Dos and Don’ts of ID Printers

Posted on August 28, 2010

Photo identification cards have become widespread parts of modern society, and are increasingly used by businesses and in work settings to provide fast, reliable, and affordable means of identification ans security. Thanks to advances in technology, it has become possible to purchase ID card printers and make ID cards without breaking the bank. The following guide provides Dos and Don’ts to ensure your purchase of an ID printer is well planned.


  • Buy an ID card printer with a good warranty. Look for a printer with at least a one year warranty. Ideally, a good printer will come with two or more years in warranty time.
  • Consider the image quality the ID card printer will need to provide. If you require a resolution higher than 300 DPI, it is often better to get your card lithographically printed first and then use a card printer to personalise.
  • Keep in mind the durability of the ID card printer you plan to purchase. You will want to ensure the printer can last for several years with only routine maintenance.
  • Decide in advance whether you will need a single or dual sided ID card printer. Dual sided printers are more expensive, but they offer the advantage of being able to print both sides of an ID card in one pass .
  • Consider the compatibility of your ID card printer with your computing software and hardware. Before purchasing a printer, read its operating system and connection requirements, and be sure your computer meets both.
  • Keep in mind the short and long term costs of ribbons and supplies for your ID card printer. Not all printers use the same kinds of ribbons; over time, a printer that appears to be cheap can cost more than an initially expensive printer, depending on the resources it needs to stay in operation.


  • Don’t buy an ID card printer without reading prior reviews if at all possible. Try to learn from the experiences of other users.
  • Don’t buy an ID card printer that you can’t afford. Remember the additional costs of printing such as cards, ribbons and cleaning kits.
  • Don’t buy an ID card printer without knowledge of the card sizes it can print and the sizes you need.
  • Don’t buy an ID card printer before considering the features you do and do not need from the printer.

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