Magicard Prima 4 – Prima401

From £2,299.00

Reverse-transfer laminating printer for the highest quality card issuance

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The Prima 4 printers reverse transfer printing technology delivers superb print quality and is the ideal choice for printing technology embedded cards, as well as high volume batch printing. Images are printed onto a thin retransfer film in a “reverse image” and heat transferred onto the card. The quality of the finished card is comparable to off-set litho printing, but with the advantage that every card can be different.This process protects the image from the handling damage and produces a brilliant edge-to-edge image with superb registration and clarity.


The process works like this: The ID card image is printed from the YMCK dye film onto a clear retransfer film in a “reverse image” and is then laminated onto the card surface. The printed image is protected from scratching and fading by the clear film layer. In comparison, dye sublimation printers transfer the dyes directly onto the card surface using thermal transfer dye diffusion technology, followed by a thin acrylic varnish. Both methods use YMCK dye films, but the reverse transfer method uses an additional polyester transfer film.

The advantages of Reverse Transfer technology are: Amazing print qualityTrue over-the-edge printing on the cardThe ability to print cards with uneven surfacesThe ability to print onto non-PVC cards like ABS, such as smart and proximity cards PET, PVH and Polycarbonate.

PrinterPrint technology - 300dpi retransfer (600dpi option on request)
Feed system - Hopper fed
Card capacity - 100 card input hopper, 100 card output hopper
Printing - Single-sided and double-sided printing
Security - Electronic lock for hopper and door, security ribbon erase
Encoding optionsMagnetic stripe - ISO 7811 – tracks 1, 2 and 3
Smart card - Contact chip, MIFARE, DESFire and iClass
Connectivity and driversOperating Systems - Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 (32 and 64bit) Windows server 2003 R2 SP2, 2008, 2012
USB connection - USB rev1.1 and USB 2.0
Ethernet connection - Secure IPSEC Ethernet fitted as standard
Warranty3 year UltraCoverPlus - Telephone support, full printhead coverage and loaner service
Visual securityUV printing - YMCK-UV 750 images (full colour and UV panel)
Print speedColour - Over 100 cards per hour
Accepted cardsCard sizes - ISO CR80 85.6mm x 54mm / 3.375″ x 2.125″
ISO CR79 83.9mm x 51mm / 3.303″ x 2.051″
Card types - PVC, ABS, PET, PVH, and polycarbonate ISO blank cards, HiCo magnetic stripe and smart cards
Card thickness - 0.25mm to 1.0mm / 0.010” to 0.040”
Physical specificationsPrinter weight - 15.5Kg / 34lbs
Printer size - Height: 320mm / 12.6″ Width: 343mm / 13.5″ Length: 330mm / 13″
Environmental operating range - 15°C to 30°C / 59°F to 86°F ; 35% to 70% non-condensing
Optional upgradesIn-line laminator - Single-sided or double-sided lamination

Bend remedy for Prima 4 Duo only - Fitted as standard in Prima 4 Uno
Over-the-edge printing produces
the highest quality image which
prints over the edge of the card,
this avoids print imperfections.
Card encoding enables electronic data to
be written to the card as it is being printed.
Magicard ID card printers support a wide
range of in-printer card encoding:
Magnetic Stripe
All printers can be specified with ISO
standard 7811 compatible HiCo encoding
of magnetic stripe cards. Magicard’s dual
coercivity HiCo/LoCo Magnetic stripe
encoder option offers encoding of all 3
tracks with total user format flexibility.

Additional information

Printer Brand


Printer Technology


Printer option:

Single-sided ID card printer, Double-sided ID card printer

Printer Features

Dual-sided Printers, Single-sided Printers

Encoding Options

Combi-Encoding, Contact encoding, Contactless Encoding, Magnetic Stripe

Printer encoding

None, Magnetic stripe encoder, Smart card encoder, Magnetic stripe and smart card encoder


None, Lamination Uno, Lamination Duo

Magnetic option

Magnetic Stripe Encoder, None

Smartcard option

Contact chip & contactless encoding module, Contact chip encoding module, Contactless encoding module, None

Additional options

Bend Remedy, None