Best Prices in the Industry

Best Prices in the Industry

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What are the Differences Between Card Printer Models?

Plastic ID card printers come in every shape and size these days, offering countless options for users. But deciding which card printer model is right for your business can be confusing, especially for first-time buyers.

Many buyers, typically working on a predefined budget, often base their purchasing decisions on price considerations alone. While we don’t really recommend picking a printer model based solely on price, we understand that many customers do need to work within a budget. If you are one of those buyers, then this guide is for you. Here's an overview of what to expect from entry-level, mid-range and high-end ID printers.

Entry-Level ID Printers (Starting at $875*)

Affordable and easy to use, entry-level printers are perfect for first-time users looking to print basic ID cards at low volume. Prices generally start at $875 for the single-sided model.


  • Affordable
  • Easy to use
  • Ideal for on-demand printing
  • Perfect for small companies and startups


  • Single-sided printing
  • Limited data encoding features
  • Not suitable for high-volume projects
  • Limited security features
  • Some models are hand-fed

Mid-Range ID Printers (Starting at $2,445*)

Designed for use in a variety of card applications, this category of ID printers includes both standard and high-performance printers, offering professional print quality and numerous data encoding options that make them ideal for a wide range of card-printing needs.


  • Fits most budgets
  • Easy to use
  • Double-sided printing
  • Ideal for on-demand and high volume printing
  • Some models have lamination built-in
  • Field upgradable/modular
  • Perfect for medium sized business, retail stores and golf clubs


  • More expensive than entry-level models

Enterprise Grade ID Printers (Starting at $3,515*)

Full-featured and highly secure, these enterprise grade ID card printers are the equipment of choice for many corporations and governments. They offer the highest quality printing, unparalleled security protection and numerous data encoding options that meet even the most demanding and sophisticated requirements.


  • Retransfer printing technology
  • Double-sided printing
  • High speed batch printing
  • High volume printing
  • High definition printing
  • Borderless/full bleed printing
  • Advanced encoding features
  • Advanced security features
  • Advanced ID software features
  • Usage monitoring features
  • Built-in lamination


  • Premium pricing
  • May require user training

* The starting price listed on this article are for reference purposes only and are subject to change without prior notice. Please contact our sales team for updated pricing.

For expert assistance in finding the best card printer that meets your unique needs - and your budget - talk to one of our ID printer experts at 1-800-667-1772. Calls are toll-free. You can also reach us via this contact form.

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