Fargo C50 ID Card Printer


Fargo C50 ID Card Printer


Fargo C50 by HID Global is an affordable single-sided card printer that is ideal for organizations that need to print basic ID badges in small quantities. Simple to use, Fargo C50 comes with blank PVC cards, an EZ-Load color ribbon and software so you can start printing your badges immediately.

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Fargo C50 ID Card Printer

MSRP: $1,799
Price: $1,225

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Fargo C50 ID Card Printer




Fargo C50 Card SamplesFargo C50 by HID Global offers a simple and reliable ID card printing solution at an affordable price.  The C50 printer is so easy to use and comes bundled with hardware, software and supplies so you can create personalized IDs for membership and loyalty cards, casino employee IDs, or visitor badges in just about five minutes.

Backed by a global two-year warranty, Fargo C50 printer boasts a small footprint and rugged design that makes it easy to fit in any setting. Designed for efficiency, this basic Fargo card printer comes with a built-in basic badge application, automatic printer health monitoring and diagnostics tool, and EZ printer ribbon with cleaning roller. With all of these handy features, Fargo C50 requires virtually no maintenance.

Fargo C50 card printer features include:

  • Edge-to-edge printing in full-color or monochrome (single color) on CR-80 (standard credit card) or CR-79 Adhesive Back cards
  • All-in-one printer ribbon and card cleaning cartridge that simplifies printer maintenance
  • Built-in Swift ID badge application that allows you to create ID badges
  • Compatibility with HID Asure ID software for more complex card designs and ID data capabilities 
  • Built-in FARGO Workbench printer maintenance and diagnostic software that ensures optimal performance with little user monitoring
  • Intuitive design with instant, system status updates through color-changing buttons
  • Trusted Fargo card printer brand by HID Global and backed by a 2 year warranty
  • Energy Star Rating for an energy and cost-efficient card print solution
  • Affordable bundles of C50 printer hardware, software & supplies let you print plastic ID cards immediately. 

Make it Easy! Order your C50 as a Complete System 

ID Card Group makes it simple for you to start your ID card program. Just order a Complete System and you can easily begin producing professional-looking ID cards using your Fargo C50 printer right away. The system includes:

  • Fargo C50 printer (51700)
  • AlphaCard ID Suite v11 Light software
  • YMCKO Ribbon 100 prints (45410)
  • 100 Blank PVC Cards (ACS-8030PPWH-100)
  • Fargo Cleaning Kit (86177)
  • Logictech Webcam
  • Lifetime AlphaCare support

ID Card Group is an authorized dealer of Fargo and HID Global products and can help you choose the best Fargo C50 printer bundle for you. Contact an ID Expert at 877-868-0012 for additional help.

Print Method: Dye-sublimation / resin thermal transfer
Resolution: 300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm) continuous tone
Colors: Up to 16.7 million / 256 shades per pixel
Print Speed: 24 seconds per card / 150 cards per hour (YMCKO); 7 seconds per card (K); 12 seconds per card (KO)
Accepted Standard Card Sizes: CR-80 (3.375 L x 2.125"W / 85.6 L x 54 mm W); CR-79 Adhesive Back (3.313 L x 2.063"W / 84.1 L x 52.4 mm W)
Print Area: CR-80 edge-to-edge (3.36 L x 2.11"W / 85.3 L x 53.7 mm W); CR-79 (3.3 L x 2.04"W / 83.8 L x 51.8 mm W) 
Accepted Card Thickness: .009" - .040" / 9 mil - 40 mil / .229 mm - 1.016 mm
Accepted Card Types: PVC or polyester cards with polished PVC finish; monochrome resin required for100% polyester cards; optical memory cards with PVC finish; rewrite
Input Hopper Card Capacity: 50 cards (.030" / .762 mm)
Output Hopper Card Capacity: Up to 30 cards (.030" / .762 mm)
Card Cleaning: Card cleaning roller integrated into ribbon cartridge; cleaning roller is automatically replaced with each ribbon change
Memory:32 MB RAM
Software Drivers: Windows® XP / Vista™ (32 bit & 64 bit) / Server 2003 & 2008/ Windows® 7 & Windows® 8 (32 & 64 bit), MAC OS X 10.5/10.6/ 10.7/10.8 / Linux
Interface: USB 2.0
Operating Temperature: 65° to 80° F / 18° to 27° C
Humidity: 20–80% non-condensing
Dimensions: Single-sided printer: 8.8?H x 13.7?W x 7.9?D / 224 mm H x 348 mm W x 201 mm D 
Weight: 7.5 lbs / 3.4 Kg 
Agency Listings: UL 60950-2, CSA C22.2 (60950-1-07), and CE; EMC: FCC Class A, CE (EN 55022 Class A, EN 55024), CCC, BSMI, KC 
Supply Voltage: 100-240Vac, 50-60Hz, 1.6 amps max. 50 Hz / 60 Hz
Warranty: Printer – two years; printhead – two years, unlimited pass with UltraCard™
Display: Color changing status buttons

