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Fargo HDP5000 Single-Sided ID Printer

Key Features
  • High definition printing
  • Ethernet and USB connectivity
  • Field-upgradeable modular design
Buying Guide

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  • 101 to 500
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Fargo HDP5000 Single-Sided ID Card Printer

With the HDP5000, Fargo has delivered an ID card printer fit for any application. The HDP5000 is powerful, versatile, and durable enough to handle print jobs of any size. Its key attributes include an innovative high definition printing process, and a modular design that allows the system to be easily upgrade if your ID card program requires additional security features down the road. The printer also features built-in Ethernet connectivity, making it perfect for organization operating in a networked environment.

The Fargo HDP5000 using a unique high definition printing process in which images and text are first printed on a special film, then fused to the card’s surface. The resulting cards are vivid and detailed with image quality resembling that of a glossy magazine. Along with producing attractive ID cards, high definition printing also provides an additional layer of protection from wear and tear and tampering, and is also the ideal method for printing on technology cards with uneven surfaces.

Because the HDP5000 is built with a modular design, it can be upgraded in-field should your needs change at any point. Optional field-upgradeable modules are available for duplex printing, single and dual-sided lamination, magnetic stripe encoding, smart card encoding, and proximity card technology.

Product Features

HDP5000 Features

  • High definition single-sided printing
  • Ethernet and USB connectivity
  • Full color and monochrome printing
  • 100-card input hopper
  • Modular design with options for dual-sided printing, lamination, magnetic stripe, proximity card, and contact and contactless smart card encoding
  • Simple operation with cartridge based ribbons and film

System Requirements

General Print & Card Specifications

  • HDP Dye-Sublimation / Resin Thermal Transfer method
  • 300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm) image resolution
  • Up to 16.7 million colors / 256 shades per pixel
  • Over-the-edge printing on CR-80 cards
  • Input card cartridge capacity 100 cards (.030" / .762mm)
  • Output hopper card capacity 200 cards (.030" / .762mm)
  • Replaceable cleaning roller (included with each print ribbon)
  • Accepted standard card sizes CR-80 (3.370"L x 2.125"W / 85.6mmL x 54mmW)

Print Ribbon Options

  • Full-color, YMC*, 750 prints
  • Full-color with resin black, YMCK*, 500 prints
  • Full-color with two resin black panels, YMCKK*, 500 prints
  • Full-color with resin black and heat seal panel for difficult-to-print surfaces, YMCKH*, 500 prints

HDP Film Options

  • Clear (1,500 prints)
  • Standard Holographic (500 prints)
  • Custom Holographic, special order (500 prints)

Overlaminate Options

  • All overlaminates available in clear, standard holographic design or custom holographic design
  • Thermal Transfer Overlaminate, .25 mil thick, 500 prints
  • PolyGuard® Overlaminate, 1.0 mil and .6 mil thick, 250 prints (PolyGuard available in a CR-80 patch size)

Print Speed** (in batch mode)

  • 38 seconds per card / 95 cards per hour (YMC with transfer)*
  • 46 seconds per card / 78 cards per hour (YMCK with transfer)*
  • 70 seconds per card / 51 cards per hour (YMCKK with transfer)*
  • 50 seconds per card / 72 cards per hour (YMCK with transfer and dual-sided, simultaneous lamination)*
  • 75 seconds per card / 48 cards per hour (YMCKK with transfer and dual-sided, simultaneous lamination)*

Accepted Card Thickness and Types

  • Print only: .030" (30 mil) to .050" (50 mil) / .762mm to 1.27mm
  • Print/Lamination: .030" (30 mil) to .040" (40 mil) / .762mm to 1.02mm
  • ABS
  • PVC
  • PET
  • PETG
  • Proximity
  • Contact smart cards
  • Magnetic stripe cards
  • Optical memory cards

Other Printer Specifications

  • 16 MB memory
  • User-friendly, SmartScreen™ LCD Control Panel display
  • Windows® 2000 / XP / Server 2003 / Vista software drivers
  • Single Wire USB 2.0 Encoding


  • Double-sided printing
  • Card Lamination Module – single-sided or double sided
  • ISO Magnetic Stripe Encoding, dual high- and low-coercivity, Tracks 1, 2 and 3
  • Contactless Smart Card Encoder (HID iClass and MIFARE)
  • Contact Smart Card Encoder reads from and writes to all ISO7816-1/2/3/4 memory and microprocessor smart cards (T=0, T=1) as well as synchronous cards
  • Prox Card Reader (HID read-only)
  • Interface: USB 2.0 (high speed) and Ethernet with internal print server
  • 300-card input hopper (available soon)
  • Door and cartridge locks
  • Cleaning kit

Warranty Information

  • Printer - One year including On-Call Express (U.S. only); optional Extended Warranty Program (U.S. only)
  • Printhead - Lifetime warranty with unlimited passes

System Requirements

  • x86 based PC or compatible
  • Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, or Windows Vista
  • 500MHz computer with 256MB of RAM or higher
  • 500MB free hard disk space or higher


  • Operating Temperature 65° to 90° F / 18° to 32° C
  • Humidity: 20 - 80% non-condensing


  • HDP5000: 11.50"H x 12.25"W x 9.25"D / 292mmH x 313mmW x 235mmD
  • HDP5000 + Dual-Sided Module: 11.50"H x 17.50"W x 9.25"D / 292mmH x 445mmW x 235mmD
  • HDP5000 + Single-Sided Lam Module: 12.75"H x 25"W x 9.25"D / 324mmH x 635mmW x 235mmD
  • HDP5000 + Dual-Sided Module + Dual-Sided Lam Module: 12.75"H x 30"W x 9.25"D / 324mmH x 762mmW x 235mmD
  • Lam Module: 12.75"H x 12.25"W x 9.25"D / 324mmH x 313mmW x 235mmD


  • HDP5000: 16 lbs. / 7.3 kg
  • HDP5000 + Dual-Sided Module: 22 lbs. / 10 kg
  • HDP5000 + Single-Sided Lam Module: 28 lbs. / 12.7 kg
  • HDP5000 + Dual-Sided Module + Dual-Sided Lam Module: 36 lbs. / 16.4 kg

Agency Listings

  • Safety: UL 60950, CSA C2.2 No 60950, CB report (EN 60950), and CE mark
  • EMC: FCC Part15 Class A, EN 55022: 1998 Class A, CRC c1374, EN 61000-3-2: 2000, EN 61000-3-2: 1995, EN 55024: 1998, CE mark, and CCC mark
  • Supply Voltage: 100-240 VAC, 3.8A
  • Supply Frequency: 50 Hz / 60 Hz