Prima 4 Retransfer Printer

Prima 4 Retransfer Printer

Prima 4 Retransfer Printer-1

The Prima 4 retransfer printer is capable of high quality printing and personalization of highly secure ID cards, thanks in part to its reverse-transfer printing process. This highly configurable also capable of being outfitted with an inline laminator option. The laminator can laminate one or both sides, offering enhanced durability and the option for additional security features.


  • Reverse-transfer printing technology

  • High quality, highly secure printing of IDs

  • Optional inline laminator can laminate on both sides

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.

Print government driver licences

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.

Print smart cards and Payment cards

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.

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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.

*Available in the EU, North America, Australia and other selected territories. Elsewhere 2 years limited depot warranty.





Product code

Print technology

300dpi retransfer (600dpi option on request)


Feed system

Hopper fed


Card capacity

100 card input hopper, 100 card output hopper


Single-sided printing

Prima 401

Double-sided printing

Prima 402


Electronic lock for hopper and door, security ribbon erase


Encoding options



Magnetic stripe

ISO 7811 – tracks 1, 2 and 3


Smart card

Contact chip, MIFARE®, DESFire® and iClass®. Other encoders available, see encoder compatibility matrix


Connectivity and drivers



Operating 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





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 security


Product code

UV printing

YMCK-UV 750 images (full colour and UV panel)

Prima 434

Print speed




Over 100 cards per hour


Accepted cards



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 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 specifications



Printer 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 upgrades


Product code

In-line laminator

Single-sided or double-sided lamination

Prima 451 / Prima 452

Bend remedy for Prima 4 Duo only

Fitted as standard in Prima 4 Uno

Prima 424

Printer variants


Product code

Prima 4 Uno

Single-sided retransfer printer

Prima 401

Prima 4 Duo

Double-sided retransfer printer

Prima 402



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