Zebra ZXP 9

Photo-like Image Quality at Lightning-Fast Speed

Pairing outstanding print quality with fast print speeds and extending Zebra’s line of card printers. The ZXP Series 9™ is a retransfer card printer specifically engineered for high-security applications. With industry-leading throughput enabling you to print more cards faster and with outstanding quality. Take control with the printer’s user-selectable print quality mode, allowing you to optimize for print speed or sharpen print quality. And, the dual-sided, simultaneous retransfer process provides best-in-class printing, encoding and laminating throughput.



Dye diffusion retransfer, Full color or monochrome retransfer printing


Single- or Dual-Sided




180 cph (1-sided)
190 cph (2-sided)

Capacity (Hoppers)


150 cards (30 mil)


100 cards (30 mil)


15 cards (30 mil)



ISO 7810 format, Type ID-1, CR-80


30 mil


PVC and composite, ABS cards, PET, PET-G, and Teslin® composite



334 x 476 x 519mm (with hoppers)


12,5kg (printer only)


USB, Ethernet, WiFi


Quality, Dependability, Flexibility and Speed

Government, Education, Retail and Hospitality industries have an ever-increasing focus on security, a need for flexibility and a continual demand for efficiency.

Outstanding Print Quality + Fast Print Speeds

Produce durable, long-lasting, tamper-resistant cards with the sharpest photo-like image quality that boasts rich, consistent colors and strikingly sharp resolution. Industry-leading throughput allows you to print more cards faster—even with dual-sided lamination and encoding.

Valuable Cost Savings + Reduced Waste

Ensure security and reduce the likelihood of forgeries with best-inclass retransfer and laminate technology — including holographic images. Experience extremely low cost-per-card operation with Zebra’s patented waste-free laminate technology featuring linerless media with a single core and no carrier. Reduce waste by 50% and save up to 40% in costs compared to the competition.

Smart Design + Flexible, Hassle-free Operation

Zebra’s patented dual-sided, simultaneous retransfer printing design eliminates the need for the printer to mechanically flip cards during production. This engineering makes throughput even faster, and it reduces the risk of costly mechanical errors and card jams.

Featuring multiple connectivity options including standard USB and Ethernet, along with optional Wi-Fi®(US and EU only), the ZXP Series 9 gives you the added flexibility you need to relocate your printer anywhere within your network. And, the printer’s new userselectable print quality mode gives you more options and control.

Exclusive Color Predictive Technology

Zebra’s exclusive Color Predictive Technology (CPT) delivers superior, photo-like image quality. Based on patented imageprocessing algorithms, Zebra’s CPT constantly monitors printing and instantaneously adapts printer settings to automatically produce the highest print quality—time after time, card after card.

The Features You Need In Your Card Printer

Time is precious and budgets are carefully managed to avoid waste. Spending resources on additional printers, operator time and supplies is costly. Zebra engineered the ZXP Series 9 with you in mind—creating new ways to save you time and money.

Keep Your Printers Up and Running

Reduce printer downtime with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and QR Codes that give you instant access to printer information and support. Obtain on-the-spot guidance and troubleshooting tips through the dedicated web support page and webpage launching features — including online help, how-to videos and printer information resources.

Benefit From Added Security Features

Reduce the likelihood of counterfeit cards and unauthorized printer use with printer-enabled security features. Add even more security and counterfeit prevention/tampering with custom Zebra supplies such as specialty holographic laminates.

Get The Support You Need

With Zebra’s free card testing service you get complimentary cardtesting support and guidance from skilled Zebra professionals.

Ensure The Highest Quality Right From the Start

“First card out” card quality improvements give you consistent, quality cards and reduce waste.

Setup and Configure With Ease

Along with user interface improvements, you’ll also enjoy added features and benefits including a certified Windows® driver and an enhanced toolbox for a consolidated view of all aspects of the ZXP Series 9 printer—which together make it easier to set up and configure.

Help Your Printers Do Even More

Add optional features like magnetic stripe and smart card encoding, along with Zebra’s suite of software and SDK options for the best and easiest application integration options.

Zebra’s Patented Waste-Free Stock and Custom Laminates Deliver Durability and Security

Benefits of Laminates

All printed plastic cards containing personal information, which is especially important in Government and Higher Education markets, are subject to counterfeiting, alteration, duplication and tampering. A protective film—commonly referred to as a laminate—can be applied to cards during the printing process, adding an extra layer of security and extending card life up to 5-10 years.

Stock Laminates

Zebra’s stock laminates give your printed cards security, protection and extended card life for a range of card applications in various industries—including Higher Education, Government, Hospitality, Retail, Manufacturing, Transportation and Logistics, Healthcare and Service Bureaus.

Stock laminates give you:

  • Tamper-resistant and anti-counterfeiting holographic features to protect against alteration and duplication.
  • Protection of card images, colors and printed data against fading due to UV rays and from scratching due to daily wear and tear.

Custom Laminates

For added security, Zebra laminates can also be embedded with a broad range of customizable security elements including visual holograms, micro-text, UV fluorescent images, guilloche patterns and metallic inks. Customize your laminate order to include your company logo and name or other unique images or text to further prevent tampering or counterfeiting. Partner with Zebra to create art for your design.

Retransfer Printing Technology Highlights

Traditional direct-to-card printers use a printhead that prints through a ribbon directly onto the card. Retransfer printers print onto a flexible, transparent film that is then thermally bonded to the card creating a more durable, scratch-resistant product. This retransfer technology produces images with optimal quality that are more vibrant and saturated, even on uneven card surfaces such as key tag or smart cards.

Benefits of Zebra’s Innovative Retransfer Card Printer

  • Higher image quality with vibrant, rich colors.
  • The ability to print on uneven card surfaces such as smart cards.
  • True edge-to-edge printing (via over-the-edge printing) with the ZXP 9. Traditional card printers leave a white border at the edges of the card.
  • The ability to print on non-PVC cards. Direct- to-card printers require a dye-receiving surface, which is not available on all non-PVC cards.
  • More durable and abrasion-resistant cards that don’t require an additional overlay or varnish. Built-in fraud protection with inherently tamper-evident film.

Advantages of Zebra’s Innovative Retransfer Card Printer

Outstanding Print Quality: Zebra’s exclusive Color Predictive Technology based on patented imageprocessing algorithms compensates for image errors normally caused by high printing speeds— enabling photo-quality images and print resolution even at increased print speeds.

Industry-leading Print Speeds: Zebra achieves print Speeds that exceed any other retransfer printer, and that are comparable to many of the fastest direct-to-card printers on the market today. Zebra’s patented image transfer process applies film to both sides of the card in a single pass, drastically reducing the print time.

Exceptional Cost Savings: The ZXP Series 9 featuring Zebra’s wastefree laminate technology gives you an extremely low cost-per-card operation. Eliminate up to half the typical waste with our linerless media with a single core and no carrier.

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