautifully crisp, ultra-realistic colors that can be printed edge-to-edge,  providing you with outstanding quality cards. 

 

 

Security 

Digital data shredding means that every piece of data sent to the printer is fragmented after  the print job is complete. Holokote watermark can be printed on every card, increasing security  - and you can choose from three new designs. 

 

 

Small foot print, light weight. 

It's packed full of features but doesn't compromise on size and convenience. Its footprint is  smaller than an A4 sheet of paper and it weighs just 2.9kgs, making it portable and able to fit  easily into any environment. 

 

 

For more information on this printer please see the attached datasheet or call a member of our team. 

Understanding the Differences Between Direct-to-Card and Retransfer

Understanding the Differences Between Direct-to-Card and Retransfer

When it comes to card printing, there are two primary options that consumers can choose from–direct-to-card and retransfer.  

What’s the difference between a direct-to-card and retransfer printer?  

It’s one of the most common questions we get to asked. 

Direct-to-Card(DTC)

  • Text and images are printed directly to the surface of the card through heat and pressure. This method the printhead comes into direct contact with the card’s surface during the printing process. 
  • Edge-to-Edge printing 
  • Capable of printing large quantities of cards in a short amount of time. 
  • 300 dpi resolution 
  • DTC printers are generally less expensive than retransfer printers.  
  • Consumables costs also tend to be lower as no additional film is required when printing directly to the card. 

Retransfer

  • Text and images are first printed onto a clear film. Through heat and pressure, the film is then “transferred” or fused to the surface of the card. 
  • Over-the-Edge printing 
  • 600 or greater dpi resolution 
  • Retransfer printers are generally more expensive than DTC printers. 
  • Additional consumables (retransfer film) are required which can increase overall cost-per-card. 

 You can find our complete range on our ID card printers page or, if you’d like more tips before purchasing a printer, we’ve got an ID expert to give you some more helpful pointers. 

  • Jahaziel Romero
Quick Facts About Retransfer Printer

Quick Facts About Retransfer Printer

Retransfer Printers

Also called a “reverse transfer,” “over-the-edge,” or “high-definition” printer, retransfer ID card printers are a relatively new technology. This style of printer uses ink ribbon and film to print onto cards.

  • Slower Printing Speeds 
  • Superior Image quality with full “over the edge” printing 

If you need a crisp, clear image with vibrant colors, retransfer technology offers the superior image quality in the  card printer industry. It allows the image to be applied to the entire surface of the card making it look very  professional. 

  • Recommended cards for this printer are “composite cards” due to higher heat used in print process 

Retransfer printers allow more flexibility to print on a wider variety of cards. This includes pre-punched cards, key tag cards, contact smart cards, or any type of technology card that has an antenna or circuit embedded in the card.

  • Constantly Evolving 

It is pigment-based inks which enabling high-resolution printing and also allowing micro-text printing, which  adds extra security. Pigment ink technology also resists fading and leeching in plastic badge holders and it  is 600 DPI print resolution – tighter print resolution and fine line detail. 

Since there are many different selections for retransfer printers, it is always a best idea to speak with ID experts to help guarantee that you choose the machine that ultimately fits your card printing requirements. 

  • Jahaziel Romero
Edge-to-Edge Printing vs. Over-the-Edge Printing

Edge-to-Edge Printing vs. Over-the-Edge Printing

What is edge-to-edge printing? 

  • Edge-to-edge printing is a common print style with direct-to-card ID card printers.
  • It leaves a slim border around the surface of your printed ID card. 
  • The border isn't printed; rather it's a small area of the card to which no print was applied. 
  • It is generally more affordable. 
  • Cards with a white border tend to look a little less professional than their border-free counterparts. 

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What is over-the-edge printing? 

  • This print method is available on reverse-transfer printers, also known as retransfer printers. 
  • It leaves no visible border around the edges of your printed ID card. 
  • The film fuses to the entire surface of the card, leaving no border.
  • It is a more expensive option, but it produces a higher-quality, more professional ID card. 

Now that you know the difference between edge-to-edge printing and over-the-edge printing, it's time to get yourself a new machine! 

ID Card Printer VS Inkjet Printer

ID Card Printer VS Inkjet Printer

You want a professional image? Don’t let a household printer and paper represent your brand. 

As the regularly require ID cards for identification and security - Education, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Retail, and Transport sectors around the world, so does the number of ways you can create them. 

Recently, inkjet kits have been launched which make it possible for inkjet printers to print onto PVC cards. From functionality to quality, there’s a significant difference between PVC card printing and inkjet card printing. We should look at how this compares to printing an ID card on a specially designed card printer which comes with security built-in. 

 

INKJET PRINTER 

The inkjet printing is water-based. Regular inkjet printers will not print on standard PVC plastic cards without smudging. Recently, suppliers have started offering kits, these kits come with special inkjet-specific PVC cards and a replacement tray that works in conjunction with an inkjet printer. 

Inkjet card kit printing simply lacks the security of PVC ID card printing. Security options are limited. 

Print quality is also an issue, the home printer ink will lay on top of the card which means it can be easily rubbed off, creating a potential for fraud and requiring more frequent replacement. 

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ID CARD PRINTER 

Dye sublimation is the process where the printhead heats the printer ribbon and the ink vaporizes and bonds with the plastic card. This type of printing produces average quality cards at higher print speeds. Also, provides a more durable and color-rich result. 

Many ID printers have security options built-in. Magicard printers offer the patented, original HoloKote® and Custom HoloKote® security features as well as holograms and lamination. 

The HoloKote image is frosted into the clear overcoat application of the standard print process resulting in a watermark like layer that can be visually verified when the card is tilted in the light. 

The average lifespan of an ID card printer is 5 years. Some have seen theirs last longer! How long does your standard inkjet printer last? 

 

If you’re looking to create robust, highly secure cards that are counterfeit-proof then using a specifically designed ID card printer is the only way to be confident in the results. 

Checklist - for your ID Card Printer

Checklist - for your ID Card Printer

You already have your ID card printer. What other items should you consider to complete your ID card system? 

Here’s a list to use as a guide! 

  • Card Printer Training - learn from our ID expert, a peace of mind knowing you have been trained by a professional and had all your questions answered 
  • Ribbons, Cleaning Kits & Supplies – ensure high printing quality with genuine supplies 
  • Plastic Cards – stock up on cards so that you won’t run out 
  • ID Software – allows you to easily design ID cards, manage and store cardholder information, communicate with databases, and add functionality.  
  • Camera – professional-looking photos for your IDs 
  • Signature Pad capture your user’s signature quick and easy 
  • Lanyard & Lace - to ensure that your ID is visible at all times 
  • Card Holders – keep your ID protected and increases the lifespan of your cards 
  • Slot Punch – punch a hole or slot in your ID card – it can hang from a strap clip, lanyard, lace or reel. 

We’ll help you figure out which card printer supplies you need to keep your ID card program running efficiently and effectively!