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IDP Smart 51D Dual Sided Card Printer

If you need to print on both sides of the card the Smart 51D delivers reliability, performance, ease of use and a real value for money that no other printer can match.

The 51D is a direct replacement for the IDP Smart 50D, which has now been discontinued.

Features of the IDP Smart-51D ID Card Printer

  • Colour or monochrome double-sided printing
  • 300dpi edge to edge (near edge), dye-sublimation printing
  • Secure UV printing capabilities
  • Print speed of 5 seconds per card for monochrome and 17 seconds for full colour (single sided) an 22 seconds (double sided)
  • 2 line LCD screen and LED buttons for manual operation
  • Free Software - EasyBadge Lite (Normally £145)
  • 100 card input hopper with lid closed, 200 card input hopper with lid open
  • 40 card removable output hopper and 100 card reverse hopper upgrade
  • Guarantee - 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • Peace of mind - 5 year printer warranty (3 year print head warranty)
  • Easy to use - easy set up, plug and play USB card printer
  • Low running costs - from just 12p per full-colour print
  • Versatile - can be upgraded to dual-sided printing at any time.
  • Robust metal chassis
  • Never run out of ribbons - low ribbon notification ensures you never run out of printer ribbon.

Upgrade options available:

  • Ethernet Connection
  • Laminator
  • Magnetic Stripe Encoder
  • Contact Smart Card Encoder: Internal - ISO 7816 (ID 1)
  • Contactless Smart Card Encoder: Internal, 13.56Mhz - ISO 14443 (Type A/B), Mifare, Desfire, iClass
  • Optional lockable hopper and ribbon to secure cards in the printer
  • Kensington slot to secure the printer to a wall or table

About the  IDP Smart 51D Double Sided ID Card Printer

The IDP Smart-51D is a low cost, reliable and easy to use printer that is ideal for all kinds of card issuance including ID cards, access control cards, visitor passes, membership, loyalty and discount cards.

The plug and play set up is quick and intuitive so you can be printing your first cards within minutes, especially when using the free EasyBadge software.

Fast printing and low cost consumables ensure the IDP Smart 51D is economical to run with full colour cards costing around 12p each to print.  The printer accepts a variety of card types including PVC, composite PVC and PET in standard credit card size with a thickness tolerance between 15mil to 40mil, including standard credit card thickness of 30 mil (760 micron).   

IDP's FINE™ Imaging Technology gives high definition print quality ensuring bright colours and clear definition on skin tones for ID cards.  Crisp edges also ensure that barcodes and fine line print can be easily read.

Ribbons are cost effective and easy to install.  The auto ribbon search function prevents ribbon wastage and automatically detects the new ribbon, adjusting the settings automatically.  The printer will also let you know when your ribbon is running low so you can ensure you order more before you run out.

The sleek design and quiet print cycle of the Smart 51D make it an ideal printer for a reception desk or office environment.

If security is a requirement for you, the Smart 51D can print an UV overlay, similar to that used on UK driving licences, on to your cards by using a special UV ribbon (YMCKFKO).  This print is only visible under UV light and makes it much harder for cards to be counterfeited. 

With a range of optional upgrades it's possible to add on to your printer if your future needs change to allow double-sided printing, lamination and ethernet connection.  A range of encoding options are also available to facilitate magstripe, contact and contactless card encoding.

The Smart printer's rigid metal interior body make them extremely durable printers and they also come with a full 5 year warranty (3 years for the print head) as standard so you can be sure you've made a sound investment by choosing IDP.

  IDP Smart-51D ID Card Printer Features and Specifications

  Print technology

  Dye sublimation

  Print area   Edge to edge
  Print resolution   300 dots per inch
  Dual sided printing   Yes
  Print speed

  OVer 200 cards per hour for colour (max 17 seconds per card)

  Up to 720 cards per hour for monochrome (5 seconds per card)

  Card capacity   Automatic feed: 100 card input hopper with lid closed, 200 card input hopper with lid open.   

