Evolis Plastic Card Printers


A diverse range of printers to suit any use

Read on for more information on all Evolis printers both current and discontinued.



The Zenius claims to be the greenest card printer on the market and comes with a software suite to get you up and printing sophisticated access cards as soon as it’s out of the box. It’s great for small runs of high security cards. The Evolis Premium Suite software will run your whole card-issuing system so you can manage everything through a simple Windows interface. It automatically links you to the online support centre for instant help should anything go wrong. Connect to your Windows machine (Mac and Linux are also available on request) via USB or Ethernet. Printer drivers are supplied and load automatically. As part of your package, you get a trial version of eMedia Card Designer to get you started. There’s no need to worry about complicated operations, the printer ribbon is a simple cassette that slips in one simple move and the Zenius will tell you when it’s time for a change. With chip and stripe encoding, you can produce your own ID cards, access badges, even payment cards. The Zenius is designed to be upgraded to add encoders so you can increase your security as needed. The printing is 300dpi, single-sided edge to edge in full colour or monochrome. Colour cards are produced at up to 150 cards an hour, or in black and white up to 500 cards an hour. Cards can be fed in manually or with a 50-card feeder cassette. It accepts cards from 0.25 to 0.76 mm in thickness and in a variety of materials to suit your budget. You can produce 100 full colour cards, 300 black and white, 1,000 single colour or 400 holographic cards per printer ribbon. Small and light, the Zenius can be set up on any desk or counter, and it’s simple enough to use that any member of staff can man and operate it. The Zenius comes with a two-year printer and print head warranty.



Primacy is flexible and capable of handling very high security card issuing with plenty of options, it specialises in high-speed printing in large runs. Choose the system that suits your needs, single or double-sided printing, and with various encoding options. The Primacy comes with the Evolis Premium Suite of software, which sets up automatically to get you started printing straight away, running operations from your PC and linking to online help. You also get the standard version of eMedia CS Card Designer with no limits on use for quick card design with Windows 8, 7 and Vista. Connect to a computer via USB or Ethernet or use the wireless connection that’s available as an option. The print speeds are impressive: 225 cards an hour in colour or 850 cards an hour in single colour. The card loader holds 100 cards and each ribbon can manage 250 cards before it needs replacing. Cards are fed in and then printed from the front of the machine, with a see-through panel to allow you to check on card levels. A reject tray keeps cards that don’t print properly safe. There are lots of options with Primacy. You can add in double-sided printing, magnetic encoding, contact or contactless smartcard options very simply. Low energy consumption and good productivity from ribbons (250 full colour cards per roll, 1,000 monochrome) make the Primacy very green. It’s almost silent too. Primacy comes with a three-year extendable warranty.



Badgy is as easy to use as a standard inkjet printer, and comes with a downloadable library of card templates to provide an instant design and print service for your ID badge system. It is designed for businesses that don’t need to produce large numbers of cards. It’s small enough – about the size of a sheet of A4 - to sit on a reception desk and produce new cards whenever they’re needed. The Badgy is compatible with Windows 7, Windows XP, Vista and Mac OS 10.7. Simply plug into your machine with the supplied USB cable. You’ll be guided through the whole printing process and every resupply with the installed software. Each card can be printed in 40 seconds and each printer ribbon can produce around 100 cards. The card feeder holds 100 cards, and you can choose from All PVC, laminated PVC, composite and PET cards. Badgy comes with a 1-year warranty.


Tattoo Rewrite

The big selling point of the Tattoo Rewrite is its ability to reprint on cards to save time and money. It’s perfect if you issue cards temporarily that you then want to reuse. Each card can be reprinted up to 500 times, which will save you money and is also environmentally friendly. The cards produced are very high quality with 300dpi printing at 8 seconds per card with the manual feed. You get a trial version of the eMedia Card Designer software, which can be updated as an option to print ID badges from Excel spreadsheets. The Tattoo Rewrite is very small; it’s around the size of a sheet of A4 paper, so just set it up on your desk, connecting either by USB or Ethernet cable. It can be operated via Windows 7, XP and Vista with networking as an option via Windows 2003 Server and Windows 2000. Drivers can be set up and installed by a complete beginner. Card feed is either automatic or card-by-card. You can feed up to 100 cards in for large jobs. It accepts a range of card thicknesses with no manual adjustment and can be set up to produce magnetic stripes or contactless chip cards. Magnetic encoding takes just four seconds. The Tattoo Rewrite comes with a two-year, or 15,000-card warranty.



