FARGO HDP820/825 High Definition Color ID Printers
(available with card lamination module)

Price $8,495 - HDP825

C30 ID Color Card Printer NEW
Price $2,295

The Fargo HDP820/825 gives you the highest definition printing and encoding capabilities for your high-end applications.

High Definition Printing™ - the new definition of card printing excellence.
The HDP820/825 Card Printer/Encoder features FARGO's one-of-a-kind High Definition Printing technology. Unlike direct-to-card printing, this revolutionary process prints images onto special HDP™ Film which is then fused into the surface of a card through heat and pressure. This technology offers you a wealth of printing and encoding advantages over traditional direct-to-card printers.

Print quality that is over-the edge.

The print quality of HDP technology is outstanding. Thanks to its unique printing process, the HDP820/825 prints 16.7 million colors at 300 dpi for unsurpassed image clarity and depth. It prints tightly to the edge of any size smart chip, as well as over-the-edge of a card, giving you professional quality cards with absolutely no borders. Even on oversized cards!

E-card encoding capabilities.
Perhaps the greatest impact the HDP820/825 can have on your organization lies in its e-card encoding capabilities. The HDP820/825 can encode up to three different e-card technologies plus a magnetic stripe on a single card - all in one pass! it can print and encode standard e-card types, including: contact smart cards, contactless smart cards and proximity cards. With these e-card encoding capabilities, your organization has access to a whole new level of security and functionality.

Prints on a wide variety of cards.
High Definition Printing shatters the boundaries of direct-to-card printers by allowing you to print and encode card sizes from CR-80 up to print and encode card sizes from CR-80 up to CR-100. Plus, you can print on extra thick cards, like popular clamshell proximity cards, and cards with irregular surfaces, such as proximity and smart cards.

Uncompromising performance.
You might expect a printer with such high print quality and flexibility to compromise on performance Not this one. It comes standard with 8MB of memory, a Windows® printer driver, and independent printing and encoding stations. It also offers high-volume print ribbons and 250-card capacity hoppers for fast, uninterrupted batch printing. Plus, for maximum card production, it can even be networked with other HDP printers.

Reliable and easy to use.
The HP820 is designed for simple, worry-free operation. It features drop-in ribbon loading, easy-to-load card hoppers that protect cards, and an automatic card cleaning feature that assures the highest print quality.

HDP printing gives you added security.

Remarkable security is another of the many benefits you get with HDP technology. Because graphics and text are printed on the underside of the HDP film, the image "sandwiched" between the durable film and the card. This results in cards that are virtually tamperproof. Plus, HDP Film is available with holographic images, giving you the ultimate in advanced card security.

FARGO's HDP820/825 is so advanced, it will meet virtually all of the card personalization needs of your organization -- now and in the future.

Contact and authorized FARGO integrator about the HDP820/825 Card Printer / Encoder!

Print Method: HDP Dye-Sublimation/Resin Thermal Transfer
Resolution: 300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm)
Colors: Up to 16.7 million/256 shades per pixel
Print Ribbon Options:
  • Full Color, YMC*, 700 prints
  • Full Color with resin black, YMCK*, 250 or 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; extra wide for over-the-edge printing on CR-100 cards

    All HDP ribbons utilize FARGO's exclusive Ribbon Traq™ system for maximum print quality, performance, reliability and ease of use.
HDP Film Options:
  • Clear, 1,250 prints
  • Standard Holographic
  • Custom Holographic, special order
Overlaminate Options:
  • Thermal Transfer Overlaminate, .25 mil thick
  • PolyGuard Overlaminate, 1.0 mil and .6 mil thick
  • All overlaminates available in clear, holographic globe design or custom holographic design. PolyGuard available in CR-80, CR-90 and CR-100 patch sizes
Print Speed:**

