Posts Tagged ‘Time Clock Reviews’

Overview of the David-Link W-988P Biometric / Proximity Time Clock

Monday, February 6th, 2012

David-Link W-988P Biometric / Proximity Time ClockMulti-function time clocks provide a versatile and effective way to keep track of employee time. These types of time clocks allow employers to determine the method they like most for employees to log in and out. These time clocks are typically digital and employee keypad, biometric and proximity time clock interfaces. One such time clock is the David-Link W-988P.

David-Link is a leading manufacturer of digital time clocks. Their lineup includes biometric and proximity time clocks as well as traditional punch style time clocks and watchman clocks. These time clocks are best known for their incredibly low retail price and rich list of features. You can find our entire selection of David-Link time clocks here.

The David-Link W-988P is a multi-function time clock. It has a digital keypad on the front of the clock, a biometric finger scanner and includes a proximity card sensor. These three methods of recording employee time are very popular and have surpassed the popularity of traditional punch style time clocks.

Here are a few details on each of the three time clock recording methods:

  • Keypad – An employee can enter a pin number at the clock. When this number is entered, the time clock records that employee as being logged in and the clock begins to record time worked. The same number is used to log the employee out of the system.
  • Biometric Finger Scanner – An employee is entered into the system by means of their finger. Their finger can then be used to punch in and out of work. Biometric time clocks are especially popular right now because they eliminate a lot of fraud, such as buddy punching, and there is no need to worry about lost badges or forgotten pin codes.
  • Proximity Card - Proximity cards, often incorporated into ID badges, log the employee in and out of work when they are held up to the time clock. The time clock will acknowledge an employee is logged in by means of visual or audible (often both) verification.

The David-Link W-988P allows the employer to set up the time clock to use any one of these login methods or a combination of all three. Setting up the time clock is seamless. The LCD display makes navigation easy and data is clearly displayed during the login and logout process.

Logged data can be accessed several different ways:

  • An administrator can access data directly from the W-988P terminal.
  • Data can be exported to a USB drive for transfer to a computer.
  • Data can be accessed via a USB cable.
  • Data can be accessed via an Ethernet network over an LAN / WAN.

Here is a connection diagram from the W-988P:

David-Link W-988P Connection Diagram

The W-988P includes time management software that makes it easy to run reports and view data. This data can then be exported into an Excel format for use with other payroll programs. Many people ask if this time clock is compatible with Quickbooks and other payroll software. In an effort to save money on licensing costs, the W-988P software does not export data in a Quickbooks format. It does, however, export data in an Excel format that can be imported by Quickbooks. You could say that it is indirectly compatible with Quickbooks.

What does the W-988P include? It includes:

  • The W-988P time clock
  • Time management software
  • USB flash drive
  • Proximity cards
  • USB cable
  • A power adapter

It also features a one-year warranty and lifetime technical support. At $295, this is probably one of the best deals available right now for a time clock that has keypad, proximity and biometric time logging capabilities. We have been selling David-Link time clocks, including the W-988P, and have had great luck with them. Our customers love them and we consider them to be reliable devices.

The W-988P can be used on a desk or table, but is probably best mounted on a wall for easy access. The W-988P itself can store up to 3,000 different fingerprints, can be used with up to 3,000 employees and can hold up to 60,000 logs. It is a very versatile time clock and can easily be used by small or larger businesses.

You can fined the David-Link W-988P on our site here and our entire selection of David-Link time clocks here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any technical questions, for a quote or to place an order.

David-Link W-988 Biometric Time & Attendance System Review

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

David-Link W-988 Biometric Time ClockDo you need a reliable time clock for your office, school or organization? One style of time clock you may want to consider using is a model that utilizes biometric technology. Biometric time clocks are accurate, easy to use and cut down on a lot of fraud. One great model I recommend you look at is the David-Link W-988 biometric time clock (found here). This is my review!

David-Link is relatively new to the time clock industry. I personally have a lot of experience with Acroprint, Pyramid Technologies (PTI) and others. Having used David-Link time clocks myself, I have to say that they are up to par with the more “experienced” time clock manufacturers.

