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

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. 

Zebra’s ZXP SERIES 1 ID card printer/encoder provides a great card-printing solution for organizations that print cards regularly, but not in high volume. The ZXP SERIES 1 is very well suited for governments, universities, and hospitality businesses.

Ideal Applications The Zebra ZXP SERIES 1 ID Card printer has a very small footprint and is well suited for many applications. Its optional magnetic stripe encoding, Ethernet connectivity, and ability to use a variety of card thicknesses make the ZXP Series 1 a great starting tool to meet your organization’s unique needs. This is great news for the many businesses and organizations just implementing an ID card program, or looking for a reliable workhorse to maintain or supplement their routine daily ID-card production requirements. Ideal applications include:

  • Government Agencies — Facility access, certification cards.
  • Colleges / Education — Student IDs, library cards, event cards, etc.
  • Retail and Hospitality — Hotel access cards, cruise IDs, membership cards, loyalty cards, gift cards, etc.
  • Identification and Access — Employee IDs, visitor badges, access control badges.

Product Features

Workhorse Performance — The Zebra ZXP SERIES 1 single-sided printer delivers reliable, consistent performance. With a 200-card covered input feeder and a user-friendly interface (a 16-character operator control display), the ZXP SERIES 1 is designed for regular use and readily and produces high-quality cards with little user monitoring or intervention. Designed for any organization with daily card-production requirements (e.g., hotels, schools, retailers), the printer has the features needed to keep up with your daily workflow and produce great-looking ID cards consistently. The ZXP SERIES 1 is built for regular use and can produce up to 500 monochrome or 120 color single-sided cards per hour. 

Importantly, the ZXP SERIES 1 printer comes with a 2-year warranty on the printer and the printhead, another valuable feature and evidence of the unit’s durability. 

Direct-to-Card Printing — The Zebra ZXP SERIES 1 uses dye-sublimation thermal transfer direct-to-card printing in full color or monochrome technology, single-sided. This system produces high-quality cards with clear, sharp, color-rich edge-to-edge images anytime, anywhere. 

Highly Adaptable Modular Design — As an entry level card printer, the ZXP SERIES 1 contemplates your need to change and grow and offers versatility and flexibility. Its optional upgrades keep up with your card-printing needs as your business or operations grow and change. The ZXP SERIES 1’s modular design allows users to easily upgrade and add magnetic strip encoding options.

Optional “Any Time” Upgrades: 

  • Optional 10/100 Ethernet connectivity — A field-upgradable option. This means multiple users can be authorized to operate printing and encoding functions safely and reliably over your network. This network flexibility makes the Zebra ZXP SERIES 1 Duplex printer a great choice in many different operations.
  • Optional Magnetic Strip encoding Print and encode cards in one pass, and save a lot of time. Magnetic stripe encoding (ISO 7811 new and re-encoded, tracks 1,2, and 3, high and low coercivity, stripe down, 30 mil card only).
  • Optional Manual front card feeder bezel.
  • OptionalCardSense™ single-card feed cleaning rollers — A field-upgradable option. 


The ZXP SERIES 1 printer system can readily change along with your organization’s needs—which affords you real and smart flexibility.

Easy to Operate and Maintain — Versatility and utility are delivered through the ZXP SERIES 1’s many features, like its use of the most common software drivers, acceptance of widely used PVC card types and sizes (and thicknesses), easy-to-use drop-in ribbons with disposable ribbon cartridges, USB 2.0 connectivity, and high-resolution (300 dpi) edge-to-edge printing. The quick-replace Load-N-Go™ smart ribbons have are eco-friendly, use less plastic and biodegrade better than competing brands.

Intuitive User Interface  — The Zebra ZXP SERIES 1 card printer/encoder provides an easy-to-understand user interface and color touch points.

This is a convenient and secure printer and encoder system. The ZXP SERIES 1 reliably prints in monochrome or color and encodes technology cards (supporting magnetic-stripe technologies), and is built to meet the needs of diverse businesses, schools and local government institutions. 

The Zebra ZXP SERIES 1 card printer flexibly customizes cards for any application needed: identification, membership, access control, time and attendance, customer loyalty, and event passes. It’s also scalable, permitting users to upgrade simply and conveniently by adding modules.

Call IDSecurityOnline today at 800-897-7024 or visit our ZXP1 page to get your ZX1 card printer.