Evolis Zenius - Single-sided card printing in high-quality singly or in small runs

The compact and agile card printer

  • Printing: Single-sided
  • Encoding: Magnetic stripes, Smart contact, Smart contactless
  • Card lifespan: 1-3 years
  • Number of cards per year: Between 500 and 2,500
  • Card security level: High

User-friendly, compact and cost-effective solution

The Zenius printer is designed for single-sided printing and encoding of any type of plastic cards.

Zenius generates color or monochrome cards, individually or in small runs, with top quality results.

Zenius is ideal for instant issuance of single sided cards:

  • Employee badges
  • Access control badges
  • Membership cards
  • Loyalty cards / gift cards
  • Transit passes


As part of our eco-design system aimed at reducing the environmental footprint of our products, Evolis:

  • uses recycled materials in the manufacture of our printers and consumables whenever possible,
  • designs compact and lightweight printers to reduce CO2 emissions from transportation and packaging,
  • reduces the power consumption of its printers (ErP Directive 2009) through a very economical hibernation mode.

Compact, easy to use and professional

Professional printing

Zenius printers produce professional results thanks to the 300 dpi resolution and edge to edge printing. Your logos, photos, barcodes and text are rendered perfectly on your cards, conveying a positive image of your organization.

Space saving

Zenius packs all its advanced features into a very small footprint. Hardly larger than a standard sheet of paper, Zenius is also very quiet - 46 decibels in operation - and fits perfectly into any environment, be it the office or a customer service counter. 

Ease of use

Zenius was designed to be intuitive and easy to use.

  • You insert your cards individually or use the automatic feeder, and the final product is delivered on the front of the printer.
  • With the Evolis Premium Suite® software you can receive notifications and easily control the printer from your computer.
  • Evolis High Trust® ribbons are easy to install and automatically recognized by the printer.

On demand printing

Zenius was developed specifi cally for printing cards individually or in small runs. You can print as needed, when needed, in quantities that are right for you. Zenius can print a color card in 30 seconds and up to 150 color cards per hour, so you and your customers don’t have to wait.

A long term vision


Zenius is incredibly flexible. Suitable for multiple applications, the «Expert» version of the printer features combinable encoding functions: magnetic encoding, contact and contactless chips. It takes just a few minutes to install these modules!

Lasting investment

Zenius printers undergo quality and compliance testing to guarantee their robustness and performance, so you can be sure that your investment will last. What’s more, Evolis offers an extended warranty option for extra peace of mind.


General features
  • Single-sided printing module
  • Edge-to-edge printing
  • Color dye sublimation, monochrome thermal transfer
  • 300 dpi print head (11.8 dots/mm)
  • 16MB memory (RAM)
Printing performances
  • Color (YMCKO): 120 - 150 cards/hour1
  • Monochrome: 400 - 500 cards/hour

Optional features

  • Colors available: fire red & grey brown
  • Expert version: Ethernet TCP-IP, encoding modules as options
Additional encoding modules
  • Available modules:
    • Magnetic stripe encoder ISO 7811 HiCo/LoCo, JIS2
    • Smart contact station ISO 7816-2
    • Contact smart card encoder - PS/SC, EMV 2000-1
    • Contactless smart card encoder - ISO 14443A, B, ISO15693, Mifare, DesFire, HID iCLASS
    • Other specific encoders upon request
  • Internal USB or IP ports
  • Options can be combined
  • Factory-installed or installed on-site
  • USB (1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 3.0)
  • Ethernet TCP-IP 10BaseT, 100BaseT (Traffic Led) on the Expert version


  • Support for Kensington® security lock
  • Data encryption for magnetic encoding
  • Printer LEDs
  • Graphical notifications from the printer2: cleaning alerts, empty/low level ribbon alert, etc.
Card management and specifications
  • Choice of automated or manual feeding
  • Feeder capacity: 50 cards (0.76 mm - 30 mil)
  • Output hopper capacity: 20 cards (0.76 mm - 30 mil)
  • Card thickness: 0.25 to 0.76 mm (10 to 30 mil), gauge adjustment
  • Card types:
    • PVC cards
    • Composite PVC cards
    • PET cards
    • ABS cards1
    • Special varnished cards1
  • Card format: ISO CR80 - ISO 7810 (53.98 mm x 85.60 mm)
Evolis High Trust® ribbons

To maximize the quality and durability of printed cards, the lifespan of the print head and the overall printer reliability, use Evolis High Trust® ribbons.

