So far, we're very impressed by Zebra Technologies line of card printers and if you're in the market for a new card printer, Zebra Technologies offers several great options.
If you're printing basic ID cards or badges and you only need single-sided printing, Zebra's ZC100 card printer is an ideal choice. The ZC100 is a plug-and-play device that connects via USB or optional Ethernet or Wi-Fi, and it prints in monochrome or color. It includes the ability to add a swipe-and-go magnetic stripe to your printed cards and add a third-party contactless encoder. If you need dual sided printing, more ribbon options or faster speed, you can move up to the ZC300.
However, if you're in need of high-quality, dual-sided printing and you want a full array of options right out of the box, Zebra's ZC350 stands out as the best choice. The ZC350 prints at lightning-fast speeds, clocking in at some of the top speeds in its class. It's a great option whether you're printing one card or cranking out thousands of cards.
The ZC350 has all the standard features of the ZC100 and ZC300 printers plus additional encoding options and unique ribbon choices. These unique ribbons offer specialty colors and special effects—from color-shifting graphics that prevent counterfeiting to new metallic color ribbons for 3D-style effects for logos, text, or account numbers. How cool is that? Typically, these advanced features are reserved for preprinted cards so it is nice to see it in ribbon-based printing.
In addition to standard and magnetic stripe ID badges, you can also create just about any type of encoded card, including access control cards, credit and debit cards, public transportation passes, and much more. The printer supports MiFare encoding (read/write), contact encoding (read/write) and proximity and iClass (read only). If you want to use your own contact or contactless encoders, you can build a solution with Zebra's SDK.
Zebra's entire ZC Series of printers features a revolutionary new hopper design with "saloon-style" output doors that make unloading cards faster and easier than ever. The device instantly adjusts to the thickness of each card, so there's no need to adjust for different card stocks. If your project scope changes over time, you can add field-upgradable dual-sided printing and encoding modules to adapt your printing as your needs change.
It's also easier to feed cards manually, with a "light pipe" that guides you through the manual feeding process. Changing a ribbon is also easy and fool-proof, thanks to a unique door-handle-style grip that leaves no question about how to remove or insert a ribbon correctly.
You get it all in a device with push-button simplicity and an easy-to-use interface. The ZC line is also beautifully compact, so it fits practically anywhere. It looks good and fits well in virtually any environment, including customer-facing or public-facing areas where space is at a premium.
To get pricing for your business and find out more about the Zebra ZC350 or the other ZC printers, contact our card printing experts at Aptika. As one of the leading card technology providers in the United States and Canada, we're one of the few certified Zebra partners authorized to sell, install, manage, and service its new ZC300 Series printers.
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