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Zebra p520i ID Printer

Key Features
  • Two-sided printing
  • Lamination
  • Password protection
  • USB interface
Buying Guide

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

  • 100 or less
  • 101 to 500
  • 501 or more
  • Don't Know
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When you work in a security-sensitive workplace, a regular card printer won't do the trick. You need a printer with fangs-- a printer that can produce tough, tamper-resistant cards that will keep undesirable elements out and classified information in. The Zebra P520i generates one or two-sided color cards, and lamination is built-in. Use holographic laminate as an additional reinforcement, especially if you plan to equip your printer with one or both of the optional magnetic stripe or contact smart chip encoding modules manufactured for the P520i.

The Zebra P520i is engineered for applications from law enforcement badges, to driver's licenses, to secure government or military ID cards. Lamination extends the lifespan of your ID cards exponentially, but it also makes it much more difficult to alter the information on your cards. You may also change the thickness of your laminate from .6 mil to 1 mil for an even sturdier card. And when it comes to the printer itself, a metal body and password protection will ensure that only authorized users print with your P520i.

Like the rest of the Zebra iSeries, the P520i keeps card printing simple. The printer automatically configures the driver and optimizes colors for the most realistic images possible, while the P520i's ribbon image counter keeps you up-to-speed on ink levels. Plus, a translucent card cover lets you see how many blank cards are left and allows you to add more while the printer works, saving you time. And with a 16-character LCD screen, you won't have to guess at the meaning of blinking LED lights. For a printer that's as tough as it is easy to use, choose the Zebra P520i.

Product Features

P520i Features

  • Print speed 36 seconds per double-sided, laminated card
  • One-year printer and printhead warranty
  • Optional built-in Ethernet
  • Realistic color imaging
  • Password protection prevents unauthorized users from printing

System Requirements

General Specifications

  • High speed printing with built in laminator
  • Windows drivers for 98, NT, 2000, ME, XP
  • One year printer warranty
  • One year (unlimited passes) printhead warranty


  • Color dye sublimation or monochrome thermal transfer printing
  • 100 cards per hour, color front, black back, 1.0 mil laminate
  • 300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm) print resolution
  • Enhanced fourth generation laminator with auto laminate synchronization

Bar Codes

  • Code 39, Code 128 B & C with & without check digit
  • 2 of 5 & 2 of 5 Interleaved
  • UPC-A, EAN 8 & EAN 13
  • PDF-417 2D bar code and other symbologies available via Windows drivers


  • Arial and Arial Bold
  • True Type fonts via Windows driver

Card Specifications*

  • Types: PVC, composite PVC (use composite cards when laminating)
  • Card width/length: ISO CR-80-ISO 7810, 2.12" (54mm) x 3.38" (86mm)
  • Magnetic Stripe-ISO 7811
  • Smart Card contact and contactless
  • Card thickness: 30 mil (.76mm) to 50 mil (1.27mm)
  • Card feeder capacity: 100 cards (30 mil)
  • Card output hopper capacity: 100 cards (30 mil)


  • 100 ~ 230 Volts AC, 50 ~ 60 Hz (auto switching)
  • 4MB image memory standard
  • FCC Class B, CE, UL and CUL approved

Communications Interface

  • USB 1.1 (USB 2.0 compatible) Centronics Parallel (parallel cable included)
  • Built-in Ethernet Option

Ribbon Specifications*

  • i Series Printers require the use of i Series ribbons for full color printing
  • YMCKK: 200 cards/roll
  • YMCK: 250 cards/roll
  • YMCUvK: 330 cards/roll
  • Monochrome: 1500 & 1000 cards/roll
  • (black, red, blue, green, yellow, silver, gold, scratch-off gray and white)
*for optimum printer performance use Genuine Zebra Supplies. Lamination Specifications**
  • Laminate for full coverage, magnetic stripe cards, and smart cards
  • Clear and holographic options available
  • 0.6 mil laminate capacity: 170 cards per roll
  • 1.0 mil laminate capacity: 100 cards per roll
  • Clear laminate for dual-sided cards (front full coverage and back 1/2 patch for magnetic stripe cards-50 cards)
  • Optional Custom Security Features
**for optimum laminator performance use Genuine Zebra Supplies.


  • Full metal enclosure with viewing window
  • Width: 32.75 in (832 mm)
  • Depth: 9.25 in (235 mm)
  • Height: 10.43 in (265 mm)
  • Weight: 47 lbs (21.45 kg)


  • Operating Temperature: 60F to 86F (15C to 30C)
  • Operating Humidity: 20% to 65% non-condensing
  • Storage Temperature: 23F to 158F (-5C to 70C)
  • Storage Humidity: 20% to 70% non-condensing
  • Ventilation: Free air


  • Built-in Ethernet
  • Smart card contact station (30 mil cards only)
  • Magnetic encoder (30 mil cards only) 3 track HiCo/LoCo
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Warranty programs (on-site and depot)