Review: DTC1250e Card Printer by Fargo/HID Global

by techsupport 12. May 2014 08:01

Shop the Fargo DTC 1250e card printer at IDCardGroup.comIf you're shopping for an easy and affordable card printer for your small business, school, or local government - be sure to consider the Fargo DTC1250e.

With the fastest card print speeds in its class, the DTC1250e printer will save you time and money.

Raising the Bar in 2014 

This year, Fargo raised the bar in the card printer market when it introduced the DTC 1250e and its high powered relatives - the DTC4250e and DTC4500e. We're essentially looking at the same printer base in all models with added features to handle specific needs.Shop the Fargo DTC1250e printer now at

What makes this lineup so special? A couple things stand out: 1) Speed and 2) Field upgradable WiFi

Blazing Card Print Speeds

Fargo has definitely upped the ante on speed. Last year's models spit out a full color card in a respectable 24 seconds - just like the rest of the herd. The new lineup has taken it to the next new plateau - 16 seconds/card for full color, single side. That's 225 cards an hour.  BAM!  They have nearly cut the print speed in half!  

And sure enough the print still looks good. Kudos to Fargo/HID.

If you're looking for dual-sided cards, there is a factory configured dual sided printing option available.

Field Upgradable WiFi

While everyone else is offering WiFi now, from Zebra to Evolis, Fargo is making WiFi field upgradeable for any printer with an ethernet option, which is also field enableable.Fargo DTC1250e Quick Specs -

The DTC 1250e comes standard with USB only, but ethernet is “enableable” - you will need to enable that option if you did not purchase it originally and would like to upgrade to WiFi.

If you have a small production need (the DTC 1250e sports a compact swingable/storable 30 card output hopper and no dual input hopper option), but still would prefer the flexibility of WiFi, you will need the Ethernet upgrade. Why upgrade? For the same reason you enjoy your laptop not having to be plugged into the wall. One less wire to forget to plug in. Progress is good.

Not to worry, you'll enjoy the same fast print speed and Energy Star ratting.

Eco-Friendly Ribbons Available

The Fargo DTC 1250e also has a bit of flexibility with ribbons. It can use the standard bulky Fargo ribbon cartridge or a refillable Eco cartridge, which is a great way to reduce the amount of waste with each ribbon use. Be sure to ask for the Eco cartridge ribbons by name – for some reason it’s still somewhat of a secret option.

Multiple Encoding Options

The DTC 1250e printer offers a long list of encoding options from your standard mag encoding to MIFARE - as do its bigger relatives the DTC4250e and DTC4500e:.

  • ISO magnetic stripe encoding, dual high- and low-coercivity, Tracks 1, 2 and 3
  • Smart card encoding: 125 kHz (HID® Prox) reader; 13.56 MHz (iCLASS® Standard/SE/SR, MIFARE Classic®, MIFARE Plus®, MIFARE DESFire®, MIFARE DESFire® EV1, ISO 14443 A/B, ISO 15693) read/write encoder
  • Contact smart card encoder reads from, and writes to, all ISO7816 1/2/3/4 memory and microprocessor smart cards (T=0, T=1) as well as synchronous cards
  • All models include a 3 year warranty. The DTC42500e and DTC4500e also include a first year On-Call Express™ (loaner printer, U.S. Only)
  • Shop the Fargo DTC1250e printer now at low prices

The ID Card Group Advantage

ID Card Group is an authorized Fargo printer dealer and Fargo Service Provider

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


If you need more information on the DTC1250e printer - or want additional help choosing the best Fargo/HID printer for your organization's needs - call our ID experts at 877-868-0012 or We'll make it easy for you!

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About the Author

Jeramie Ivie, Google +

Jeramie Ivie is a trained and certified ID printer technician at ID Card Group for all major brands and is a Fargo/HID Authorized Service Provider. When not troubleshooting for customers, he's putting the newest card printers through their paces and writing candid reviews like this one. Jeramie is also the resident artisan overseeing all custom printed work, including custom printed cards, lanyards and badge reels, but he still finds time to serve as grill master for BBQ Fridays. Jeramie literally prints thousands of cards each month for a wide-variety of customers. He has seen it all and offers a practical view of card printers. Be sure to visit his profile to check out his latest project and to find out what it means to be a mechnician.


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