Eikon Mini

Our pick

Eikon Mini

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

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.
  • No use for anyone on Windows 7.

A great fingerprint scanner for any Windows PC, especially laptops

The Eikon Mini is cheap, works as expected, and is highly rated by other owners who rely on the security dongle on a daily basis.

Eikon's Mini is not only affordable at just $19.95, 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.

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

Verifi P5100

The Verifi P5100 is an expensive option in this roundup, priced at $139. 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 the purchase.

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

The EcoID by BIO-Key is a placement finger reader, which means instead of having to slide your finger across a scanning strip you simply rest your finger on the glass to be authenticated.

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.

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