Smart 51s ID Card Printer

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The perfect solution for printing
quality ID cards in moments

The ultimate upgrade from its predecessor, the Smart 51s Captures detailed edge to edge high quality images. The dual-sided ID card printer inherits everything you loved about the Smart 50 and adds more functionality and security features making it an affordable and easy to use printer.


Print full colour
identification cards

In just 17 seconds print a full colour ID card, go a step further and print address and verification information to the reverse. The Smart 51s utilises the latest in technology to produce over 1 million colours when printing a full colour ID card.


Cutting edge
smartmark security

The Smart 51s now comes with an advanced security watermark feature that is applied to the overplay panel. The smartmark is fully customizable, allowing you to include text, images, or logos of your choice to your card.


High capacity input
for quick card printing

Sit back and let the printer do the work for you with more batch printing functionality, designed to hold up to 200 cards (with the cover open) at a time with up to 40 card output capacity, saving you time and labor from restocking your hopper.


Get the most out
of your card printer

The IDP Smart 51 printer does more than print ID cards. Maximise the full potential of your card printer and issue all kinds of ID cards with superior printing quality. From membership and loyalty cards to university and student passes, and much more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does the printer include any cards or ribbons to get started?

A: No. Any accessories such as printer ribbons or blank plastic cards are not included and will have to be bought separately from our website.

Q: Are there any printer training videos available?

A: Please check our "How to videos" for more information.

Q: The ribbon snapped, can I still use it?

A: You can connect snapped ribbons together using sticky tape and use the connected ribbon again. Refer to the SMART printer user manual for more information.

Q: Cannot turn on the smart printer using the LED Button?

A: Check the main power switch on the backside of the SMART printer (Press the switch "|").

More Information

The Smart 51 P-IA-651302 is one of the latest releases in the IDP range of ID Card Printers and it replaces one of the best selling printers in the UK, the Smart 50. If you are looking for an easy to use plastic card printer then the Smart 51 is the choice for you. Simply plug in the USB, power and install the printer drivers with the step by step software and your setup. Once set up, add your blank plastic cards into the 100/200 card input hopper and you are ready to start printing.

Print Quality

With the capability of printing up to 212 full colour cards per hour and a range of print quality including 300dpi (colour and monochrome), 600dpi (monochrome only) and 1200 dpi (monochrome only) edge to edge printing, the Smart 51 is a perfect choice for printing all kinds of plastic card designs such as staff id cards, gift cards, loyalty cards and membership cards.


Worried about your cards getting duplicated? IDP has added two new security features to the Smart 51, that makes this difficult at no extra cost with SmartMark. SmartMark allows you to print a visible but transparent overlay panel over the top of your cards. It's highly customisable with the option to include text, pictures and brand logos. The Smart 51 is also capable of UV printing allowing you to print an image on your cards in a UV ink which is only visible under a UV light.

The combination of both SmartMark and UV printing reduces the chances of your cards being easily duplicated.


IDP Smart has a reputation for producing reliable high-quality printers and offers a 5-year industry leading manufacturer warranty on the Smart 51. This printer is compatible with Mircosoft Windows 7 / 8 and 10 along with, Mac OS and Linux. Why not also take a look at...


Printing Single Sided
Print Type Direct Dye-Sublimation
Print Area Edge-to-Edge
Resolution 300dpi (Colour & Mono), 600 & 1200DPI (Mono Only)


Card Feeding Automatic
Card Size ISO CR80 
Card Thickness 0.38 – 1 mm (15 to 40 mil)
Card Type PVC, PET, Composite PVC


Input Hopper 100 Cards/200 Cards with cover opens
Output Hopper Front: 40 Cards

Print Speed

Monochrome 5 sec./card (720 cards/hour)
YMCKO 17 sec./card (212 cards/hour)


Supported Platforms Microsoft Windows 7/8/10, Mac OS, Linux
Memory 64MB RAM
Control Panel 1 LED Button
Communications USB, Ethernet (Option)
Power Supply AC 100/ 220V, 50~60Hz
Temperature 15~35 C
Humidity 35~70%


Milimeter (W × L × H) 165(W) x 390(L) x 210(H) mm 


Kg/Lbs Approx 4.5kg/10 lbs


What’s in the box

  • IDP Smart 51s ID Card Printer
  • USB Cable
  • Ribbon Cartridge
  • Power Supply
  • Installation Disk & Setup Guide

Getting started
with the Smart 51

Get setup quickly with the Smart 51 card printer setup guide. Follow the steps and begin printing!

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