The W-988 time clock, from David-Link, is available in three different versions. The first version, which I am reviewing, handles biometric time attendance only. The next step up is the W-988P, which handles biometric time attendance along with a proximity card option. The next model up, the W-988PB, can hand biometric and proximity attendance, which also includes a battery backup. All three models are identical in design and quality.

Many time clock systems are designed for an entry-level amount of employees (often 50-100), requiring that you upgrade the system to add more employees. This is not the case with the David-Link W-988. This biometric time clock can store up to 300 employees, making it ideal for use with small and larger businesses alike.

Many customers ask me if this time clock has to be used with a computer. The answer to that is no. It can be used while connected to a computer via an Ethernet network connection (TCP/IP) or it can be used completely independent. It can also be connected directly to a computer via a USB cable.

If you are using the W-988 independent of a computer system, you can use the included USB storage drive to export the data from the time clock and import it to a computer. The built-in storage on the W-988 can hold up to 60,000 Logs and up to 3,000 fingerprints.

The W-988 includes the David-Link Time Management Software (DLTMS). This software makes it easy to view a variety of different reports and can be used for HR or payroll purposes. This software is very sophisticated and perfect for most business time clock purposes. The DLTMS software can export data in Excel and Text (txt.) formats.

The digital display screen is monochrome, yet very easy to see. It displays the time, date and other important information. The menu system on the W-988 is extremely easy to navigate.

My personal favorite feature on the W-988 is the biometric reader itself. I have used many biometric time clocks, many of which require that you slide your finger. The “finger slide” biometric readers can be very frustrating as they often require multiple attempts to be read correctly.

The W-988 has a finger scanner that only requires you to touch the surface. I have yet to experience a misread with a David-Link biometric scanner. It is very easy to use and the green glow gives it a very modern look, almost like something from a sci-fi movie.

Overall, especially considering the affordable price, I consider the David-Link W-988 to be a great little system. It is easy to use, feature rich and accurate. I really like that it can be used by both small and large businesses alike.

You can find the David-Link W-988 biometric time clock here and our entire selection of time attendance products here.

Acroprint ES700 Atomic Time Recorder & Stamp Review

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Acroprint ES700 Atomic Employee Time Clock & RecorderIf you’re running a business, you probably have employees. As is the case with any business, employees need to be paid, which requires the use of a time clock. If you are in the market for an employee time clock, consider using the Acroprint ES700 atomic time recorder (found here). This is my review.

Acroprint is currently one of the largest manufacturers of employee time clocks, recorders and stamps. This includes digital, card punch and biometric time clocks. Acroprint has developed a great reputation over the past decade for producing high quality products.

The ES700 has always been a customer favorite and it has recently undergone some minor changes. The older cream color has been replaced by a more modern gray and black design. Another change is that the Acroprint ES700 is now atomic. This means that the time now synchs automatically (with the National Institute of Standards and Technology), ensuring extremely precise and accurate time. It can also easily handle transitions of daylight savings.

The Acroprint ES700 is what we call a punch-style time clock. This is because it uses punch cards. While this time clock is manually operated, it does implement many modern-day digital features.

Punch cards are easy to read, easy for assimilating data and don’t require any special training to use. The LCD screen is large, clear and easy to read. The power requirements on the ES700 are 120V or 240V and can be adjusted by toggling a switch on the power supply. Overall, the design is very business friendly.

Not only can the ES700 be used for time & attendance tracking, but it can also be used as a text and time stamp. It is very easy to feed documents, forms and other material into this time recorder. It can be used to stamp 13 different preset messages such as RCVD, SENT, IN, OUT, CFMD, FILED, PAID, USED, FAXED, VOID, ORIGIN, APR’D and CMPL’D.

Depending on the time cards you are using, the ES700 can do left or right side printing. The margin is also adjustable for easy positioning of text and numbers. The print font size can also be adjusted.

Security is a pretty big deal with time clocks. Nobody wants the time clock to be tampered with. For this reason, a 4-digit password is required to access the time clock’s settings and adjustments.

