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Fargo HDP600 Duplex ID Printer

Key Features
  • High definition printing
  • Dual card hoppers for high-volume applications
  • Options for advanced encoding technologies
Buying Guide

How many cards will you likely print in the first year?

  • 100 or less
  • 101 to 500
  • 501 or more
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Fargo HDP600 Duplex ID Card Printer

The Fargo HDP600 meets the demand for secure and reliable ID card personalization with cutting-edge encoding technologies and high definition printing. Perfect for high-volume, high-security applications in environments such as schools, government agencies, and corporations, the HDP600 is an all-in-one ID card printer and encoder. This is an excellent solution for printing high-security cards with embedded electronics.

Because of its unique high definition printing process, the HDP600 achieves consistent results when printing on technology cards. This is because the print head never comes in direct contact with the card surface. Instead, it first prints on a high definition film which is then applied to the card. This method is ideal for proximity cards, smart cards, and RFID cards, because of their uneven surfaces. Add to that the fact that high definition printing produces incredibly sharp and vivid text and images for professional IDs of the highest quality.

For a printer that does so much at once, the Fargo HDP600 is extremely fast. It prints and encodes cards in a single pass, which not only saves time, but also ensures the right information is going on each card. The printer features dual card hoppers allowing you to load up to 200 cards, or print on separate types of cards at the same time.

The Fargo HDP600 also includes a number of convenient features for easy operation. A SmartScreen LCD panel guides the user through the printing process and provides alerts and messages along the way. When the time comes to change out supplies, the process is quick and easy thanks to the printers color-coded ribbon system.

If your ID card program requires advanced functionality, available options for the HDP600 include lamination, magnetic stripe encoding, smart card encoding, and proximity card technology.

Product Features

HDP600 Duplex Features

  • High definition printing
  • Dual card hoppers
  • LCD SmartScreen
  • Prints and encodes in one pass
  • Handles high-volume printing
  • Easy-to-install, color-coded ribbons
  • User-friendly operation
  • Options for lamination and a variety of encoding technologies

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
  • Input hopper card capacity 200 cards (.030 / .762mm)
  • Output hopper card capacity 100 cards (.030 / .762mm)
  • Accepted standard card sizes CR-80 (3.375L x 2.125W / 85.6mmL x 54mmW)
  • Over-the-edge printing on CR-80 cards

Print Ribbon Options

  • Full-color, YMC*, 700 prints
  • Full-color with resin black, YMCK*, 500 prints
  • Full-color with two resin black panels, YMCKK*, 400 prints
  • Full-color with resin black and heat seal panel for difficult-to-print surfaces,YMCKH*, 400 prints

HDP Film Options

  • Clear (1,250 prints)
  • Standard Holographic
  • Custom Holographic, special order

Overlaminate Options

  • All overlaminates available in clear, holographic globe design or custom holographic design
  • Thermal Transfer Overlaminate, .25 mil thick
  • PolyGuard Overlaminate, 1.0 mil and .6 mil thick
  • PolyGuard available in a CR-80 patch size

Print Speed**

  • 44 seconds per card / 82 cards per hour (YMC with transfer)*
  • 54 seconds per card / 66 cards per hour (YMCK with transfer)*
  • 79 seconds per card / 45 cards per hour (YMCKK with transfer)*
  • 55 seconds per card / 65 cards per hour (YMCK/lamination)*
  • 80 seconds per card / 45 cards per hour (YMCKK/lamination)*

Accepted Card Thickness & Types

  • Print only: .030 (30 mil) to .070 (70 mil) / .762mm to 1.778mm
  • Print/Lamination: .030 (30 mil) to .040 (40 mil) / .762mm to 1.02mm
  • ABS
  • PVC
  • PET
  • PETG
  • Proximity cards
  • Contact smart cards
  • Magnetic stripe cards
  • Optical memory cards

Other Printer Specifications

  • 8 MB RAM memory
  • User-friendly, SmartScreen LCD Control Panel display
  • Additional LED display on card lamination module
  • Windows 2000/XP software drivers
  • USB 1.1 interface (Optional Centronics Parallel, IEEE 1284 compliant)


  • Printer Cleaning Kit
  • Card Lamination Module
  • External Print Server (Windows only; parallel)
  • Card Encoding Module port only; required for stand-alone networking of printer/encoders)
  • ISO Magnetic Stripe Encoding Module, dual high- and low-coercivity, Tracks 1, 2, and 3
  • JIS II Magnetic Stripe Encoding Module
  • E-Card Docking Station (required for all e-card options or 3rd party smart card encoding)
  • 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
  • Proximity Card Encoder (HID read-only)

Warranty Information

  • Printer One year; optional Extended Warranty Program (U.S. only)
  • Printhead Lifetime; unlimited pass with Fargo Certified Cards


  • Operating Temperature 65 to 80 F / 18 to 27 C
  • Humidity 20-80% non-condensing


  • Printer: 13H x 22.5W x 10.75D / 330mmH x 570mmW x 275mmD
  • Printer + Lam: 13H x 35W x 10.75D / 330mmH x 890mmW x 275mmD
  • Lam Module: 10H x 12.5W x 10.25D / 255mmH x 318mmW x 260mmD


  • HDP600: 39 lbs. / 17.7 kg
  • HDP600 + Lam: 58 lbs. / 26.4 kg
  • Lam Module: 19 lbs. / 8.7 kg

Agency Listings

  • Safety: UL 60950, CSA C2.2 No. 60950, CB report (EN 60950), CE mark
  • Emissions: FCC Part15 Class B, EN 55022: 1998 Class B, CRC c1374, ITS EMC mark, EN 61000-3-2: 2000, EN 61000-3-2: 1995, EN 55024: 1998, CE mark
  • Supply Voltage 100-240 VAC, 4.25A
  • Supply Frequency 50 Hz / 60 Hz

Fargo Certified Supplies: Fargo Card Printer/Encoders require highly specialized media to function properly. To maximize printed card quality and durability, printhead life and printer/encoder reliability, use only Fargo Certified Supplies. Fargo warranties are void, where not prohibited by law, when non-Fargo Certified Supplies are used.

* Indicates the ribbon type and the number of ribbon panels printed where Y=Yellow, M=Magenta, C=Cyan, K=Resin Black, H=Heat Seal

** Print speed indicates an approximate batch print speed and is measured from the time a card feeds into the printer to the time it ejects from the printer. Print speeds do not include encoding time or the time needed for the PC to process the image. Process time is dependent on the size of the file, the CPU, amount of RAM and the amount of available resources at the time of the print.