Magicard Rio Pro Single Sided Printer


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The Magicard Rio Pro card printer has now been discontinued and is to be replaced with the new Magicard Rio Pro 360, which is due to be available in Q2 of 2018.

Card printer ribbons for the Magicard Rio Pro are still availbale and can be seen online here.

Until the new Magicard Rio Pro 360 is available we recommend purchasing the Magicard Enduro3e card printer.

For customers purchasing a Magicard Enduro3e, we will include a:

  • FREE upgrade to dual side printing
  • FREE custom holokote
  • FREE UltraCover support and loaner service

Please note you will automatically receive the dual side upgrade, but the printer must be registered online with Magicard to receive the UItraCover and Custom HoloKote, and is only available to UK customers.


  • Magicard Rio Pro ID Card Printer
  • Printer Power Supply
  • USB Cable
  • Input & Output Card Hoppers
  • Driver Installation Disk

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

Magicard Rio Pro Product Review

The Rio Pro prints to a high quality and has the option to add secure Holokote® print on every printed card.

The printer prints to the standard CR80 credit card sized cards and is backed by Magicards 3-year UltraCoverPlus warranty.

This machine is suitable for printing staff ID, access control, smart cards, membership cards and much more.


“The Magicard Rio Pro is the industry choice for a wide range of professionals and has been for the past ten years. ”
“It delivers high-speed printing complete with a unique HoloKote watermark, so that printed cards are less likely to get duplicated.”
“On-going consumable costs are kept to a minimum.”

Key Printer Features

Print Quality

The print quality is second to none and gives the user the highest standard of cards in under 30 seconds. Once a card is printed it is dry and instantly ready to issue.


Magicard offers a 3-year UltraCoverPlus warranty on both the printer and print-head.

In the unlikely event of a field failure, Magicard will send a replacement loan printer while they repair the existing device.

Ease of Use

All aspects of the Rio Pro are simple and easy to use, whether it be a ribbon change or giving the machine a clean.

Please note: we advise that the machine is cleaned at the end of each ribbon cycle, which on average is around 250 prints.

The input and output hoppers are also an excellent asset to this machine; it helps in printing larger batches allowing the user to work on other jobs.

Ease of Setup

Unbox the printer, connect and follow the instructions in the set-up guide, and you should be up and running in under ten minutes.


Magicard has made a clear statement when it comes to security features within desktop card printers. The Rio Pro comes with numerous security options which are the standard HoloKote®, custom HoloKote® and the HoloPatch cards.

  • Standard HoloKote® – The Rio Pro will print a secure watermark onto the cards surface during printing. There are five standard designs to choose from to help prevent card duplication.
  • Custom HoloKote® – Printed just like the above, the custom HoloKote® allows the user to add a something a bit more specific to the card or organisation. A custom feature like this makes it easier to spot possible fake ID cards.
  • HoloPatch cards – This option enables the user to add a HoloPatch; this is a highly-visible gold seal.

All these options mean the user is lowering the risk of any attempt to duplicate printed cards.


The Rio Pro can print magnetic stripe and contactless cards such as MIFARE®.

Printer Type

The Rio Pro is a thermal card printer; this means that colour is transferred from a YMCKO ribbon and printed onto the card directly from heat through the print head.

Edge-to-edge card printing comes as standard, and the printer can cope with daily, weekly and high monthly print demands. It also offers the standard 300dpi (dots per inch) on each card.

Due to its durability, speed, and versatility combined with its advanced security feature it's a common choice within the UK’s education and corporate sectors for printing staff and student IDs, from primary schools to universities, all the way through to government organisations.

Card Types

Like all Magicard printers, the Rio Pro can print to CR80 credit card sized cards.

As the printer is available as a single and dual-sided model, it can print to both sides of the card; this makes it a popular choice for personalised or membership cards.

It can also encode contactless NFC cards such as MIFARE®, contact chip cards and magnetic stripe cards.

Print Volume

As mentioned above this machine is a popular choice across many sectors because of its durability to cope with high print demands.

As an example, educational organisations will often purchase three or more Rio Pro printers at a time during busy enrolment periods, so there are no long queues or waiting around for a batch to print.

Based on a full working week the Rio Pro can print 5,250 cards and on a 4-week working month 21,000 cards, very impressive, we know.

Print Speed

During a busy working day, you don’t want to stand around the printer waiting for cards to print. That's why print speed is an essential factor in your purchase, and the Rio Pro won’t let you down. In just one hour the Rio Pro can print 150 single-sided full-colour (YMCKO) cards and 500 single-colour (monochrome) cards.


You may not be the only member of staff responsible for printing cards, which is why the Rio Pro comes complete with both USB and Ethernet connections.

Ethernet connection means users can easily connect to an organisation network allowing them to print cards from multiple desktops.

Operating Systems

Please note the Rio Pro card printer is Windows and MAC OS X compliant.


The dimensions for the Rio Pro are; length: 47cm, width 18.5cm and height 25cm.


The Rio Pro has been on the market for many years now, but to this day it still carries a very modern look-and-feel.

The display screen gives it an edge over similar models on the market.

Card Design Software

If you're looking to create a professional card design, then we recommend choosing EasyBadge Professional. With an easy-to-use dashboard and pre-loaded design templates, it’s the most advanced card design software on the market.

Expert Verdict

Our overall rating of the Magicard Rio Pro is 4.5 stars out of 5. The main reason for our score is based on the number of additional security features that come as standard with this machine, alongside its overall print speed, printing 150 full-colour cards per hour is a big plus.

Security is a crucial area organisation are looking to improve, so adding a custom Holokote® design to cards mean potential criminals have no way of duplicating cards and also make duplicate cards very clear to spot.

On-going consumable costs are another key reason for the rating and knowing your business has a direct contact with Magicard’s UK based support team is also a significant plus point.

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