  40 card removable output hopper and optional upgrade to 100 card hopper.

  Compatible Card Dimensions

  ISO CR80 85.6mm x 54mm

  ISO CR79 (Factory installed upgrade)

  Card thickness 0.38mm – 1.0mm / 15mil to 40mil

  Memory   64MB RAM
  Card encoding options

  Magnetic stripe encoding: HiCo and LoCo encoder ISO 7811 – tracks 1, 2 and 3

  Smart card encoding: Contact chip (ISO7816 ID-1), MIFARE (ISO14443), DESFire and iClass.

  Printer Dimensions   165mm (w) x 498mm (l) x 210mm (h)
  Weight   11.5lbs / 5.2kg
  Printer interfaces   USB, Ethernet (option)
  Supported Platforms   Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista/7/8/10/Mac OS/Linux
  Power source    Free voltage (AC110-220V 50-60Hz)
  Warranty   5 years for the printer, 3 years for the print head

Why Choose ID Card Centre?

At ID Card Centre, we genuinely care about our customers. Whether you're purchasing for the first time or one of our many long-standing clients. When purchasing with us, our guarantees to you are:

•    All in stock orders when placed before 3pm will be shipped the same day.

•    We guarantee 100% satisfaction or your money back.

•    Price match guarantee on all our products.

Still unsure? Contact us today through our live chat or call us on 01604 422 422.

Secure recycling service

   Delivery Promise   

Fast, Reliable, UK Next Working Day Delivery - free on web orders over £150!

All orders for stock items, received prior to 3.00pm, will be dispatched the same day. It may still be possible to dispatch orders after this time so if your order is urgent please call us to check.

Best Price Guarantee!

We endeavour to always offer the best possible prices to our customers.  Therefore if you’ve received a cheaper quote elsewhere, for exactly the same product or service, please let us know and if we can't beat it we'll price match it!

Buy with Confidence - 100% satisfaction guaranteed!

Our extensive product experience, honest advice and technical support along with our price match promise, low cost and fast delivery options and hassle free returns means we're sure you'll be more than satisfied with the service from ID Card Centre!

Flexible, secure payment options

We offer four secure payment options for all web orders.  

  • All Major Credit and Debit Cards including American Express
  • Bank Transfer
  • Invoice
  • PayPal


Delivery Times for UK

 Delivery Times for Europe

Delivery Times for Asia 

Delivery Times for USA and the Rest of the World 

UPS Standard

Next business day Flat rate of £6.50 + VAT per web order, free on orders over £150 

2 - 3 business days from despatch

Not available

Not available

UPS (Express) Saver

Next business day by 12pm

Next business day delivery

2 - 5 business days from despatch

1 - 2 business days from despatch

UPS Express

Next business day by 10.30am

Next business day by 12pm

2 - 4 business days by 12pm

1 - 2 business days by 12pm

UPS (Worldwide)   Express Plus 

Next business day by 9am

Next business day by 9am

2 - 4 business days by 9am

1 - 2 business days by 9am

Shipping amounts for all UPS services other than our Standard Flat Rate shipping are calculated on weight and volume at the checkout.

If you need same day or weekend delivery we may be able to arrange this so please contact us before placing your order.


If you want to find out information about our returns policy then click here.

ID Card Printers
Printer Manufacturer IDP Smart
Print Technology Dye Sublimation
Single or Double Sided? Double Sided
Printer Features Ethernet,UV Printing,Windows Compatible,Near Edge Printing
Encoding Options Magnetic Stripe Encoder,Contact Smart Card Encoder,Contactless Smart Card Encoder,MIFARE Encoder
Print Volume 2 Med (up to 10k cards per year),3 High (over 10k cards per year)
Printer Type Purchase

IDP Smart 51D Dual Sided Card Printer - IN STOCK NOW

  • Brand: IDP Smart
  • Product Code: 36-2005
  • SKU:
  • Availability: In Stock
  • £789.00

  • Inc Tax: £946.80
Order before 3pm and receive your item on the
21 February 2018

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