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. 



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. 



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! 

Visual Security Features | ID Card Printer

Visual Security Features | ID Card Printer

You can measure the effectiveness of your ID cards and badges is only as good as the security features you incorporate on them. To increase the safety and security of your cards it can protect against unauthorized use, tampering and counterfeiting. 

Visual security for ID cards makes it easy to spot fakes, imitation and fraud.



HoloKote® watermark technology that prints a hologram-like mark on the card during the normal print cycle using standard consumables (ribbons and cards). 

Standard HoloKote® - With all Magicard direct-to-card printers, you can select from four standard  secure HoloKote® designs using the printer driver. 

Custom HoloKote® / Custom HoloKote® Flex – With selected Magicard direct-to-card printers, you can personalize HoloKote watermark into the standard print process. This watermark could be an organization’s logo, or some other unique security design. 





Microtext is extremely tiny text that is printed onto the card somewhere, and it is hard to replicate if people don’t know to look for it. 







Ultraviolet (UV) or fluorescent printing adds yet another unique security element to an ID card. Images created with UV ink are invisible to the naked eye but come to life when viewed under ultraviolet light. 





Each of the feature above are valuable elements of visual security in ID cards worthy of consideration. 

If you need more information on – or desire assistance with – creating the right level of security for your organization’s ID cards and badges, contact one of our ID Experts. We’ll make it easy for you! 

  • Jahaziel Romero
Get Back to School and Work Safely

Get Back to School and Work Safely

With Covid-19 lockdown measures easing in many parts of the world, you may now also need to support the safe return to workplaces and school. Management needs to implement new processes and technologies to help keep students, teachers, employees and visitors safe.

The touchless plus temperature detection system would be obviously an integral part of requirements in providing immediate, visual scanning solutions.

FaceDeep 5 and FaceDeep 5 IRT would offer you a good choice. Best In Class of AI Based Smart Face Recognition Terminal with Infrared Thermal Temperature Detection.

  • Check temperature and mask accurately Accuracy ±0.3 °C (0.54 °F)
  • Widely adaptable to Various Conditions With the verification of over one million faces around the world, FaceDeep has become one of the most accurate face recognition terminals suitable for various environment and conditions.
  • Access Management By using an individual’s face as an access control credential, facial recognition eliminates the need and expense of physical cards or enter PIN codes. FaceDeep5 is the touchless, and prioritized the implementation of advanced biometric technology.
  • Time Attendance with Healthcare As a workforce management tool, FaceDeep 5 IRT helps keep employees  healthy when they go to work with temperature screening , providing detailed historical records of the entire employee activity, entrance control and mask detection.
  • Visitor Management FaceDeep 5 IRT rapidly scan visitors with elevated body temperature and customizes alerts and a variety of reporting for high-temperature notifications and no-mask wearing.
  • Best-in-Class ErgonomicsThe ergonomics design ensures an easy installation and can adopt different heights of people.


  • Jahaziel Romero
Card printer with wide range options

Card printer with wide range options

Card Printers have a wide range of options so you can select the printer that best matches your organization’s needs.  

Card printers are not just in single use but you can turn into multiple and cost-effective card programs. An ID card printer can do much more than print your identification cards. Here are some ideas to get you started: 

1. Visitor Passes 

It is used by businesses to control access and increase security by identifying the visitors entering the  facility. By issuing your visitor with a badge, it ensures that no unauthorized people are on your office. 

Visitor Passes might seem like a small thing, but they make a big impact. The best companies know that  paying attention to these kinds of details can make all the difference 

2. Calling or Business Cards 

Most businesses have a traditional paper business card. Business cards are a way to make a quick first impression on the recipients.  

So, stand out from the crowd with a unique business card printed on a plastic cardGive a personal touch and make an impression so that your clients will keep it. It can result to business opportunities. 

Also, printing your own business cards; you will have the complete control over the design and the quantity printed. 

Take note in in-house printing you don’t have to worry about sensitive information or data leaving your organizations. You don’t open yourself up to potential risks from outside sources. 

To get the most out of your investment, it is important that you select ID card printers that are best equipped to meet your needs. 

The final decision is down to you and if you're ready and you’d like to chat with one of our identification experts about our ID card printers don’t hesitate to get in touch! 

Perfect time to upgrade your card printer

Perfect time to upgrade your card printer

ID card printers play a role in many organizations. So how do you know when is the perfect time for your organization to invest on a new ID card printer?  

Here are the helpful recommendations to guide you in making your decision. 

It’s time to replace and upgrade your ID printer if: 


Unfortunately, your computer operating system will come out with an “upgrade”. These upgrades and patches can cause whole host of issues.  

As a result, you’ll either need to run your ID system on an old PC or look into trading in that old machine and upgrading to a printer that is compatible with your current operating system. 


Oftentimes organizations outgrow their ID card printers. But the good news is that there are card printers – such  as Magicard Enduro3E or Rio Pro 360 are upgradeable. It means it can easily upgrade the machine as your  requirements or needs change. 

For example, upgrading to dual-sided printing and encoding capabilities. Some of the card printer models do not  offer upgradeable features, and they require you to purchase a new model or trade in their old one. 


Over time, other components may begin to wear out. This time you need to determine whether it's more cost- effective to repair or if it’s time to purchase new one. Continual repairs to an outdated card printer can add up  or downtime for your card production. 

If you use an ID card printer numerous times per week and you get anywhere between three to five years out of it, you are getting good worth for your money. QUICK TIPBe sure to check out also the valuable discount or trade-in offers in the market to save big and take advantage of the promo for better card printing experience. 

As always, if you have questions about our current ID card printers, you can contact us and we are happy to help you out!