The ES700 is definitely an affordable option for most businesses and can be used for small to medium-volume jobs. The build quality on this time recorder is exceptional and far surpasses the typical punch time clock. This is a great option for most small to medium-size businesses.

You can find the Acroprint ES700 atomic time recorder here and our entire selection of time clocks & recorders here.

uAttend CB 1000 Internet / Web Time Clock Review

Monday, January 31st, 2011

uAttend CB 1000 Internet / Web-Based Employee Time ClockAre you in the process of shopping around for an employee time clock and need a little advice on a system? While it may not be for everyone, the uAttend CB 1000 Internet time clock (found here) is a feature-rich machine that you may want to consider. I have personally used this time clock and this is my review.

If first impressions mean anything to you, you will probably immediately fall in love with the CB 1000. It comes well packaged in a full-color box with English printed on the outside that actually makes sense.

When you open the box, you will find the CB 1000 time clock, wall-mounting hardware, 10 proximity cards, a power adapter and an Ethernet cable. It comes with pretty much everything you need to get started. At the time of writing this article, you get all this for just $99. To date, I’m not aware of another sub $100 time clock that even comes close to this.

The CB 1000 is what’s known as a Web-based time clock. This is because it doesn’t connect directly to a computer, but rather to uAttend’s secure online servers. Once plugged in to an Internet-capable network, the CB 1000 is extremely easy to set up.

The CB 1000 is an attractive time clock. It features plug-n-play setup that literally takes just a few minutes to set up. The quality on this time clock is exceptional.

uAttend CB 1000 Employee Time Clock Subscription ServiceOne thing you will want to be aware of, prior to making a purchase, is that the uAttend CB 1000 is a subscription based time clock. What this means is that in order to use this clock, you will need to pay for the monthly uAttend employee management system subscription service. This subscription, however, is extremely affordable. You can see the price breakdown to the right.

Considering the cost of this high-quality time clock, and the service you receive, it is still a better deal (for years to come) than buying many of the more expensive stand-alone system. uAttend offers a lifetime warranty on the clock and free customer support. They even offer free live chat help when you’re logged into your account.

Employees can punch in and out of work by using a proximity card (10 included), by using the keypad (PIN number) or through a Web browser (if so desired). Viewing employees that are logged in and out is easy for any supervisor or authorized person. Simply log into your uAttend account. Settings, features and reports are very detailed.

Do you have a front entrance, a rear entrance or an off-site work area? You can use multiple CB 1000 units together. The CB1000 can also be upgraded to support an unlimited amount of employees.

Be aware that the CB 1000 requires access to an Ethernet connection. If you don’t have one available, you may want to consider using the wireless CB 2000 time clock.

One thing I really like about the CB 1000 is its ability to export reports and data for use with payroll software and programs. By default it can export reports in Excel .csv and ProcessingPoint file formats. For $5 a month, it can also export data for use with QuickBooks, PayChex, SurePayroll, Payroll 1 and Millenium. The people at uAttend will even create custom exporting for your unique payroll software.

Overall I consider the CB 1000 to be a great deal and extremely convenient. Having dealt with the people at uAttend myself, I can tell you that they are extremely easy to work with.

You can find the uAttend CB 1000 Internet time clock here and our entire selection of employee time clocks here. Do you have a question about this time clock? Call one of our time clock specialists at 1-800-658-8788. Have a great day!

uAttend CB 2000 Wireless (WiFi) Time Clock Review

Friday, January 28th, 2011

uAttend CB 2000 Wireless WiFi Employee Time ClockAre you in need of an efficient, affordable and hassle-free time clock that is easy to set up? Many time management systems require being interfaced to a computer or being networked via an Ethernet cable. This sometimes isn’t a possibility. One time clock you may want to consider is the wireless WiFi enabled uAttend CB 2000 employee time clock (found here). This is my review.

