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Fargo DTC1000 Photo ID Card Printer Review

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Fargo DTC1000 ID Card PrinterIf your business or organization uses ID badges, PVC time cards or other photo identification, you should really consider printing your own cards in house. It is remarkably fast, about as easy as using a standard desktop printer and is much less expensive than outsourcing. One solid printer you may want to consider using is the Fargo DTC1000 (found here). This high-tech ID card printer is available in several different versions depending on what you want to print.

Fargo has been making high-end photo ID printers for well over a decade. I have personally used them to create ID badges and have always felt that the quality is right where it should be. One thing that I have been very impressed with is that as their technology improves, the prices seem to always get lower. I suppose that’s just the way it is with technology.

The latest addition of the DTC1000 brings quality and affordability to the user. This printer incorporates a lot of features and technology that you used to have to pay extra for. Here are a few of the new features that I particularly like:

  • Cleaning Roller – ID card printers use thermal print heads that begin to gum up and get dirty with repeated use. The results of a dirty print head can range anywhere from blurry images to incorrect colors or a complete failure of the print job. It used to be that you had to purchase a separate cleaning kit for proper maintenance on the printer. The DTC1000 now incorporates a cleaning roller in the printer ribbon itself. This means the DTC1000 now cleans the thermal print head using the same ribbon that is used to print cards. This is very cool.
  • ID Card Software – In order to create an ID card, you need software to lay out the design, template, text, picture and other information prior to printing. The Fargo DTC1000 includes Swift ID software. While it isn’t as robust as a photo ID software suite, it will allow you to quickly create a card and print it out. This is a huge plus in my book. I recommend you try out the included software and see what you think prior to purchasing 3rd party ID card software.

The Fargo DTC1000 is currently available in three different flavors. Each of the three designs also come with additional available modifications. The three versions are:

  1. DTC1000M Monochrome Printer (found here) – If you don’t need a lot of different colors and simply need clear, crisp data on a card, the DTC1000M is a good option. This printer can print in black and white or it can use several different colors of monochrome ribbons. It can still print edge-to-edge, can still be used with CR-80 and CR-79 card ranging in thickness from 9 to 40 mils thick. It can still print photos, text and even bar codes. It is also much faster than a color printer.
  2. DTC1000 Single Sided Printer (found here) – This is an excellent printer for full color single-sided printing. It can even print on the other side of the card with a second pass. You can buy this printer with a built-in print server, magnetic strip encoder or smart card encoder. It prints cards in a resolution of 300 dpi and takes about 24 seconds to print a card, which is a speed of about 150 cards a minute. This printer is extremely compact and sits nicely on just about any desk or table. It connects via a USB cable directly to a printer for easy setup. The print server version can be tied in directly with a network.
  3. DTC1000DS Double Sided Printer (found here) – This printer is very similar to the single sided version, but can print both sides of the card in a single pass. It is also available with a magnetic stripe encoder or an internal print server. It can print full color on both sides of the card, or it can be used with a YMCKOK ribbon that prints full color on one side and a single color on the back, saving cost on ribbons. This printer is highly versatile and extremely affordable for a double-sided printer.

All three of these printers are solid products and are extremely easy to use. I recommend businesses use these for creating ID badges, universities for student ID cards and for much more. They can even be used for creating novelty cards or by businesses for creating membership cards. You can find our entire selection of photo ID card printers here. If you still have questions about ID card printers, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We have years of experience with these machines and can help answer your questions.

Have you used the Fargo DTC1000? Post your feedback and experience with it here as a comment! Thanks for reading.

High Definition Printing – Introducing The New Fargo HDP5000

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

New Fargo HDP5000 ID Card PrinterWe just recently added the Fargo HDP5000 id card printer to our site a few days ago. While most ID card printers operate in a similar way, the HDP5000 does a few things that really separate itself apart from the competition. Here are a few things I have noticed.

First off, this printer claims to produce high definition printing. What does this mean? Well, apart from the marketing lingo, it means this printer can create some of the most realistic and crisp images available in digital ID card printing today. In technical terms, this printer can print up to 16.7 million colors at 256 shades per pixel.

Fargo HD5000 Printing ProcessThis printer prints the image, text and other data onto a layer that is then fuzed to the target card’s surface. Why is this important? Because it means the Fargo HDP5000 can print on uneven surfaces, such as cards with embedded electronics. The technical jargon for this is HDP® dye-sublimation / resin thermal transfer.

The Fargo HDP5000 is available in several variations, depending on the type of card you will be printing and the quantity you will be printing. This printer is available in a single and double-sided design and available in a standard or overlaminate design. The overlaminate coating, available on the LC versions, helps to prevent image wear and extends the life of the ID card / security badge.

You can view all versions of the new Fargo HDP5000 ID card printer here.

Introducing: The New Fargo DTC550 Series ID Printers

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Fargo DTC550 ID Card PrinterWe are proud to announce the addition of the Fargo DTC550 ID card printer. This printer comes in nine different variations. This includes single sided, double sided, printers capable of encoding magnetic stripes and models that include a lamination cartridge.

Fargo has been around for well over a decade and makes some of the most renowned ID card printer available today. The color and image sharpness looks lifelike, allowing for edge to edge printing without any issues.

Fargo ID card printers can be used to create ID cards, badges, novelty cards and much more. ID card software is so easy to use now that creating an ID badge template can be done by just about anyone.

You can view the new Fargo DTC-Series printers by going to these following links:

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