Eikon Mini

Best Windows Hello Finger Scanners Windows Central 2019

The Eikon Mini is an affordable PC accessory that allows you to add an extra layer of security on your Windows 10 PC, using the power of Windows Hello. It's convenient, and it gives you some added peace of mind.

Our pick

Eikon Mini

Improve the security of all of your PCs

The Eikon Mini is an affordable, yet accurate and compact fingerprint scanner that works just fine with Windows 10 and Windows Hello.

Who should buy the Eikon Mini?

Anyone who wants an affordable way to add some extra security to their PC should consider the Eikon Mini. Its seamless integration with Windows Hello makes its perfect for PC users of all types.

Is it a good time to buy?

The Eikon Mini isn't the sort of product that will see regular updates, and its price has remained steady for some time now so there's no reason not to pick one up.

Reasons to buy

  • Super compact
  • Reliable
  • Seamless integration with Windows Hello
  • Attaches directly to the PC

Reasons not to buy

  • Awkward to use with a desktop

A great fingerprint scanner for any Windows PC, especially laptops

Eikon's Mini is not only affordable, but the fingerprint scanner actually works. As covered in our review of the Eikon Mini, it's one of the smallest fingerprint readers around, which means portability and the ability to leave the dongle plugged into your laptop. You'll be able to improve the security of both your home and work PCs with nothing more than a finger. When logging in, Windows 10 will ask for the fingerprint, which will subsequently unlock the PC.

USB 2.0 is utilized so you'll be able to insert and use the Eikon Mini on older PCs, as well as new machines rocking USB 3.0 and above. The only issue with the Mini is the requirement of decent access to a USB port on the computer case, but for laptops and other portable Windows 10-powered machines, you'll be absolutely fine. The best part is that you'll not have to install anything to make this fingerprint scanner work — just plug it in and security is a fingerprint away.

It is worth noting that the Eikon Mini is a "swipe" scanner and thus you'll need to swipe your finger across the reader, as opposed to resting the finger like on most smartphones that use fingerprint authentication.

Premium pick

Verifi P5100

Expensive for office environments

If you have the money to spare to invest in a fingerprint scanner and wish to purchase a durable and accurate one-touch reader, the P5100 is worth it.

For the average consumer who may not be registering their fingerprint numerous times a day, it may appear to be overkill compared to other options. But for office environments in particular, this is a superb scanner.

Best touch

BIO-Key EcoID

Goodbye finger swipe

This is placement finger reader, which means instead of having to slide your finger across a scanning strip, you rest your finger on the glass.

Aggressively priced, the EcoID is affordable and super convenient thanks to not requiring a finger swipe. It's also perfect to use with a desktop PC.

Turly portable

Kensington VeriMark

Attach it to your key ring

Kensington has gone all out with the VeriMark, adding in superior biometric performance and 360-degree readability, as well as anti-spoofing protection.

It's not only priced well but can even be easily attached to a standard key ring for convenient portability. You'll never lose your keys and now you'll never lose your fingerprint reader.

Bottom line

Despite so many great and varied options, the Eikon Mini is our number one pick. Regardless of which you choose, you'll be able to use Windows Hello on your PC.

Our pick

Eikon Mini

Improve the security of all of your PCs

The Eikon Mini is an affordable, yet accurate and compact fingerprint scanner that works just fine with Windows 10 and Windows Hello.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.

Cale Hunt is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing mainly on PC hardware and VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and when he has some free time you can usually find him practicing guitar or reorganizing his ever-growing library. If you hear him say "Sorry!" it's only because he's Canadian.

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