One of the biggest complaints I get from people searching for time clocks is that they don’t have the ability to attach it to a computer easily. This is where the CB 2000 finds its mark. The CB 2000 doesn’t need to be attached to a computer, yet data can still be accessed from just about any computer. This is because the uAttend CB 2000 is a Web-based time clock.

The CB 2000 is completely wireless. If features a plug & play WiFi connection that can integrate with most wireless routers. This means if your office has wireless functionality, you can set up and use the CB 2000 terminal just about anywhere.

Employee time is stored via the Internet on uAttend’s secure servers. This makes the data easy to access from any authorized user via a computer’s Web browser.

There are three ways an employee can punch into work using the CB 2000. One way is by using the proximity card sensor. The CB 2000 comes with 10 cards, but more may be purchased. The second way is via the CB 2000’s keypad. The third way, if so desired, is via a Web browser.

The uAttend CB 2000 takes just minutes to set up. Adding and removing employees is extremely simple. The full-color screen makes data easy to read and even allows you to add a company logo. You can even link multiple CB 2000 systems if you need easy access around a larger building.

uAttend CB 2000 Wireless Time Clock Subscription Price BreakdownThe CB 2000 by itself is extremely inexpensive. Owners of the CB 200 need to be enrolled in the uAttend employee management system subscription service. The monthly subscription rate is based on how many employees will be using the clock. You can see the rate breakdown on the right.

One of my favorite features is the CB 2000’s ability to export data for use with Payroll software. By default, reports can be exported in ProcessingPoint or Excel .csv formats. Other formats (such as QuickBooks, PayChex, SurePayroll, Payroll 1, and Millenium) are available, but cost $5 a month to use.

While the monthly subscription fee may be a concern for some people, it should be noted that there is no contractual obligation, and because the CB 2000 itself is so inexpensive, the subscription fee is extremely reasonable.

The features the CB 2000 comes with are amazing. The clock has a lifetime warranty and service from uAttend is free. They even offer a live chat when you are logged in to help answer any questions you may have.

Overall I consider the uAttend CB 2000 to be a great wireless time management system. I think their subscription-based model is very reasonable and works well with many businesses.

You can find the CB 2000 (WiFi / Wireless) employee time clock here. You can find our entire selection of employee time clocks here.

David-Link DL-800 Digital Punch Time Clock Review

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

David-Link DL-800 Digital Punch Time Clokc & RecorderIf you’re a small business, on a tight budget or want a no-nonsense time clock, you may want to consider using the David-Link DL-800 digital punch time clock (found here). This compact little device has become very popular for several different reasons. This is my review.

David-Link, as a company, has proven itself to be a solid and reliable manufacturer of employee, digital and biometric time clocks. One of David-Link’s biggest advantages is their excellent price to value ration. You truly can get more time clock for your dollar with David-Link machines.

The DL-800 is a prime example of excellent value for your money. Value and price are two of the reasons this particular model is such a hit with our small business customers. This clock is far superior versus handwriting time worked, and makes payroll easier.

The David-Link DL-800 is packed with features. To begin with, the DL-800 is both a digital and a punch time clock. The digital LCD readout is large and the time clock includes a built in computer that helps you track early punches, late punches and streamlines the payroll process. The DL-800 displays the time and date and includes a perpetual calendar.

The DL-800 is a punch time clock because it physically stamps the time onto a time card. This includes an auto to-loading slot that automatically detects cards as they are placed inside. A dual-color ink ribbon (Red / Black) makes it easy to track down late punches, early punches and helps to cut down on payroll errors.

Time clock fraud is cut down with the DL-800 thanks to password protection. Only an authorized “admin” person can make changes to the date and the time. The DL-800 makes it easy to adjust the pay period. This includes daily, monthly, weekly or bi-weekly pay periods.

Not only is the DL-800 accurate and affordable, it also features a high-quality build. It looks great and fits in nicely with existing office décor. The DL-800 is primarily designed for tabletop use.

If you are a small business or are an organization in need of an affordable employee time clock, I highly recommend using the David-Link DL-800.

You can find the David-Link DL-800 digital punch time clock here. You can find our entire selection of employee time clocks here.

