The 6 Best USB Fingerprint Scanners for PCs and Laptops

MakeUseOf | 4/3/2019 | Simon Batt
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As operating systems and websites begin to support fingerprint biometric scans, you’ll find modern-day laptops typically come preinstalled with a fingerprint reader. If you’re running on older hardware, however, don’t think about throwing it away just yet; you can still add this functionality by grabbing a USB reader instead.

Here’s our selection of the best USB fingerprint readers on the market today.

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PQI’s Mini USB Fingerprint Reader is a fantastic choice for bringing your old hardware up to speed. It’s designed to be compatible with Windows 10’s new Windows Hello feature, but it is also suitable for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users too.

One of the best features of this reader is its 360-degree scanning capability. You don’t have to worry about how the USB device is oriented; just plug it in where it’s most convenient. When it’s time to scan your finger, the reader will take your orientation into account when comparing it to the record it has on file.

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It has enough room to store up to 10 different fingerprint profiles. This is great for shared use, as well as having backup finger in case one gets dirty or injured. PQI’s reader is available at a very affordable price, which makes this a good choice for someone starting out with fingerprint scanners. An added benefit is its petite size so that it’s easy to carry around with you.

If you have a desktop setup where you can’t easily reach the USB ports, it’s best to use a scanner that you place on the table beside you. The Verifi P2000 Fingerprint Reader is one of the best examples of this kind of scanner, and is definitely worth considering if you’re looking for a reader that will sit neatly on your desk.

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