The 5 Best Automatic Time Clocks
An automatic employee timeclock enables you to track employee arrival and departure behavior for compensation and general management purposes.
Punch clocks will print the date and time on a time sheet, with manual adjustment of the month.
While a digital time clock like the Icon enable multiple punch options that include badge, biometric (fingerprint), web and pin- it can even take photos of employees of the biometric option fails for some reason.
Biometric identification eliminates the problem of 'buddy-punching', when an employee's friends will punch in for them.
Another handy feature is that the employee information captured by this icon and biometric time clock can be exported to the range of different software including QuickBooks Pro, SurePayRoll, Paychex Flex Payroll, and a variety of other compensation and accounting softwares.
Our Top Pick: The TotalPass Biometric Time Clock
Granted, support is expensive for this particular time clock ($199-$299/year as of this writing) after the first 30 days.
And there are some setup challenges, but it's great for a small business of under 500 employees, functioning as a standalone system or part of an interconnected network that can be managed over LAN, VPN, WAN or the Internet.
The heavy-duty, punch time clocks obviously lack the sophisticated features of a digital and biometric time clock, but they are rugged, simpler to set up and manage, and are often more appropriate for factory environments.
Let's take a look at the best-selling automatic timeclocks and see how they compare.
Comparing The Options
|Automatic Time Clock||Our Rating||Price|
|The Lathem Automatic Time Clock||4.1||$$|
|The Allied Time Automatic Time Clock||4.7||$|
|The Icon Time System's TotalPass Biometric Time Clock||4.6||$$$|
|The uPunch Time Clock||3.8||$|
|The Acroprint Heavy Duty Automatic Time Clock||4.4||$$|