David-Link DL-958 Biometric Time Clock Review

Monday, December 6th, 2010

David-Link DL-958 Employee Biometric Time ClockFinding a reliable and easy-to-use employee time clock is now a little bit easier, thanks in part to the recently released David-Link DL-958 biometric time clock. Not only is this time clock reliable, it also features biometric scanning, making it easier for employees to log in and out of work and helping cut down on time clock fraud. This is my review.

The David-Link DL-958 has now been out for about half a year and it has quickly become one of the most popular biometric time clocks around. I have personally used many biometric time clocks and the DL-958 has to be one of the fastest around. A single fingerprint image scan takes less than 1.2 seconds. The built-in storage holds up to 3,000 fingerprints.

Unlike many biometric time clocks that require you to slide your finger, the DL-958 only requires that you place your finger on the scanner. Many biometric time clocks require a finger to be scanned multiple times (not by design). The DL-958 gets finger scans done right every time. I tried myself to scan my finger about 10 times in a row, and the DL-958 was dead on accurate every time.

Data retrieval is easy. The DL-958 has both RS-232 and RS-485 connectivity, making it easy to download data onto a computer. Included software makes it easy to view employee records and data on a computer. Data can be exported for viewing in Excel or as a stand-alone text file.

No worries if you don’t want to use a computer. The DL-958 can also be used as a stand-alone time clock. Data is stored locally on the DL-958 and can be retrieved and viewed by authorized personnel.

While the DL-958 is primarily designed for use as a biometric time clock, it also includes a handy control panel with numbers. This allows an employer to also permit employees to check in and out by use of a Pin Number, if so desired.

Both versatility, extreme affordability and easy-of-use make the David-Link DL-958 a great option. I personally like the DL-958 and consider the entire line of David-Link time clocks to be a great value. The price to value ratio can’t be beat.

You can find the David-Link DL-958 biometric time clock here. You can find our entire selection of David-Link time clocks here and employee time clocks here.

Amano PIX-15 Electronic Time Recorder Review

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Amano PIX-15 Employee Time Recorder & ClockWhen it comes to shopping for time clocks, there are a lot of good choices out there. With several different styles, models and systems to choose from, it may seem a little overwhelming. If you’re looking for an electric punch-style time clock, you may want to consider the Amano PIX-15 electronic time recorder (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, the Amano PIX-15 is a very popular time clock with our customers. This is probably due in part to the fact that it is affordable, but there is definitely more to it than that. These time recorders also have a great track record.

The PIX-15 is more of a traditional punch-style time clock, but with several electronic enhancements. To begin with, the digital display tells you the time, either in standard or military time. There are no analog components involved in the actual time tracking.

Amano PIX-15 Replacement Ribbon CartridgeThere are few things more annoying than a power outage that wipes out all the settings on your electronics. A built in battery backup keeps settings secure during a power outage. I’ve never tested this to see if it is true, but Amano claims the machine retains memory and settings for 3 years.

Printing is done by inserting the side of the time card into the machine. An illuminated print window makes the time card easy to see making alignment simple. The stamping can be set up for automatic or manual modes. Automatic stamping uses a micro switch to activate the stamp when a card is slid in. The manual stamping is activated by pressing a button.

Not only does the Amano PIX-15 stamp the time, but it can also be used to stamp up to 10 different messages. These messages are VOID, SENT, PAID, 0RIGIN, RCV’D, CFM’D, APR’D, FAX’D, CMPL’D. This is especially nice for document control purposes. It can also be used as a time stamp for documents rather than an employee time clock.

Have you ever used a time recorder or clock that required you to feed the ribbon for proper operation? The PIX-15 uses a printing cartridge, making ribbon replacement quick and easy. It only takes a few seconds, and a single cartridge lasts for a while.

The PIX-15 can be used on a table or be mounted on a wall. The alignment of the clock is purely based on preference or available space. The time recorder works equally well either way.

Overall I have to say that the PIX-15 is a great little time recorder. It is ideal for small to medium-size businesses.

You can find the Amano PIX-15 electronic time recorder here. You can find our entire selection of employee time clocks and recorders here.

