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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.

Polaroid P3000E Digital Photo ID Card Printer Review

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Polaroid P3000E Digital Photo ID Card PrinterDoes your business, school or organization need ID cards for security and organizational purposes? There are a few ways you can go about doing this. One of the most popular, and modern ways, is by using a digital ID card printer. If you decide to go this route, you should take a serious look at the Polaroid P3000E digital ID card printer (found here).

Years ago people used to take pictures using a Polaroid ID camera, with instant film, to create ID cards. This process usually involved die cutting the picture, gluing it to a card and laminating it. Polaroid now makes ID card printers that ultimately do the same thing, but print everything in full color on and PVC card. The end results look professional.

The Polaroid P3000E id card printer is a single-sided full color printer that is one of the most affordable models we offer that is capable of printing full color edge-to-edge at a speed of 160 full-color cards per minute. It can print text, full-color photos, bar codes and much more.

While designed for single-sided printing, you can do double-sided printing by flipping the cards and printing on the other side. The disadvantage to doing this is decreased speed (versus a double-sided ID printer) and the potential of scratching the printed side while printing the other.

This ID card printer is available in both monochrome and full-color designs. You can also get it with or without a magnetic stripe encoder. It is connected to a computer via a USB cable and works with Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7. The printer itself is as easy to set up as an inkjet printer. Drivers are included.

The quality on the Polaroid ID card printers is considered to be some of the best available and the print holds up well with use and time. The cards produced by the Polaroid P3000E ID card printer can be placed in a wallet, be put in a badge holder or be slot-punched for use with a lanyard.

One thing many people complain about with ID card printers is the printer ribbon. The Polaroid P3000E makes ribbon changing easy. Simply pull out the used cartridge and put the new one in. There is no difficult feeding or loading involved. I would compare it to being as easy as changing out the ink cartridge in your inkjet printer.

The Polaroid P3000E includes its own ID Card Maker photo ID software. For more complex Photo ID software needs, we do offer Card 5 ID card software, Asure ID software and EPISuite ID card software. You can find all our available ID card software here.

Overall the Polaroid P3000E is a great system to have. It can be used in most schools, businesses and organizations. You shouldn’t be intimidated by the idea of making your own ID cards in-house. It is remarkably easy to do and the P3000E simplifies the process even more.

You can find the Polaroid P3000E digital ID card printer here. You can find our entire selection of ID card printers here.

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