Fargo HDP8500 Dual Sided ID Card Printer

Fargo HDP8500 Dual Sided ID Card Printer

Vendor: fargo Item#: 88500 View brochure

When you need an industrial grade card printer with encoding, you need the Fargo HDP8500 Dual-Sided ID Card Printer. Featuring “High Definition Printing” (HDP) technology, the Fargo HDP8500 Dual-Sided ID Card Printer gives you optimal performance for high-duty cycle and extended-run situations when issuing personalized credentials. For example, the Fargo HDP8500 Dual-Sided ID Card Printer is perfect for situations with high throughput requirements, like large government ID card programs, highly involved service bureau conditions, and large universities and enterprise environments.

Optimal Security Features

The Fargo HDP8500 Dual-Sided ID Card Printer comes with the HID Global Trusted Identity Platform with built-in security features like operator PIN number access, multi-locking entry points, data encryption, and resin ribbon data-erase functionality. You’ll definitely know your system is secure.

High Definition Printing Quality

Also called retransfer print technology, the Fargo HDP8500 Dual-Sided ID Card Printer works with a variety of card materials for greater printing flexibility. It prints crisp, high definition images, even on technology cards with surface imperfections.

High Durability

The Fargo HDP8500 Dual-Sided ID Card Printer is the best printing system when you need ID cards that last. Featuring clear and holographic over laminate patches that give you great durability and longer life, you can also choose the optional durable retransfer film for greater abrasion resistance. You get the highest-level security features like secure printing and secure lamination that gives you long-lasting protection from fraud.

Great in Challenging Environments

Built to work even in non-climate controlled areas, high heat, dirt, and debris, the Fargo HDP8500 has an airflow and filtration system, canopy dust seals, and internal temperature sensors so that you always have optimal printing conditions no matter what’s in your environment.

Multi-Processing Abilities

The Fargo HDP8500 Dual-Sided ID Card Printer can encode one card while printing a second card and laminating a third. The true multi-tasker on your staff. You can also choose the performance mode for the fastest throughput speed, approximately 1,000 full-color, single-sided cards per shift.

Print Method

HDP Dye-Sublimation/Resin Thermal Transfer

Print Platform

Dual-sided printing (standard)


300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm)


Up to 16.7 million/256 shades per pixel

Print Speed (batch mode)

  • Up to 1200 cards per shift/24 seconds per card (YMC with transfer)
  • Up to 992 cards per shift/29 seconds per card (YMCK with transfer)
  • Up to 720 cards per shift/40 seconds per card (YMCKK with transfer)

Simultaneous Printing/Encoding


User Interface

Touch-Screen Display

Accepted Standard Card Sizes

CR-80 (3.370 L x 2.125 W/85.6 mm L x 54 mm W)

Accepted Card Thickness

.030 (30 mil) to .050 (50 mil)/.762 mm to 1.27 mm

Dual Input Card Cartridges/Capacity

(2 hoppers) 200-card hoppers; Total capacity 400 cards (.030/.762 mm)

Output Hopper Card Capacity

(1 hopper) 200-card hopper (.030/.762 mm)

Software Drivers

  • Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista (32 & 64 bit)/7 (32 & 64 bit)
  • Mac OS X v10.4/v10.5
  • Linux

Print Area

Over-the-edge on CR-80 cards


  • Printer—Three years
  • Printhead—Lifetime; unlimited pass


  • Card lamination module—dual-sided (simultaneous)
  • Secure Proprietary Consumables System
  • Magnetic stripe encoding
  • Custom Secure Holographic HDP Film and Overlaminate
  • Smart card encoding (contact/contactless)
  • Andon Production Status Light
  • iCLASS Programming Platform Kit
  • ISO Card Flattener
  • Printer cleaning kit
  • Laser Engraving (Q3, 2012)