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The FARGO DTC5500LMX is a reliable, affordable and eco-friendly ID card printing solution that provides the broadest card patch coverage in the industry, and features waste-less lamination for an ultra-low cost-per-card. This machine is only available in a dual-sided model and comes complete with a dual-sided lamination unit that provides the highest level of card protection possible. 

  • Printer can reach optimal operating temperature in just 45 seconds
  • Waste-less lamination module decreases the cost of on-going consumables by up to 50%
  • Three-year manufacturer warranty
  • Fargo DTC5500LMX ID card printer
  • Printer power supply and cord
  • USB cable
  • Input and output card hoppers
  • Driver installation disk and guide

(Please note no ribbon, blank plastic cards or software is supplied with the printer.)

Fargo DTC5500LMX Product Review

The DTC5500LMX ID card printer is ideal for businesses and organisations that are looking to issue high volumes of staff IDs or personalised cards routinely.

The printer offers multiple, field-upgradable encoder options such as magnetic stripe and smart cards. The ability to add locking hoppers and consumable doors for additional security is also an option.

This printer is the first in the range to features HID Global’s new iON technology, which allows it to reach the optimal operating temperature in as little as 45 seconds.

If you want to find out more, take a look at our full in-depth review below.

“The printer is rich in features to ensure the user receives the highest quality of ID card possible”
“An affordable and eco-friendly card printing solution”
“A perfect choice for high-volume card issuance”

Key Printer Features

Print Quality

The dye-sub print method means photo-like images, skin-like colour tones, and detailed text are guaranteed time after time.


Fargo has backed both the machine and print head with a three-year manufacturer warranty. If you do require information, either before or after the sale, then our dedicated in-house technical support team are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Ease of Use

From set up to daily printing, this printer is incredibly easy to use and is designed to save the end user time. Ribbon changes, cleaning the printer, and monitoring print runs are effortless.

Ease of Setup

Like all Fargo ID card printers, the setup process of the DTC5500LMX is easy to do and can be completed in a matter of minutes, following the helpful instructions which can be found inside the box.


Security was top of the agenda when HID Fargo was designing and developing this machine. Card locking hoppers ensure cards cannot be removed if its left unattended and the consumable door on the front of the printer is also lockable, so ribbons cannot be tampered with or removed. This is extremely efftive as the data you add to a printed card is left as trail on the ribbon, so ensuring this remains secure is paramount.

In terms of visual card security, the user has the choice of three PolyGuard™ LMX overlaminates, which are available in clear, holographic, and custom holographic.

The holographic laminate provides a globe image which is then laminated directly onto the card.

The custom holographic laminate allows a unique image or logo to be added to the surface of each card, which makes spotting cloned cards easier, and the clear overlaminate provides the card with a transparent protective layer.


The following encoding options are available with this machine, ISO magnetic stripe encoder, HID Prox, iClass, MIFARE/DESFire contact smart card encoder, HID iClass SE, iClass, MIFARE/DESFire and HID Prox encodery.

Printer Type

This printer is a dual-sided, direct-to-card model that has been built on the success of the popular Fargo DTC550 model. The machine uses a dye-sublimation print method and prints to the industry standard of 300dpi, with dual-sided lamination coming as standard.

Wasteless Lamination

A new feature from HID is the waste-less PolyGuard™ LMX overlaminates. The DTC5500LMX printer reduces consumable costs by up to 50%.

The new consumable design will drive savings in high-volume printing environments. Alongside the cost savings, the waste-less patches have rounded corners, by utilising round corners the result is a card coverage of 95.5%, compared to 88% coverage of competing products.

Card Types

The machine ensures full over-the-edge card coverage, and prints to CR80 (credit card) sized cards, PVC, PET, and a range of access control cards are all compatible with this printer. If you're printing to a contact, contactless,technology or proximity card and require more information, please give our team a call directly to ensure your desired card is compatible with this machine.

Print Speed

The DTC5500LMX has been designed for speed and meeting the demands of high-volume issuance. The new iON technology allows the printer to reach the optimal operating temperature in as little as 45 seconds. Based on in-house tests it takes approximately 16 seconds to print a full-colour YMCKO card and only six seconds for a one-colour monochrome card.

Another great feature on print speed is the dual-sided laminator warms up in less than one minute, reducing printing downtime.


A single wire Ethernet and USB 2.0 interface come as standard.

Operating Systems

The operating system is an important feature to take note of when purchasing a printer. The machine is compatible with Windows® 7, 8 and 10 (32 bit & 64 bit), Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012 MAC OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11. Please note it is advisable to call us before purchasing if you are using Linux as your operating system.


The DTC5500LMX was released to the UK market in 2017, this rugged, yet stylish printer wouldn’t look out of place in any professional office space. Additional modules follow the same aesthetic, making any upgrade look natural. The SmartScreen is a graphic display that shows easy-to-follow prompts that allow the user to know the status of the printer.

Card Design Software

Our recommendation is to opt for the EasyBadge Enterprise software. EasyBadge Enterprise holds an unlimited amount of records and has four built-in design templates. Image capture can be taken on both a mobile and tablet device which is then synced to the software via the free mobile app.

Printer Specification

Click here to download a copy of the Fargo DTC5500LMX printer specification.


Expert Verdict

Based on our review, we have awarded the DTC550LMX printer four stars out of five.

The printer is rich in features to ensure the user receives the highest quality of ID card possible, while valuable time and cost savings are made from the new waste-less lamination unit.

Please note that we only recommend this printer if you're looking to print a high-volume of cards each month with high-security credentials.

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