  • Automatic identification and setting
  • Delivered in a drop-in cassette for easy handling
  • Ribbon saver for monochrome printing
Ribbon capacities
YMCKO 200 prints / roll
½ YMCKO 400 prints / roll
KO 600 prints / roll
Black monochrome ribbon 2000 prints / roll
Other monochrome ribbons 1000 prints / roll
Hologram varnish 400 prints / roll
  • Delivered with Evolis Premium Suite® for Windows®: 
    • Printer driver
    • Evolis Print Center for printer administration and settings
    • Evolis Printer Manager for graphical notification3
    • 24/7 online support
    • Compatible with Windows®: XP SP3 32/64, Vista 32/64, W7 32/64, W8 32/64
  • Delivered with cardPresso XXS Lite for designing and editing
    • Internal database up to 50 records
    • Signature acquisition (compatible with Evolis Sig100 and
      Sig200 signature pads)
    • Operating systems:
      - Windows®: XP SP3 32/64, Vista 32/64, W7 32/64,
      W8 32/64
      - Mac OS X (Intel® processor)
      Delivered with a driver for Mac OS X
  • Delivered with a driver for Mac OS X (from 10.5 onwards)
  • Linux OS upon request
Eco-friendly design, certifications and statement of compliance
  • Standby, sleep modes & reduced energy consumption
  • ErP 2009/125/CE
  • RoHS
  • Power supply: 100-240 Volts AC, 50-60 Hz, 1.8 A
  • Printer : 24 Volts DC, 3 A
Operating environment
  • Min/max operating temperature: 15° / 30° C (59° / 86° F)
  • Humidity: 20% to 65% non-condensing
  • Min/max storage temperature: -5° / +70° C (23° / 158° F)
  • Storage humidity: 20% to 70% non-condensing
  • Operating ventilation: open air
Sound (evaluated according to the ISO 7779 standard)

Sound pressure in assistant position LpAm (color mode YMCKO):

  • When operating: 46dB (A)
  • In sleep mode: background noise level

Packaging content

  • Printer
  • CD-ROM with printer drivers, user manuals
  • Cleaning kit
  • USB cable
  • Power supply and cord
Size and weight
  • Size (H x W x D): 195 x 205 x 315 mm (7.68’’ x 8.07’’ x 12.4’’)
  • Weight: 3.3kg (7.3lbs)
  • 2-year warranty (printer and printhead)4
  • Warranty extension available as an option

1 Under specific conditions / 2 Depends on the Windows® version  / 3 Requires the .net 4.0 client profile version / 4 Warranty subject to observance of specific conditions and use of Evolis High Trust® ribbons.


Card printers

Product Code
Product Description
ZN1U0000RS Fire Red Zenius Classic
Classic printer without option, USB
ZN1U0000TS Grey Brown Zenius Classic
Classic printer without option, USB
ZN1H0000RS Fire Red Zenius Expert
Expert printer without option, USB & Ethernet
ZN1H0000TS Grey Brown Zenius Expert
Expert printer without option, USB & Ethernet
ZN1HB000RS Fire Red Zenius Expert Mag ISO
Printer with Mag ISO Dual HiCo/LoCo 3-track magnetic stripe encoder, USB & Ethernet
ZN1H0T00RS Fire Red Zenius Expert Smart
Printer with GEMPC USB-TR Smart Card Encoder, USB & Ethernet
ZN1H00CWRS Fire Red Zenius Expert Contactless
Printer Contactless with SpringCard Crazy Writer encoding module, USB & Ethernet
ZN1H0ELYRS Fire Red Zenius Expert Smart & Contactless
Printer with Evolis SCM Dual Smart Card and Contactless Encoder, USB & Ethernet
ZN1H0VVCRS Fire Red Zenius Expert Smart & Contactless
Printer with HID veriCLASS Dual Smart Card and Contactless Encoder, USB & Ethernet
ZN1H0CCMRS Fire Red Zenius Expert Smart & Contactless
Printer with Omnikey 5121 Cardman Smart Card and Contactless Encoder, USB & Ethernet

Options for Zenius Expert only

Product Code
S10107 Smart Contact station (DB9) kit*
Incl. Smart Contact Station, daughter board and DB9 cable
S10108 Magnetic ISO encoding kit
Incl. Mag ISO Dual HiCo/LoCo 3-track magnetic stripe encoder, flywheel
S10109 GEMPC USB-TR encoding kit*
Incl. Gemalto GEMPC USB-TR encoder, smart contact station, daughter board and cables
S10111 SpringCard Crazy Writer encoding kit*
Incl. SpringCard Crazy Writer encoder, antenna bracket, daughter board and cable
S10110 Evolis-SCM Dual encoding kit*
Incl. Evolis-SCM Dual encoder, smart contact station, antenna bracket, daughter board and cables
S10137 HID veriCLASS Dual encoding kit*
Incl. HID veriCLASS Dual encoder, smart contact station, antenna bracket, daughter board and cables
S10112 Encoder's mounting plate kit
Incl. Encoder's mounting plate and screws and rivets

* For these encoding options, it is necessary to order the encoder's mounting plate kit to finalize the installation of the options, only one plate per printer.




Windows 8 | 7 | Vista (32 et 64 bit) and Windows XP SP3
 Zenius - Primacy & Elypso Driver (v. - released on August 19, 2014) (40 Mb)
Important: To use this version of driver, a firmware upgrade of your printer(s) is required.
  Drivers version history (Zenius Primacy Elypso)

Mac Drivers
  Mac OS 10.6 - 10.9 driver (Universal - Released on March 13, 2014)

Linux drivers
  evolisprinter- - 64bits - Release on January 2013
  evolisprinter- - 32bits - Release on January 2013

  Zenius - Primacy & Elypso Firmware - v. 1413 (released on April 4, 2014)
  Download Firmware version history


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