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April 12th, 2018 / ID Card Printers

Should I Buy a Single-Sided or Dual-Sided ID Card Printer?

Should I Buy a Single-Sided or Dual-Sided ID Card Printer?

Producing employee, student and/or membership badges in house can offer added control, convenience, and cost savings! All you need is an ID card system that includes badging software, an ID card printer, a camera and a designated location for photo capture.

While there are many choices and options available, the first thing you’ll need to determine is if you will need a single-sided or dual-sided printer. Not sure how you’d answer? Read on…

Single-Sided Printers

Single-sided ID card printers can print on one side of the card in one pass. Most single-sided printers are lightweight and compact in size, making them ideal for any workstation.

Is it right for me?

Single-sided printers work well for organizations that need basic badges (cards with only the employee name, photo and logo, for example). However, there are some single-sided printers can be upgraded to include dual-sided card printing, magnetic stripe encoding, smartcard encoding or lamination as your needs change. If you want to start with a basic printer, but have plans for growth in the future, be sure to choose a printer that is field upgradeable!

Dual-Sided Printers

Dual sided printers can print both sides of the card in one pass, eliminating the need to manually flip your cards. They also minimize smudging cards or damaging your printhead from unnecessary handling.

Is it right for me?

Dual-sided printers work well for cards that require a considerable amount of information, such as:

  • Schedule/Calendar: listing of upcoming events, sales, activities, holidays, etc.
  • Rewards/Membership: program requirements, contact information, expiration date
  • Disclaimer/Lost Card: company information, cardholder responsibilities, how to return a lost card

Some dual-sided printers can be upgraded to include magnetic stripe encoding, smartcard encoding or lamination as your needs change. If you are unsure about your future needs, be sure to select a dual-sided printer that is field upgradeable.

Still not sure what is right for you? Contact BadgePass to learn more about printing options today.

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