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Datacard SD260 Plastic Card Printer with Ethernet & USB - 535500-002

£1,155.00 ex. VAT

£1,386.00; inc.VAT

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A key player in the SD series, The Datacard SD260 single-sided ID badge machine is over 33% faster than other printers in the same class and delivers outstanding print quality via the use of Datacards TrueMatch™ printing technology. This machine is ideally suited for an eco-friendly office. ENERGY STAR® qualified, and with features such as biodegradable supply cores, recyclable materials, and a power-down button, the SD260 printer sets new benchmarks for environmentally responsible card printing.

  • Single-sided ID card printer
  • TrueMatch™ colour printing technology
  • Over 33% faster than competitive printers in the same class
  • Datacard SD260 ID Card Printer
  • Printer Power Supply
  • USB Cable
  • Driver Installation Disk
  • Quick start guide

Please note no ribbon or blank plastic cards are supplied with the printer.

Datacard SD260 Product Review 

The Datacard SD260 ID card maker machine is ideal for small to medium-sized businesses that print ID cards as part of their busy workday and need a trusted system that works.

Packed with industry-leading innovations and its intuitive icons that guide you through the soft-touch control panel, makes the SD260 simple to use yet efficient and up-to-date.

With its competitive features and price, the SD260 printer is a great value and very reliable.

“The SD260 offers great value and is a perfect fit for businesses and organisations that batch print ID cards”
“Over 33% faster than competitive printers in the same class”
“The SD260 printer is ideal for small to medium sized businesses that print ID cards as part of their busy workday and need a trusted system that works”

Key Printer Features

Print Quality

Datacard TrueMatch™ printing technology is an industry exclusive and ensures the colours on your screen closely match the colours on your card. Batch after batch, you get consistently crisp, clean printing results from the first card to the last with this exceptional colour printer.


Being an ideal choice for businesses, schools and hospitals, reliability is a big plus with the SD260 simplex printer. Datacard also provides a standard 30-month warranty cover on this printer and a 30-month warranty cover on a replacement print head.

Ease of Use

Cards and consumables are easy to load, and the ergonomically designed ribbon cartridge includes a drop-in cleaning roller. The SD series printers are significantly faster than any other desktop printer in its class. The Automatic 100-card input hopper and optional 200 Card output hopper is also an added benefit meaning no waiting around for cards to be printed in single batches.

Ease of Setup

One of the key USP's to all Datacard printers is the easy operation and setup of all new machines. The Intuitive icons guide you through the soft-touch control panel and LCD screen.


Having a visual card security feature on your ID card significantly lowers the risk of your card becoming cloned. All cards printed using the SD260 are tamper proof meaning they cannot be interfered with or amended if they find their way into the wrong hands.


With the SD260, there is the option to add on Magnetic stripe encoding or Contactless / MIFARE Encoder upgrade.

Other options include ISO 7811 three-track option (high- and low-coercivity), JIS Type II single-track option and support for standard and custom data formats.

Printer Type

Like all printers within the SD series range, the SD260 is a direct to card (DTC) printer.  If you're new to the world of card printing, this process involves the colour from a YMCKO ribbon being transferred directly onto the card via the heat from the printer. The 260 model prints at 300dpi (dots per inch) and also covers 256 shades per colour panel. Please note that this printing method will leave a small white border around the edge of each card.

Card Types 

Like the majority of ID card printers sold by Digital ID, the SD260 prints CR80 (credit card size) cards only.  Optional smart card and magnetic stripe encoding upgrades are also available with this machine.

Print Volume

The SD260 stands out as a popular choice for many businesses due to its durability to cope with high volume demand. To see how efficient this printer is, we have broken this down into some easy to digest statistics.  Based on a full working week the 260 model can print, 7,000 cards and on a 4-week working month around 28,000 cards.

Print Speed

Printer speed should be a major factor in your purchase decision, and we're confident that the SD260 won’t let you down. In just 1 hour you can print 200 full colour single sided cards and up to 830, single-sided monochrome cards.


Your business or organisations may require more than one member of staff to have the ability to print cards which is why multiple access is critical. The SD260 printer comes complete with both USB and Ethernet connections. Ethernet connections is a standard procedure for all printers within the SD series, meaning a simple connection to your organisation's network allowing you to print cards directly from multiple desktops if required.

Operating Systems

Standard USB/Ethernet ports and the browser-based Printer Manager helps you integrate SD Series printers into third-party applications as well as existing systems.


The dimensions of this desktop printer are: Length- 15.4 in, Width- 6.9 in, Height- 8.8 in (39.1cm x 17.5cm x 22.4 cm). This printer fits nicely on a reception desk area, and standard office sized desks, leaving plenty of space for other office essentials. Please note if you are looking at multiple purchases, our advice would be to create a dedicated printing area away from everyday business tasks to help maintain the life of the printer.


The Datacard SD Series can be easily identified, due to its distinctive blue colour that covers both the input and output hopper. The display screen also gives the printer an additional edge over similar machines in the market and is also great for user experience.

Card Design Software

EasyBadge Professional is the most advanced card design software on the market. The Professional version allows the user to create an unlimited amount of records, choose from one of four template designs, and take images using a mobile or tablet device with use of the free EasyBadge app.

Printer Specification

To download a copy of the printer specification, please click here.




Expert Verdict

Our Overall rating of the Datacard SD260 card printer is 3.5 stars out of 5. Our rating is based on the lower number of additional security features that come with this machine when compared to other models in a similar price range. The key plus points for this printer are the TrueMatch™ printing technology and the ability to support your environmental commitments with Earth-friendly features.

As official UK distributors of Datacard ID card printers, we have a dedicated team of printer support technicians on hand to answer any questions you may have post-sale.

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