32 seconds per card / 122 cards per hour (YMC with transfer)*
38seconds per card / 94 cards per hour (YMCK with transfer)*
66 seconds per card / 54 cards per hour (YMCKK with transfer)*
40 seconds per card / 90 cards per hour (YMCK/lamination)*
72 seconds per card / 50 cards per hour (YMCKK/lamination)*

Accepted Standard
Card Sizes:

CR-80 (3.375"L x 2.125"W /85.6mmL x 54mmW)
CR-90 (3.63"L x 2.37"W / 92mmL x 60mmW)
CR-100 (3.88"L x 2.63"W /98.5mmL x 67mmW)

CR-80 (3.375"L x 2.125"W /85.6mmL x 54mmW)

Print Area:

Over-the edge on all accepted standard card sizes listed above
(YMCKH ribbon required for over-the-edge printing on CR-100 cards)

Maximum Accepted
Card Width Range:
2.125" to 2.63" / 54mm to 67mm
Maximum Accepted
Card Length Range:
3.375" to 3.88" / 85.6mm to 98.5mm
(30 mil maximum for CR-100 size cards)
Accepted Card Thickness:

.030" (30 mil) to .070" (70 mil) / .762mm to 1.778mm
(30 mil maximum for CR-100 size cards)
Print/Lamination: .030" (30 mil) to .040 (40 mil) / .762mm to 1.02mm

Accepted Card Types: ABS, PVC, PET, PETG, proximity, smart and mag stripe cards, optical memory cards
Input Hopper Card Capacity 250 cards (.030" / .762mm) - HDP820/820-LC
200 cards (.030" / .762mm) - HDP825/825-LC
Output Hopper Card Capacity: 100 cards (.030" / .762mm); 250 cards with optional Card Output Stacker
Security Features: SmartGuard printer security - available only for HDP820 and HDP820-LC
Memory: 8MB RAM; upgradeable to 32MB
Display: User-friendly, 4-line LCD display with Softkey Control Pad
Software Drivers: Windows® 95/98/Me/NT 4.0/2000/XP
Encoding Options:
  • 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)
  • Contact Smart Card Encoder reads and writes to all (ISO 7816-1/2/3/4) memory and microprocessor smart cards, (T=0 & T = 1) as well as synchronous cards
  • Contactless Smart Card Encoder (Mifare)
  • Prox Card Encoder (HID read-only)
System Requirements: IBM-PC or compatible, Windows 95/98/Me/NT 4.2/2000/XP, Pentium® class 133MHz computer with 32MB of RAM or higher, 200MB free hard disk space or higher, ECP parallel port with DMA access
Interface: Centronics Parallel, IEEE 1284 complaint
Operating Temperature: 65º to 80º F / 18º to 27º C
Humidity: 20-80% non-condensing
Dimensions: HDP820/825:
15"H x 26.1"W x 14"D / 381mmH x 663mmW x 356mmD

15"H x 34.75"W x 14"D / 381mmH x 883mmW x 356mmD

LC Module:
14.3"H x 26.1"W x 14.3"D / 363mmH x 663mmW x 363mmD
Weight: HDP820/825: 70 lbs. / 31.8 kg
HDP820-LC/825-LC: 87 lbs. / 39.5 kg
LC Module: 21lbs. / 9.5 kg
Agency Listings: Safety: UL 1950, CSA C2.2 (No. 950-95) and TüV-GS (EN 60950 A1-A4, A11)
Emissions: ITS (EN 55022 Class B: 1995), FCC Class B, EN 50082-1:1997, BSNUM CRC c1374 and CE Mark
Supply Voltage: 100-240VAC, 2.5A
Supply Frequency: 50Hz / 60 Hz
Warranty: Printer - One year; optional Extended Warranty Program (U.S. only)
Printhead - Lifetime - unlimited passes
  • 32MB Ram Upgrade Kit
  • Printer Cleaning Kit
  • External Print Server (Windows only; required for stand-alone networking of printers)
  • USB-to-Parallel Interface Cable (Windows 98/Me/2000/XP only)
  • Card Lamination Module
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.

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