It may have come onto the market around three months later than planned, but it looks like the Magicard Rio Pro 360 has been worth the wait.
Magicard experienced problems getting the printer out onto the market early in January, so took some extra time to make sure they got everything right before releasing it.
The RioPro 360 replaces Magicard’s hugely popular RioPro. You could say it’s like the cooler, faster and smarter younger brother.
So what’s changed?
- It’s faster.
To be fair, the old Rio Pro didn’t exactly hang around, but the new Rio Pro 360 ups the game. As soon as you hit ‘print’, it jumps into action. It’s capable of printing a monochrome card every 5 seconds (that’s 750 cards an hour), and a colour card every 18 seconds, or 200 per hour.
For those of you who need to print high volumes of cards at speed, this increased efficiency will be welcome news.
2. It’s smarter.
The 360 is powered by an embedded Linux-based CPU, or LYNK. The marketing blurb likens it to ‘having a brain onboard’. This is what enables it to work faster – enabling seamless communication and the secure processing of ID data. This LYNK recognises USB and Ethernet and allows you to integrate with most third-party applications locally or in the cloud.
We’re told that its next iteration will include WiFi connectivity, though that’s not available just yet.
3. It has sharper print quality.
The LYNK onboard brain also gives you a wider colour spectrum to choose from which makes for improved print quality. Expect sharper and richer colours.
As well as being good from a branding perspective (the marketing department will be pleased), it also means that photographs come out clearer which is good for your ID cards.
4. It gives you more options for secure cards.
Magicard printers are well known for their secure HoloKote® watermarks, it’s what gives them a distinctive position in the card printer market.
For those of you who don’t know, all Magicard printers come with the ability to print a transparent watermark over the entire face of the card, for extra security.
You can select standard watermarks from the card printer’s driver.
With the 360, up to 10 Custom HoloKote® watermarks are available. This gives you the option to have your logo or specific design laid over your cards. If you have different departments or sister companies, you could have a watermark for each.
The embedded LYNK allows for the secure online delivery of these bespoke HoloKote® watermarks directly to the printer.
Some things haven’t changed though.
The 360 still comes with rewritable technology, Magicard’s leading 3-year Warranty and their technical support.
Another point of difference for Magicard printers is the fact that they come with rewritable technology.
This means that as well as producing colour cards through dye sublimation printing, they can also print rewritable cards through thermal imaging. This means they don’t use a ribbon to print – they ‘heat’ the image on, and then use heat again to erase it afterwards.
Rewritable cards are ideal if you also print temporary ID cards, say for Visitors or Temporary workers. You print a card when the visitor arrives and erase all the information when they leave, then keep the card for the next time.
This is ideal for data protection, particularly with the GDPR breathing down our necks.
You can print and erase the same card up to 500 times.
Bear in mind that you need special rewrite cards to use this function, you can’t use regular plastic cards. They generally only print in blue or black.
Three-year warranty for peace of mind
The Rio Pro 360 comes with Magicard’s 3-year UltraCoverPlus warranty, which is designed to ensure you can keep printing whatever happens. The warranty includes:
- Replacement of a damaged printhead
- A replacement printer if yours has to be shipped to the manufacturer for repair
Magicard are well known for the quality of their technical support. As well as an online portal full of self-help guides, training videos and downloads, they have a network of technical support engineers ready to help, many of which are UK-based.
- Made in Britain
One other thing that you may not know is that Magicard Printers are the only ID card Printers that are made in Britain – their Headquarters and manufacturing centre is in Weymouth, Dorset. So as well as the knowledge that you’re buying a quality card printer, you can also give yourself the satisfaction of ‘Buying British’.
We currently have an introductory offer on the Magicard Rio Pro 360: buy a single-sided printer for £1029 + VAT and we’ll upgrade you to the Double-Sided at no extra cost and throw in EasyBadge Lite ID Card Software too.
Rest assured that the 360 uses the same consumables that the Rio Pro did before it, so there isn’t a whole new suite of ribbons to consider.
Find out more information about the 360 on Magicard’s website.