Zebra ID Card Printer Selection Made Easy

Posted April 5, 2015

Zebra is one of the leading manufacturers of ID card printing solutions that can meet the needs of any environment from low volume, print only to high security, high volume applications. Their printers offer options for color or monochromatic, single or dual-sided printing, and even lamination options for the highest quality cards possible. Zebra’s printers also offer a full range of encoding features for magnetic stripe, smartcard, MIFARE, and RFID to ensure your cards are secure and reliable to meet the most demanding access control and government requirements.

With so many capabilities and options available, it can be a challenge to find which Zebra ID card printer is the best fit for your specific needs. The feature chart below quickly and easily breaks down each of the four main models currently available from Zebra by their key attributes. For further assistance selecting the right ID card printer, contact us at Barcodes, Inc.

 

Model ZXP Series 8 ZXP Series 7 ZXP Series 3 ZXP Series 1
Print Method Retransfer card printer Direct-to-card printer Direct-to-card printer Direct-to-card printer
Print Sides Single or dual-sided color and mono-to-retransfer film Single or dual-sided color and monochrome Single or dual-sided color and monochrome Single or dual-sided color and monochrome
Print Speed Single-sided:
Color: 190 CPHDouble-sided:
Color: 180 CPH
Single-sided:
Color: 300 CPH
Mono: 1,375 CPHDouble-sided:
Color: 225 CPH
Single-sided:
Color: 195 CPH
Mono: 700 CPHDouble-sided:
Color: 140 CPH
Single-sided:
Color: 130 CPH
Mono: 545 CPH
Images per Ribbon Color (YMCKO): 625
Mono (Black): 2,500
Color (YMCKO): 750
Mono (Black): 5,000
Color (YMCKO): 280
Mono (Black): 2,000
Color (YMCKO): 100
Mono (Black): 1,000
Security High security High security Locking features None
Interfaces Standard: USB, Ethernet
Optional: Wi-Fi (802.11)
Standard: USB, Ethernet
Optional: W-Fi (802.11)
Standard: USB
Optional: Ethernet
Standard: USB
Optional: Ethernet
Edge-to-Edge Printing Over-the-edge Yes Yes Yes
UHF Gen 2 RFID N/A Yes N/A N/A
Magnetic Stripe Yes Yes Yes Yes
Smart-card Contact Yes Yes Yes N/A
MIFARE Contactless Yes Yes Yes N/A
Smart-card Contact Station Yes Yes Yes N/A
Card Thicknesses 30-40 mil, 30 mil laminated 10-50 mil, 30 mil laminated 10-40 mil 10-40 mil
Input Feeder Capacity 150 cards 200 cards 100 cards 100 cards
Output Hopper Capacity 100 cards 100 cards Integrated Hopper: 45 Cards External Hopper: 50 cards Integrated Hopper: 45 Cards
Laminator Yes Yes N/A N/A

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