upunch HN3540 non-calculating time clockView on Amazon
Price, rank, and reviews updated 11/28/2020
In the battle of economical time clocks, uPunch has been the clear winner. The model HN3500 is a cleanly designed, top-feeding, across-the-card time clock, that started it all. It has been a number one selling time clock on Amazon for a very long time.
If you are not familiar, this type of clock prints from left to right on the card for each day. In this case it prints on six columns, allowing a maximum of 6 punches per day.
For example, an employee could clock IN to start their shift, clock OUT/IN for lunch, clock OUT/IN for break, then clock OUT to end their shift.
The HN3000 is easy to use, can be used with unlimited employees (within reason) and works with any pay period.
The HN3000 starter kit shown above comes with everything you need to get started. uPunch also offers the HN1500 with few supplies.
- (1) uPunch HN3000 time clock (of course)
- (400) uPunch time cards
- (2) ten-pocket time card racks
- (4) black/red ribbon cartridges
- (2) metal case keys
Be aware the HN3000 does not calculate or total the hours on the time card. For that, you'll need to look at calculating time clocks instead.
And like most electronics these days, the HN3000 is manufactured in Asia... which helps keep pricing really low. But if it matters to you, Amano still manufactures their clocks here in the US.
Who is it best for?
Companies with less than 50 employees. We also recommend using it in office environments. Dusty areas are not a good idea because dirt could fall into the top of the clock.
How do employees clock in?
Employees first insert their time card into the top of the clock. Then they press the IN or OUT button that corresponds to the correct column for the day.
How does it help prepare payroll?
Again, the HN3000 does not calculate hours. However, uPunch offers a free cloud application to calculate and total each time card. You still have to manually enter each time stamp, but hey, it's free.
What are the features?
The HN3000 prints on 6 columns instead of 4. Thus giving the employee the ability to punch 6 times per day.
Like all clocks in its class, the HN3000 automatically feeds and aligns the timecard into the machine. Thus preventing overprint errors.
Can be placed on a desktop or mounted to a wall. Comes with necessary hardware.
The HN3000 also prints late in punches and early out punches in red, has a large digital display that can be viewed from across the room, and can signal or operate external bells. But to be honest most clocks in its class off the same thing.
Unlike other clocks, uPunch offers a 2-year warranty (most others only offer 1-year). They also offer free support for as long as you own the clock. Which is a pretty good deal.
Speaking of warranties, uPunch also offers a lifetime warranty on the clock. To get this, you'll need to sign up for their time card auto fulfillment plan. Something to consider.
uPunch HN3000 Auto-Align Electronic Time Clock
The uPunch HN3000 is a top choice if you're looking for a cheap time clock. It includes features to get the job done, comes bundled with supplies and accessories, and is backed by free support.
Best used if you're on a budget, need a basic time clock, have a dust-free environment, and only need 6 punches per day.
- Top-feeding and aligning. Drop the timecard in the slot, and the machine will (should) print on the correct line.
- Free cloud software to save time records and run reports
- Automatically adjust for daylight savings
- Optional internal alarm signal or external bell ringing
- Better than average support
- Does not calculate or total hours on timecard
- Requires time cards designed specifically for the machine
- Very small printing on time card