The $100 Fingerprint Reader Tested

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jun 11, 2014

Want to add biometrics but avoid spending nearly $1,000 per door for it?

When it comes to fingerprint readers, there are lots of options that all claim to perform the same. However, the ZKTeco F7 Fingerprint Reader is the least expensive Wiegand/Fingerprint Reader on Amazon, available for ~$80 from several sellers, and generally less than $120 from any of them.

While this unit is commonly rebranded as an OEM and is resold under countless model numbers, it is far less expensive that premium brand offerings.

[Note: this is our first test in a series on fingerprint readers, which will also include tests on BioScrypt, Morpho and Superma this summer.]

Below is the first of 4 videos inside this report that show our test findings:

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Comments (6)

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