I purchased this printer as a replacement for Magicard Pronto which we have been using for many years. This printer is so much better! To be fair I have only been using it for 2 days but we plugged it in and it worked immediately. With the old printer I had to manually feed each card - this has a holder/dispenser and it feeds automatically - a very nice feature. I have not used the CardStudio software yet but I think it will be useful. The camera that is included in the bundle is also an improvement on my old one. If you are looking to spend under $1000, this is a great deal and I highly recommend it.