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    Which ID card printer to buy?

    We need to refresh our ID card printer.

    Most vendors are suggesting a Pebble. One has also suggested a Smart.

    Does anybody use either of the above? How would you rate them in terms of reliability? - We need to produce in the region of 1600 cards a year. 1200 of which is in a 3 day period during enrolment.

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    Hi Tony, As we outsource our girls gym to the local community, we have a pebble to create their name badges - as far as im aware its ran for quite a few years, however as a non gym member, I don't know the quality output but I would presume it would be good enough for the task you require!

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    We've got a Magicard, I would rather nail my eyeliids to a moving train then use it to print 1600 cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    We've got a Magicard, I would rather nail my eyeliids to a moving train then use it to print 1600 cards.
    We have a one card at a time magicard which is good but like said it would be a nightmare doing 1600 cards on it. They do however do printers where you stack a pile of cards in and off it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladedanny View Post
    We have a one card at a time magicard which is good but like said it would be a nightmare doing 1600 cards on it. They do however do printers where you stack a pile of cards in and off it goes.
    Ours is meant to do the latter, but after printing a couple of hundred cards it does the former.

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    We also have a magicard and would not buy another if it were to break (fall of a desk, by accident....).

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    My old school has a Magicard machine - terrible little thing.

    This one has a couple of Javelin machines and from what I've been told they've been in place for 3 years and they've been flawless.

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    Strange, I've not had any problems with ours. I suppose ours gets very little use. Had it about a year and probably only done about 120 cards.

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    We had a Magicard until it died a death, I wouldn't have another. Very highly strung piece of kit.

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    Weve got a pebble here and it does a great job. We print badges for all our staff and visitors and it hasnt put a foot wrong in the past 18 months.

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    Our Pebble seems to be holding up well ... only done 500 - 600 in a relatively short period of time, but it has only jammed once and only snapped two ribbons, both probably our fault rather than the machine

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    We have a Evolis Pebble which has been in for about 18 months - 2 years. We certainly haven't completed as many cards as 1600 but done a lot of them and *touch wood* it hasn't broken yet.

    Digital-ID was the website that we got it from I believe (or at least where we are buying our peripherals for it from).
    I recommend them - really good service and quite cheap...

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    No issues with our magic card printer.

    300+ staff ID cards done and probably 400 - 500 sixth form cards done without any issues.

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    We use Zebra card printers they seem pretty reliable but slooooooowwwww. 1600 cards I think it would cost a fortune in coffee to keep me awake.

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    Got the pebble. Does a good job once you get past the softwares quirks. It doesn't like high res photos which result in lines across the card - took ages to figure that one out. The software is also a bit clumsy in how you define the "mail merge" areas, and highlighting a person to be printed and clicking print doesn't print that person, it prints the person with a tick in the ticky box.

    No deal breakers but all of the above have resulted in dozens of wasted cards.

    Alignment and margins are not 100% consistent either.



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