Pebble is a printer for single-sided cards with photo-quality printing which can produce complex high security cards as an optional extra. It’s very easy to use, with a redesigned user interface for both Windows and Mac. Just use the supplied USB cable or Ethernet to plug into your computer, install the eMedia Card designer software and you’re ready to print a range of cards. Magnetic stripe encoding and smart cards (contact or contactless) can be printed with optional extras that are easily installed on this modular system. The printhead produces 300dpi images with a special colour matching filter so that the images on your card are almost exactly the same as those on your screen. Pebble can print 150 cards an hour in full colour or 1,000 cards an hour in monochrome for personalising pre-printed cards. Monitoring performance and replacing ribbons is easy. The whole of the front of the printer lifts up to give access to everything you need to resupply or adjust. With multiple card feeders, you can keep a range of cards ready to go and finish one by one or in longer runs.



The Dualys is the double-sided printer version of the Primacy and offers the same ease of use and optional extras to produce access cards and payment cards. Evolis claims the Dualys is one of the fastest printers available. The printing is 300dpi for high quality images and graphics. Double-sided, full-colour cards are produced at a rate of 125 cards an hour, monochrome cards are produced at 350 cards an hour and single-sided, single-colour cards pour out at 1,000 cards an hour. The 16 MB memory in the Dualys means it can recover from any system crashes without losing your print job. It’s very simple to use; a plug in and print machine. It has the same clamshell access that the Primacy does, so all replacement, maintenance, cleaning, loading and adjustments are in the same easy-to-reach location. There’s a manual feeder for card-by-card printing when you need to personalise cards on the spot. Alternatively, you can use the multiple feeders to set up a number of different card options and switch as you need to. Once the driver is installed, it will take you through the process of setting up your machine and using it with the print manager programme. You also get the eMedia Card Designer Software for designing and editing your badges. Connect to your computer or network with USB and Ethernet TCP-IP port. The Dualys runs on PC, Mac or Linux operating systems. Added extras include magnetic stripe encoders and the facility to produce smart cards. There’s a three year-unlimited use warranty on the Dualys.



The striking looking Quantum is more of a system than a printer and can handle large quantities of printing, producing cards up to bank card levels of security. It’s designed to be a step between a simple desktop system and the big industrial machines. It’s very fast, hitting the 1,000 cards an hour mark for a full single-colour card. The Quantum is designed to be set up on site to your specifications to produce a variety of cards with graphics, text, barcodes or chips. It’s robust – a metal body – and lockable to keep your ID process secure. A magnetic stripe encoder is part of the package, as is a contact smart card production system. You load up your blank cards, which then fly through the printing and encoding modules in one pass, finishing everything very quickly. It’s designed for big runs. Each card hopper – you can buy extras as an option – can hold up to 500 cards, pre-printed for personalisation. You can add cards to the hoppers without interrupting the printing process. The printer ribbons can produce up to 3,000 monochrome cards or 500 colour cards, so you don’t have to worry about lengthy downtimes in long runs. You’re kept fully updated on the status of your machine via an LCD alert system. Both the hoppers and the ribbons are easy to access as are the areas users can clean. Much of the Quantum is self-cleaning and it comes with an airtight, dust-free cover. The printing is at 300 dpi using colour dye sublimation and monochrome thermal transfer. It prints right to the edge of the cards and can print double-sided. You connect to your computer via USB or Ethernet ports. It runs on Windows 7, XP and Vista or Mac OS X 10.4 and higher, and can be adapted to run on Linux. You get eMedia Card Designer software, which works with Excel databases, to get you started straight away. The print head comes with a one-year or 500,000 cards warranty.



Securion, as the name suggests, is a high security system with a lamination facility that can also add hologram protection to the coating to keep badges securer and for longer. The cards produced by Securion are very secure. They’re suitable for high security access and match driver’s licences for the level of ID assurance. To laminate your cards, you buy the film from Evolis, choosing anything from a basic covering to an embedded hologram coating for super high security. The cost per card is competitive and there is no damage or distortion to the image on the card. There is a wide range of laminating and encoding options. You can make magnetic stripe cards, smart cards and contactless access cards from the same machine. The cards themselves can be printed double-sided with 300dpi resolution. The rates are good too. With Securion, you can produce 120 single-sided colour cards with a 1mm laminate. Double-sided (with a single-sided laminate) can be printed at 105 cards per hour. The machine itself is very easy to use. Everything you need to change or clean is accessed from one location and the laminate films are supplied in an easy-to-load cartridge. Connect to your computer with either USB or Ethernet connections. Any errors are reported to the user on an LCD screen. The Securion comes with its own locks to keep everything safe, or you can upgrade to a Kensington® locking system for extra security. The Securion works with most current Windows systems (7, XP and Vista) and drivers for Windows 2003 Server and Windows 2000 can be supplied. It works with Mac OS X. There is a two-year warranty (or 100,000 cards) on the working parts.