Choosing an Evolis ID Card Printer - Quick Facts

by ID Card Group 16. November 2010 08:07

Why choose an Evolis ID Card printer? Multiple reasons, actually - they not only look good, they also boast user-friendly operation, easy set-up, and powerful card printing features. Organizations worldwide use Evolis printers because they can accommodate all budget and card printing needs. You'll even find an eco-friendly option - the Zenius features eco-friendly card printing. 

No matter which one you choose, an Evolis printer will produce ID badges and plastic cards with high resolution text, realistic photos, sharp logos and barcodes, and handy encoded information in color or monochrome.

To help you choose the best Evolis printer for your organization, we've highlighted five printers by printing need - and provided quick facts. Many are available with optional Starter Kits to get you printing right out of the box. Starter kits include ribbon, cards and webcam. 

Note: As of December 16, 2011 the Evolis Tattoo has been replaced by the Evolis Zenius. Tattoo printer supplies are still available. As of November 24, 2012, the Evolis Dualys and Pebble printers have been replaced by the Evolis Primacy. Dualys printer supplies and Pebble printer supplies are still available.

1. Basic visual identification

Great for: loyalty cards, scholarship cards, library cards, etc.

The Evolis Zenius Card Printer is compact, eco-friendly, easy to use and very affordable - the perfect one-stop solution to print your single-sided badges in small runs. 

Evolis Zenius Quick Facts
Printing: Edge-to-edge; Monochrome or color; Single-sided
Encoding: Optional Magnetic encoding, Contactless encoding, Smart card encoding -- all field upgradeable
Card Feeder Capacity: 50 cards
Card Print Speed: 120 - 150 cards / hour in color; 400 - 500 cards / hour in monochrome
Warranty: 2 years
Starter Kit: Yes

Evolis Zenius Card Printer with Starter Kit

2. Visual identification and ID data encoding (single- or dual-sided)

Great for: transit cards, student ID cards, access control cards, etc.

The Evolis Primacy Card Printer is another ideal choice for printing single- or dual-sided ID badges in color with ID data encoding added.

Evolis Primacy Quick Facts
Printing: Edge-to-edge; Color dye sublimation; Monochrome thermal transfer; Single- or dual-sided
Encoding: Optional Magnetic stripe, Smart contact or contactless
Card Feeder Capacity: 100 cards
Card Print Speed: Single-side Color (YMCKO): 190 - 225 cards /hour; Single-side Monochrome: 600 - 850 cards /hour; Dual side Color (YMCKO-K): 140 cards /hour
Warranty: 3 years
Starter Kit: Yes

Evolis Primacy ID Card Printer with Starter Kit

3. Visual identification and ID data encoding (high-volume)

Great for: military IDs, employee badges, hospital badges, etc.

The Evolis Quantum Card Printer offers a unique and powerful solution to personalized plastic cards in large quantities typically needed in larger organizations.

Evolis Quantum Quick Facts
Main Features: Color dual-sided, detachable & interchangeable input and output hoppers with a capacity of 500 plastic cards (30 mil); Detachable encoding module; Delivered standard with Magnetic Stripe and Smart Contact station and contactless antenna bracket.
Card Print Speed: 115 to 150 cards / hour in color; 1,000 cards / hour monochrome
Warranty: 1 year, limited to 500,000 inserted cards
Starter Kit: No

4. Visual identification, ID data encoding, and lamination

Great for: drivers’ licenses, ID cards, healthcare cards, and other high-security cards.

The Evolis Securion Card printer is the solution for printing and laminating ID cards and badges where high security is important.

Evolis Securion Quick Facts
Printing: Edge-to-edge; Monochrome or color; Double-sided
Encoding: Optional Magnetic stripe, Smart contact or contactless
Card Feeder Capacity: 100 cards
Lamination: Patch or varnish, with or without hologram
Card Print Speed: 70 to 120 cards / hour in color
Warranty: 2 years
Starter Kit: No

The ID Card Group Advantage

As an authorized Evolis printer dealer, has years of experience working with customers who use Evolis printers and supplies. Not only do we have a deep technical knowledge of Evolis card printers, but we also maintain the best prices guaranteed! We carry the full line of Evolis products, including card printers, color and monochrome ribbons, and eMedia software by Evolis.


If you need additional help choosing the best Evolis printer for your organization's needs, call our ID experts at 877-868-0012 or We'll make it easy for you!

ID Card Group accepts purchase orders, offers equipment leasing, provides free shipping on orders over $100, and has a price match guarantee.


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