Eikon Mini

Best Windows Hello Finger Scanners Windows Central 2019

We're fans of security and love Windows Hello, but not all Windows PCs support the use of it. Luckily, if you own a desktop PC that does not have a fingerprint reader, we've rounded up a few options that can be used to unlock support for Windows Hello. However, our favorite is the Eikon Mini, which is a great combination of quality and price.

Best Overall: Eikon Mini

Eikon Mini

Eikon's Mini is not only affordable, but the fingerprint scanner works well. 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 that you need decent access to a USB port (preferably one on the front panel) 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 won't 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.

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Awkward desktop use

Best Overall

Eikon Mini

Improve the security of all of your PCs

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

Premium Scanner: Verifi P5100

Verifi P5100

Verifi's P5100 is an expensive fingerprint scanner for Windows 10, offering one-finger-access to all your apps, games, and files. Forget entering your password with this handy USB device that doesn't even require any additional drivers to be installed. Simply plug and scan. Unlike the Eikon Mini, this scanner is connected to your PC via a cable, which makes more sense for desktop.

This scanner is made out of metal so it has a premium build. It's also compact in size and comes rocking a copy of Roboform password manager, just in case you're still using the same password for all your online accounts. The Verifi P5100 doesn't require you to swipe your finger but instead rest it on the sensor for the checks to be carried out. It's pricey, but it's fast and reliable.

Pros:

  • Roboform password manager
  • Super compact
  • Reliable
  • Connected by cable
  • Premium build

Cons:

  • Pricey

Premium Scanner

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.

Best Value: BIO-Key EcoID

BIO-Key EcoID

EcoID from BIO-Key is a compact fingerprint reader, much like the other options included in this collection. It offers support for Windows Hello to get you logged in without entering your password, comes rocking a complimentary copy of OmniPass password manager, as well as support for Bio-Key's own enterprise software.

The included hub allows you to connect the scanner to your desktop PC by not only the cable, but by physically sticking it the hardware to keep it out of the way, thereby ensuring it's convenient enough for quick access. It's perfect for use with a desktop PC and you don't need to swipe a finger for your prints to be recognized.

Just be sure to overlook some unrecognized fingerprint scans, requiring you to press down on the reader a second time to get into Windows.

Pros:

  • Great value
  • Comes with OmniPass password manager
  • Super compact
  • Reliable
  • Connected by cable

Cons:

  • Sketchy at times

Best Value

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.

Best Portable: Kensington VeriMark

Kensington VeriMark

When you need a fingerprint reader for your laptop, look no further than the Kensington VeriMark. Allowing you to store up to 10 different fingerprints, this small device will allow you to log into Windows 10 and other software without entering a password — simply use your own fingerprints. The VeriMark is super compact, becoming almost invisible when connected to a notebook. A lot of the options here are portable, but this one might be the most.

Models for single and multiple PC use are available, depending on your application. 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.

Owners of the Kensington VeriMark have shared concerns about the apparent lack of support for certain websites using FIDO U2F.

Pros:

  • Great value
  • Super compact
  • Reliable
  • Solid build

Cons:

  • May not support some websites

Best 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.

Budget-friendly: DDSKY Scanner

DDSKY Scanner

This budget-friendly fingerprint reader from DDSKY lets you add Windows Hello functionality to your PC for less. You get all the same features here that are required for fingerprint recognition and everything is housed in a compact USB dongle, which is great for notebooks but may not be ideal for your desktop setup.

Just don't expect it to perform as well as more expensive options. The reader just isn't as responsive as more pricey readers — think budget smartphone with a fingerprint reader compared against a flagship device — and you'll sometimes have to scan your finger multiple times, but for the price, it's a great way to make your PC more secure.

Pros:

  • Great value
  • Super compact
  • Reliable

Cons:

  • Not so good for desktops
  • Not as fast

Budget-friendly

DDSKY Scanner

Hello Windows

The DDSKY Scanner works well but costs very little in order to convert your Windows PC into a more secure environment.

Bottom line

Despite so many great and varied options, the Eikon Mini is our number one pick. It'll not only work well on your desktop PC, but also a notebook too. This fingerprint reader is also affordable and works well with Windows Hello.

Regardless of which you choose, you'll be able to use Windows Hello on your PC. Other picks in our collection will also work well with Windows 10, depending on which product you prefer the look of.

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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