Fargo C50

Single-Sided Printer
Dual-Sided Printer
Discount ID Price
Single-Sided Printer
Dual-Sided Printer
Printer Coverage
2 years
Loaner Coverage
Printhead Coverage
2 years
Print Technology
Dye Sublimation
Re-Writable Printing
Card Capacity
Input Hopper
Output Hopper
Single Feed Mode
Print Speed
Full Color
24 seconds
7 seconds
Avg. Cost Per Card
Single-Sided Color
Single-Sided Black
Max. Ribbon Yield
Single-Sided Color
Single-Sided Black
Accepted Card Sizes
Card Thickness
9-40 mil
Features Call if options aren't available online
Available Encoding Options
Available Factory Options
Available Field Upgrades
Visual Security Features
Printer Lock Options
Connection Type
OS Compatibility
Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard
Mac OSX 10.7 Lion
Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion
Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks
Windows XP
Windows Vista (32 Bit)
Windows Vista (64 Bit)
Windows 7 (32 Bit)
Windows 7 (64 Bit)
Windows 8 (32 Bit)
Windows 8 (64 Bit)
Windows 2003 Server - 32 bit
Windows 2003 Server - 64 bit
Windows 2008 Server - 32 bit
Windows 2008 Server - 64 bit
Windows Server 2012
Mac Compatible
Physical Specs
8.8˝H x 13.7˝W x 7.9˝D
7.5 lbs
Available MPNs
Expert Corner

A Good Fit for Most Low Volume ID Issuance Needs

Fargo C50 printer replaces the super-popular Fargo C30 printer models. Using this proven design, C50 looks and works much the same as these older models.  

A compact, easy-to-use, entry level model, Fargo C50 is a good fit for most low volume ID card issuance situations. 

Bundled with Software, Blank Cards & YMCKO Ribbon
Fargo C50 comes with Swift ID, a straight forward built-in card design app. It’s nothing fancy, but it will certainly get the job done. Should you need something a more robust, you can easily upgrade to their Asure ID software package.

Impressive Print Speeds & Card Stock Flexibility
Producing a full-color printed card in 24 seconds, Fargo C50 can print on both CR80 and CR79 card stock, plus on thermal cards.

Eco-Friendly Ribbons Available
The Fargo C50 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. 

Extended Driver Compatibility
Driver compatibility is another good feature of the C50.  Along with Mac drivers, Fargo supports Linux and all Windows desktop versions from 8 all the way back to XP. 

See the Full Fargo C50 Printer Review
The full Fargo C50 review was written by ID Expert, Jeramie Ivie. As ID Card Group’s resident Tech Specialist and Custom Card Print Manager, 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.

Still looking for the perfect card printer? See all our card printer reviews or contact an ID Expert at 877-868-0012 for more advice. We make it easy!

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