We use Datacard ones, ours are provided by central goverment type place as we use ours to print smartcards for access to clinical systems as well as ID cards. They make a racket and do play up for us but its our system not the printer. They are good at what they do, not sure on costs etc as ours is an old machine, probably some 10+ years old, have 5 of them sat in the office that we swap around when one plays up!
We have a Javelin card printer. It works no problem. Each new year it has to do about 550 cards, not all at one time but dont really have any issues with it.
We upgraded in the summer to a Zebra ZXP series 3 and it has been perfect, it links to the SQL database too so pulls all information from that for the staff and sixth form.
We use a javelin printer, had it for 3 years now and its been pretty good, most problems have been with the rubbish software we have.
we have a evolis tattoo2, I thinks it's crap but I've never used a card printer before this.
The contrast of colors are a bit off and despite cleaning I always seem to get a hair or bit of grit stuck under the last protecting layer. sure I'd blast it with air if I had a compressor because air in a can didnt cut it. it helped but I think it just needs a better clean which they dont pay me for.
the software, Emedia card designer is again CRap. like somthing made for windows 98. and if I wanted to install it to another machine I have to perform migration which involes faffing around with keys and wizards, put a foot wrong here and apaprently the licence is lost forever. Any company/developer that has a software licence policy which cuts them out of the equation is a joke beyond beleif in my opinion.
I recently redesigned our staff ID cards because who ever did them last did a naff job at it. partly due to the fact that e media card deigner doesnt accept images with transparency but he could have been creative like I have. I incorperated my design into a single image which shows the school logo and LA logo(without no white background) clearly, it's been a welcomed resigned
We went with a Smart ID Printer. Smart ID Card Printer | Digital ID I am extremely impressed by it. The colours are very good, print time is reasonable, it's a bit noisy but where it is that's not really a concern for me. The only gotcha for us was that the magstripe encoder built into our ID card software is incompatible with the printer (too new) so we have to encode it using a specially formatted field on the card that the printer can pick up on. We bought it from Digital ID, service was excellent, their support in resolving the magstripe issue was really good.
We went with the Smart, with MiFare encoding. The software is awkward, but once you have your head around it it's fine. It's printed 1500 cards so far and only jammed once.
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