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Quick Guide to ID Card Accessories

ID cards and badges are important, they serve important functions, and we depend on them to make our way through important parts of each day. They do their job best when they’re used effectively.

An ID badge does what it does, but to work best, with maximum utility and function, the right accessories are key. What’s a badge without the accessories? Less than it is with its accessories.

ID cards and badges need to be easy to use, store, display, and protect.  They work best when be reliably attached to their person and easy to present–and, of course, when they’re not lost.

Comparing Zebra ID Card Printers — Which is Best Depends on Your Needs

Zebra card printers are widely heralded for reliability and excellent print quality, and also offer a big selection of models and options–to accommodate users’ different card-production needs and budgets.

Zebra set out to create well designed ID card printers that meet you where you work, whether you’re printing cards in high volume or just on a regular basis, and whether you need high security smart cards or just the basics, and deliver the print quality, flexibility, and security you want within your budget.

Below are Zebra’s card printers’ primary features along with some useful comparative summaries for the high- and mid-range models.

Convenient Accessories and Cameras for Visitor Badges

Getting the most out of your ID card system and printer means having the right accessories at hand. Creating visitor badges is one thing; ease of use, function and utility are another. You need to have the right badge- and card-related accessories to efficiently produce cards on the spot, provide card users the means (tools) to carry, wear and use them properly, and give your personnel the ability to easily spot expired temporary badges.

Proximity Card Basics

Proximity cards (aka prox cards) are contactless read-only devices containing an antenna and integrated circuit embedded within the card itself–which contains the user's ID number and no other data (proximity cards can't hold any more data than a magnetic stripe card). The card can be “read” from a distance without inserting it into or passing it through a reader device. Cardholder data is instead read when the proximity card is passed within range of a reader–when briefly flashed near an electronic reader the number/data encoded in the card’s antenna is exchanged with the reader, identified and authenticated. The reader typically responds by beeping (indicating the card has been read) and signaling another device to permit access.

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ID Card Security Features Available with Today’s ID Card Printers

Most businesses and enterprises printing ID Cards are concerned about security at some level. What do we mean when we talk about “ID Card security”? Card issuers primarily want to protect identification, proximity and smart cards from fraudulent use and counterfeiting. ID card security features and technologies are designed to discourage fraud and misuse of ID cards.

When a card is issued the issuer wants to ensure the card is used by the actual person to whom it is issued for the purposes it is issued. Issuers don’t want cards to be used by anyone other than the cardholder, or for unauthorized purposes. The consequences of misuse can be significant and costly. Security features help ensure that the person using the card is the cardholder and that the card is used for an intended purpose. This limits organizational risk and enhances operational and financial control.

10 Questions to Ask that Identify Your ID Card Needs

Okay, so you’re getting ready to buy an ID card printer, but you haven’t really thought much about what your ID card needs actually are, right? In fact, you don’t really even know where to begin. Don’t worry, you’re in good company. One thing we know for sure is that identifying your ID-card needs carefully and clearly really helps you make the right ID-card printer decision.

Today’s ID cards can be really basic (a photo and a couple of lines of information on one side) or quite sophisticated with data-storage and security features. Different ID-card printer models are designed for different needs, card volumes, applications and circumstances.

Shopping for the “Perfect” ID Card Printer

If your organization finally needs its own ID card printer, don’t wait around for someone else to tell you which ID Card Printer is the greatest. You may be in for a long wait – at least when it comes to what’s great for your particular card-printing requirements. Don’t worry though, you can do this on your own without much effort.

Truth is, there isn’t an ID card printer that’s perfect for everyone, and ID-card printer sales pitches can miss the mark– or be confusing – in some material respect, unless you well understand your card-related needs before you start shopping. Fortunately, there are enough ID card printers available that the right one is there to meet your organization’s specific requirements. You just need to know what you’re looking for.

Meet the New Magicard Enduro3E ID Card Printers

Magicard has just released a new version of its top-selling Enduro printer, the Enduro3E. The Enduro has been a trusted solution for organizations in need of a durable solution to print ID cards and badges. The new Enduro3E now includes Ethernet as standard and a 3-year warranty.

Zebra® ZXP SERIES 7 ID Card Printer — Printer of the Week

This week’s featured printer is the Zebra® ZXP SERIES 7 ID Card Printer, a high-speed direct-to-card solution that affordably provides near photographic print quality and vivid colors. Designed for medium- to high-volume applications and/or instant card issuance this card printer is Zebra’s highest performance direct-to-card printer—and can simultaneously print, encode and laminate. It’s a rock-solid value and handles any organization’s high-volume card-production requirements with impressive easy-to-use results.

Zebra® ZXP SERIES 3 ID Card Printer — Printer of the Week

This week’s featured printer is the Zebra® ZXP SERIES 3 ID Card Printer, a turnkey solution that affordably provides outstanding print quality and vivid colors. Designed for instant card issuance, this card printer is a rock-solid value and handles any organization’s basic card-production requirements with impressive easy-to-use results.

Zebra® ZXP SERIES 1 ID Card Printer — Printer of the Week

We like to provide organizations with great information that supports effective evaluation of our card-printing solutions. These product reviews help customers to better distinguish among the many card printers available today, and select just the right ID Card Printer for their needs and budgets. 

This week’s featured printer is the Zebra® ZXP SERIES 1 ID Card Printer, an entry-level solution that provides first-class print quality. Designed for low-volume applications and/or instant card issuance, this card printer is a rock-solid value and handles any organization’s basic card-production requirements with impressive results. 

Fargo® HDP5000 High Definition Printer/Encoder — Printer of the Week

To ensure you have key information to effectively evaluate card-printing solutions we often provide reviews of our ID card printers, which helps you distinguish among the many card printers available today, and select the right ID Card Printer for your needs today.

This week’s featured printer is the Fargo® HDP5000 High Definition Card Printer/Encoder, a powerful device that once again sets Fargo apart as the ID card industry leader. This is a printer we think our customers should be excited about.

The Importance Of Cleaning Your ID Badge Printer

Let’s face it: when working at the office, cleaning the ID card printer is not at the top of your priority list. In fact, most of the time the printers go without being cleaned which results in frequent functionality problems. Little does everyone know that cleaning ID card printers is crucial to extending the life of your printer as well as keeping it working at its optimum performance level.

Fargo® DTC1250e Direct to Card Printer — Printer of the Week

With so many card printers to choose from, it’s helpful to have some detail and perspective on how various models can best serve users’ needs. We like to feature our printers to ensure that customers get a chance to fairly evaluate the card-printing solution that works best for their circumstances.
 
 
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