Magicard Prima 4 retransfer printer

Using retransfer technology, the Prima 4 produces photo quality cards, comparable to offset litho printing.


High-volume photo quality printing

FIPS 201 certified for the personalisation of US Government credentials, the Magicard Prima 4 provides a reliable, robust solution for instant issuance in a compact package. Using a retransfer printing process, images are first printed onto a thin film then heat transferred onto the card surface. This produces a high resolution glossy image, printed right over the edge of the card.


Customisable stealth security

A special dye sublimation Ultra Violet (UV) ribbon can be used with the Prima 4 for the printing of invisible photographs, logos, text or symbols when issuing high security cards. The UV ink is not detectable to the naked eye, but is only visible with the use of a UV light source. This special YMCK-UV ribbon offers an affordable yet still highly secure feature to decrease susceptibility to counterfeiting.

Trusted electronic security

The Magicard Prima 4 can be equipped with a range of card encoding devices to write secure electronic data to cards at the point of issuance. Smart card encoding options include contact chip, MIFARE, DESFire and iClass. Specialist high-security encoders, such as EMV accredited devices, can also be fitted for the in-line personalisation of payment cards. The Prima 4 can also be supplied with a magnetic stripe encoder built-in.

Backed by the industry’s best 3 year warranty*

Magicard Prima 4 with UltraCoverPlus – our promise to keep you printing.
The reliability of our well-established print engine enables us to offer you a comprehensive 3 year warranty with full telephone and online support. This includes a free replacement for any printhead damaged over the lifetime of the warranty. In the unlikely event of a field failure, we will overnight a replacement loan printer to you whilst we repair your existing device.


PrinterDetailsProduct code
Print technology300dpi retransfer (600dpi option on request)
Feed systemHopper fed
Card capacity100 card input hopper, 100 card output hopper
Single-sided printing-Prima 401
Double-sided printing-Prima 402
SecurityElectronic lock for hopper and door, security ribbon erase

Encoding optionsDetails
Magnetic stripeISO 7811 – tracks 1, 2 and 3
Smart cardContact chip, MIFARE®, DESFire® and iClass®. Other encoders available, see encoder compatibility matrix

Connectivity and driversDetails
Operating systemsWindows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1, 10 (32 and 64bit)
Windows server 2003 R2 SP2, 2008, 2012
USB connectionUSB rev1.1 and USB 2.0
Ethernet connectionSecure IPSEC Ethernet fitted as standard

3 year UltraCoverPlus*Telephone support, full printhead coverage and loaner service. *Available in North America, EU and other selected territories. *Elsewhere a minimum of 1 year limited depot warranty.

Visual securityDetailsProduct code
UV printingYMCK-UV 750 images (full colour and UV panel)Prima 434

Print speedDetails
Colour Over 100 cards per hour

Accepted cardsDetails
Card sizes
ISO CR80 85.6mm x 54mm / 3.375″ x 2.125″
ISO CR79 83.9mm x 51mm / 3.303″ x 2.051″
Card typesPVC, ABS, PET, PVH, and polycarbonate ISO blank cards, HiCo magnetic stripe and smart cards
Card thickness0.25mm to 1.0mm / 0.010” to 0.040”

Physical specificationsDetails
Printer weight15.5Kg / 34lbs
Printer sizeHeight: 320mm / 12.6″ Width: 343mm / 13.5″ Length: 330mm / 13″
Environmental operating range15°C to 30°C / 59°F to 86°F ; 35% to 70% non-condensing

Optional upgradesDetailsProduct code
In-line laminatorSingle-sided or double-sided laminationPrima 451 / Prima 452
Bend remedy for Prima 4 Duo onlyFitted as standard in Prima 4 UnoPrima 424

Printer variantsDetailsProduct code
Prima 4 UnoSingle-sided retransfer printerPrima 401
Prima 4 DnoDouble-sided retransfer printerPrima 402