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The Fargo HDP5600 card printer is a perfect choice for organisations looking to maintain a high level of corporate appearance by printing photo ID cards with the highest image and text quality available. Colours are vibrant, images are photo-like and creating highly-detailed artwork on your ID cards has never been easier. The HDP5600 also prints directly onto both PVC cards and cards with an uneven surface such as access control and proximity cards from all leading brands.
(Please note no ribbon, software or blank plastic cards are supplied with the printer.)
Fargo HDP5600 Product Review
The HDP5600 is the perfect choice for businesses and organisations looking to produce large volumes of high definition photo ID cards routinely. Built on fifth generation High Definition Printing® (HDP) platform, the HDP5600 delivers outstanding print quality and can handle both simple or complex ID card designs.
Take high definition card printing to the next level with precision print quality of the HDP5600. The 600 dpi (dots per inch) delivers the highest image quality possible in today's market, with photo-like images and crisp, detailed text as standard. The 5600 also includes a colour Assist™ tool designed to match spot colours on company logos and images correctly.
One of the most significant benefits of the HDP5600 is the reduced printer downtime. Time savings are accumulated due to the printhead never coming into contact with the card surface. Enjoy stress-free printing from day one as a three-year printer warranty also backs the 5600.
From setup to ribbon changes, each task requires minimal time and training due to the printer’s intuitive design and operating system.
The HDP5600 offers a new feature specifically designed to prevent card cloning and duplication. Each printed card is tamper evident, which means if any layer of the card is peeled apart, the image displayed begins to destroy itself making it unrecognisable. Another visual card security feature utilised on the 5600 is the use of Holographic overlaminates. A holographic overlaminate or holographic HDP film is applied to the face of the ID card and can be a custom design, logo or text bespoke to the organisation. This feature makes cloned versions of cards much easier to spot.
The HDP5600 has several encoding options including Supported smart card and magnetic stripe technologies: 125kHz (HID Prox) reader; 13.56 MHz (iCLASS® Standard/SE/SR/Seos, MIFARE Classic®, MIFARE Plus®, MIFARE DESFire® EV1, ISO 14443 A/B, ISO 15693) read/write encoder.
This machine is a retransfer card printer. Retransfer printers offer a high level of image quality over standard direct to card printers meaning the card design is printed onto a transparent film which is then fused onto the surface of a card. Retransfer printing also allows for full over the edge coverage of the card.
The printer prints to CR80 (credit card) sized cards only but from a range of materials including ABS, PVC, PET, PETG, proximity, smart and mag stripe cards, optical memory cards, polycarbonate. Please note that ABS and PVC cards are not recommended for use in the HDP5600 Lamination Module.
One full-colour card with a retransfer film will take around 29 seconds per card to print. Please note that adding additional transfer films such as; single or dual-sided lamination will result in longer print speeds.
The base model comes with both USB and Ethernet connectivity options.
The printer is compatible with Windows® 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 / Vista® / XP / Server 2012 / Server 2012 R2 / Server 2008 / Server 2008 R2 / Server 2003.
The dimensions for the standard base model unit are, 29cm H x 31cm W x 23.5cm D.
Released in late 2018, the printer carries a modern look and is instantly recognisable as a printer from the HID Fargo range. Whether used on an office desk or open reception area, it will certainly give off the wow factor.
With corporate appearance high on the agenda, we advise on opting for EasyBadge Enterprise software. The software allows the user to choose from one of four built-in templates or if you want to experiment, switch to the creative mode and create a more complex design from scratch. Please note that EasyBadge is not Mac compatible.
Our verdict is to award this machine 4.5 stars out of 5. The superior print quality means creating highly-detailed artwork on your ID cards has never been easier. Delivering full over the edge coverage and the ability to handle complex designs makes it a stand out choice for any business or organisation with a keen eye for corporate appearance.
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