Updated March 13, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 9 Best Fingerprint Readers

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This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in February of 2017. If you need to secure valuable data on your computer or electronic device, one of these fingerprint readers can keep unwanted users out. They can also streamline your login process to a nearly unlimited number of password protected applications and websites. We've come up with a list of the best on the market today, which all offer convenience, reliability, and durability. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best fingerprint reader on Amazon.

9. Bio-key SideSwipe

8. Futronic FS88H

7. Blucoil Secugen Hamster Pro 20

6. PQI Mini

5. K-Byte Biometric

4. Digital Persona U.are.U 4500

3. Kensington VeriMark

2. Benss CA-101

1. Verifi P2000

Editor's Notes

March 10, 2019:

Biometric scanners have been used in government facilities and in many other high-security applications for decades. Over the last few years though, the technology for these devices has become efficient and affordable enough for the home user and small business use. After scouring the market, we have complied a list of the best options for both commercial and consumer use. If you are looking for an easier and more secure way to login to your personal laptop and various other password-protected applications, take a look at the Benss CA-101, Kensington VeriMark, and PQI Mini. All three of these are essentially nano-USB sized, so you can leave them plugged in all the time, even if you constantly take your laptop on the go. Those who need a device for their desktop have a slightly larger pool of options to choose from, since size won't be such a determining factor. While all three of the models we just mentioned would work perfectly for desktops too, we urge you to also consider the industry-leading Verifi P2000, which has a highly-advanced sensor that rarely ever requires a second reading and is capable of recognizing fingerprints on scared or otherwise damaged skin. The Verifi P2000 is also well-suited to commercial applications, as are the Digital Persona U.are.U 4500, Blucoil Secugen Hamster Pro 20, Futronic FS88H, and Bio-key SideSwipe.

Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on March 13, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.

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