Acroprint Model 125 Employee Time Clock Review

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Acroprint Model 125 Heavy-Duty Employee Time ClockIt’s time to review everyone’s favorite “classic” time clock. Which time clock is that? I’m talking about the Acroprint Model 125 employee time clock (found here). I have had several opportunities to use this classic and this is my review.

To begin with, both the Acroprint Models 125 and 150 are time-tested classics. Chances are pretty good that you have used one at some point in your life. If you haven’t used one, you may have seen them in the background while watching a movie. Seriously. They are all over the place.

One of the biggest indicators that you are dealing with a Model 125 is the classic green color. It can’t be missed. That and the large analog time face. It almost brings back feelings of nostalgia from back when I used to be a bag boy at the local grocery store.

Upon first handling this time clock, I was surprised how big it was compared to what I imagined (referencing previous pictures). It’s not huge, but it’s definitely a hefty time clock. It only weighs 10 pounds, so don’t get too concerned about it being overly large.

The Model 125 uses the old punch-style time management process, which involves employees inserting a time card and stamping it. While this may not be up to par with modern digital time clocks, it gets the job done.

Acroprint hasn’t forgotten about this model. They have recently unveiled a solar-power version of the Model 125 that allows it to be used on construction sites, all powered by the sun.

One reason people choose the Model 125 is its durability. It is made from solid components and is designed to last for years. While I don’t recommend it, you could probably fling this thing against a wall and it would still work. It is categorized as a heavy-duty time clock.

The Model 125 uses ribbons for stamping text. These ribbons are easy to access and change out and are available in different colors. The printed text is clear and legible.

There are five different print configurations available for the Acroprint Model 125, depending on how you need the time, date and other information arranged. These are available as the Models 125AR3, 125ER3, 125NR4, 125QR4 and 125RR4.

If you don’t need a digital time clock, the Acroprint Model 125 is a great option. It is time tested, has a great track record and is a customer favorite.

You can find the Acroprint Model 125 employee time clock here. You can find our entire selection of employee time clocks and recorders here.

David-Link 2Link S-3000 Employee Time Clock Review

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

David-Link 2Link S-3000 Employee Time ClockDo you own or manage a small business and need an affordable way to keep track of employee time? You probably need some sort of time clock system. One model you may want to consider is the David-Link 2Link S-3000 employee time clock (found here). This is my review.

David-Link is fairly new to the time clock industry, but their line of biometric time clocks have already become a hit. Little known, David-Link also has a line of traditional “punch-style” time clocks. The 2Link S-3000 is just one example of these time clocks.

The 2Link S-3000 is currently the cheapest and most affordable time clock we offer. It uses a punch style system. This means that it will print the time and date on a card as it is inserted into the machine. This is one of the most common styles of time clock used today and is especially popular with small businesses.

Setup on this time clock is very easy to do. The large LCD screen makes data easy to view. This includes the perpetual calendar, the time and the date. It can be set up to display time in a 12 or 24-hour format. The print head itself is adjustable and can be used to print up to 13 different preset messages.

Not only is this time clock affordable, it is also extremely compact. It measures in at 7.5″H x 6″W x 6.75″D and weighs in at 6 pounds shipped. This means you can easily place this time clock on just about any table or desk. It is also designed to be wall mounted.

The 2Link S-3000 can be used by an unlimited number of employees, however, it is designed for low to medium-volume use. I would not personally recommend using this system for a large business.

The David-Link S-3000 also features these capabilities:

  • Print in 4 languages (English, French, Spanish and Portuguese)
  • Password protection
  • Build in alarm
  • Automatic, semi-automatic, manual or combination printing mode

Overall I consider the 2Link S-3000 to be a great value for the money. It has a one-year warranty and is a great choice for small businesses and other organizations.

You can find the David-Link 2Link S-3000 employee time clock here. You can find our entire selection of David-Link employee time clocks here. Do you still have questions about the David-Link 2Link S-3000? Call one of our time clock experts at 1-800-658-8788.

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