Lightweight, compact, and portable, the Magicard Pronto plastic ID card printer is an ideal choice for membership clubs and small businesses. Quality and security are two key features of the machine as the printer allows the user to print both full-colour and single-colour cards to CR80 credit cards size while adding a layer of visual security at no extra cost.
(Please note no ribbon, software or blank plastic cards is supplied with the printer.)
Magicard Pronto Product Review
The Pronto has been awarded the best value ID card printer across our entire range.
It's renowned for its reliability, versatility, and easy-to-use technology making it the number one choice for lower print volume issuance.
The printer has a single card feed so that the user can produce a professional looking printed card in seconds.
Save money on on-going consumables as the printer enables the user to print on the reverse side of the card in full colour and then rewrite the front side of a card up to 500 times.
An excellent choice for printing high-quality photo ID suitable for staff, student's, visitors and contractors.
The Magicard Pronto delivers vibrant colours, crisp text, instantly dry, ready to issue, and scratch and colour-fade resistant cards.
This printer also produces rewritable cards that are ideal for visitor management or loyalty card printing.
A 2-year warranty cover and comprehensive telephone and online support come as standard with the Pronto.
As the Pronto is single feed, printing cards couldn’t be easier.
Ribbon changes are completed by undertaking a simple drop-in process, and cleaning the printer can be achieved in a matter of minutes.
Setting up the Magicard Pronto is a simple process. Everything you'll need is there in the box, all you'll need to do is follow the instructions in the guide.
Installing the printer driver is effortless, just follow the instructions.
It's important to note that the printer driver needs to be installed before the Pronto is connected to the printer.
The printer can add visual card security to every single card printed at no extra cost, protecting your business assets, data, and employees.
Security is a top priority for many UK businesses and organisations, and the Pronto is the perfect solution.
When printing a card, the user can add a HoloKote® watermark to each card. This is a patented technology that prints a secure watermark onto the card.
The Pronto comes with four predefined watermarks that can be selected from the printer.
The Pronto is a direct-to-card (DTC) machine. If you’re new to card printing don’t worry, this is the most common method of ID card printing. It means that the card design is transferred from the ribbon and printed directly onto the card through heat transfer from the print head that sits within the printer.
The Pronto prints to CR80 (credit card sized cards) and as mentioned earlier in the review, the printer can only print single-sided cards.
This printer is not set up to meet daily, weekly or even monthly high-volume prints as each card needs to be hand fed into the machine.
The overall print speed is significantly slower than other DTC models. Based on a full working day of seven hours the printer will be able to print around 700 full-colour cards.
The Pronto takes 35 seconds to print one full-colour card and around seven seconds to print a single-colour card.
If you’re looking for a faster speed, then we would advise looking at the Enduro3e model which include an input-card hopper as the overall print speed would be significantly quicker.
It's only available with a USB rev1.1 and USB 2.0 connection, an Ethernet connection is not available.
A USB connection allows one device to send print jobs to the printer at any given time. If you wish to move the printer within your office or between locations, then you’ll need to plug the USB cable into that computer directly.
The Pronto is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1, 10 (32 and 64bit) Windows server 2003 R2 SP2, 2008, 2012, 2016, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X 10.9.0 onwards.
One of the smallest printers within our range measuring; length 27 cm, width 21.5 cm and height 23.3 cm. Its portability and versatility come with no compromise in print performance.
The appearance of the Pronto is basic. The blue power switch and card feed are easily visible and located on the face of the machine alongside the curves that showcase an ultra-robust card printer.
Choose from one of four template designs, and take images using a mobile or tablet device with use of the free EasyBadge app.
Click here to download a copy of the Magicard Pronto printer specification.
Our verdict is to award the Magicard Pronto four and a half stars out of five.
We love the fact that Magicard value security and give the user the opportunity to add one of four standard HoloKote® designs to every card printed at no extra cost.
The reliability and single card feed mean it’s a perfect option for beginners who are looking to print staff ID, membership, and even loyalty and discount cards.
If we had to choose one area for improvement, it would be the ability to add an input-card hopper, which would eliminate the need of cards being fed manually into the machine.
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