Updated November 29, 2018 by Gregg Parker

The 10 Best Proximity Card Readers

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We spent 23 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. Regardless of the nature of your business, it's always a good idea to keep important documents and information secure. Instead of giving each employee a set of keys to carry around, one of these machines will allow you to use company badges to permit access. Some units are also capable of creating temporary ID tags or processing payments without swiping customers' credit cards. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best proximity card reader on Amazon.

10. Fongwah NFC

9. Uhppote Weatherproof

8. Chafon Mini

7. Visionis Access

6. Zoter Backlit

5. Square Contactless

4. HID MiniProx

3. Libo Smart Home Standalone

2. Uhppote Metal

1. ProxPro Keypad

Editor's Notes

November 28, 2018:

Because there aren't a lot of companies in this sector, you'll find the items on this list are vastly different from one another both in price and functionality. For business purposes, HID has the market cornered, but you'll need an existing system to get it set up. Smaller options are much less expensive, but may be less secure. Integrating a contactless payment system coupled with an ID system so that users are assigned temporary mobile IDs is possible, but consumer options aren't widespread yet, so it's probably better to have a different machine for each use.

Gregg Parker
Last updated on November 29, 2018 by Gregg Parker

Gregg Parker is a writer and puppy enthusiast who divides his time between Los Angeles and the rest of the world. A graduate of the University of Southern California, his eclectic career has involved positions in education, health care, entertainment, nonprofit fundraising, technology, and literature. A points and miles expert, he's well-versed in all topics related to travel, including luggage and travel accessories. Other areas of expertise include pet care products, teaching resources, kitchen appliances, and anything related to coffee or barbecue.

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