Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.
How to choose an autoscanner
Autoscanners, like other electronic diagnostic devices systems possess a set of key parameters for which it is necessary rely on when choosing. Often, not only depends on them the adaptability of the autoscanner to a particular type of work, but also notorious popularity of the device in the market. Concerning The online magazine recommends that you pay attention to the following Aspects:
- Software. Key parameter, directly determining the functionality of the autoscanner and its fitness to carry out a wide range of tasks. In general it should be remembered that the more software supports (or has) selected device, the wider range of tasks can be solved with it help.
- Management interface. Another important aspect, on which consumers pay undeservedly little attention. Often it is the intuitiveness and ease of control that affects high the popularity of autoscanner among users, but far from all manufacturers pay due attention to the interface (at least least at first). When choosing an autoscanner, we recommend giving special attention to testing the device for the “lightness” of the interface, checking the amount of firmware in parallel package.
- Connection. On the Internet you can meet the opinion that this parameter is secondary and should not be pay no attention. However, the presence or absence one or another connection method affects ergonomics and the durability of using an autoscanner. So, in the absence of wireless connectivity (via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi etc.) the device will lose significantly in ergonomics and mobility, since it will require the constant availability of a “laptop” or tablet. In addition, the conditional failure of the USB and LAN ports, without redundant connection methods, put an end to further use of the device without urgent repair.
- Degree of versatility. All autoscanners submitted on the market are divided into two types: multi-brand and multi-brand. The former provide the ability to work out of the box with a large number of brands of cars and are intended for use in public service centers. The second, on the contrary, more sharpened for use with a particular brand of car, mainly used by dealers. Owning a service station, or servicing different brands of vehicles, it makes no sense to purchase mono-brand autoscanners. And vice versa: repairing only conditional Mercedes cars invested in the acquisition of multi-brand devices will be unreasonable.
- Rating of the best car scanners
- The best low-cost autoscanners
- Launch CReader V
- Delphi DS150E
- ELM 327 Orion Wi-Fi Micro
- The best professional multi-brand diagnostic scanners
- Carman Scan VG +
- Bosch KTS 570
- ScanTronic R-Box
- Autel MaxiDas DS708
- Launch X431 Pro
- Scanmatic 2
- Autocom CDP Pro
- The best professional mono-brand car scanners
- Mercedes SD Connect Wi-Fi
- BMW ICOM A2 + B + C
- Hyundai and Kia GDS VCI
Rating of the best car scanners
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|The best low-cost autoscanners||1||Launch CReader V||3 690 rub.|
|2||Delphi DS150E||4 990 rub.|
|3||ELM 327 Orion Wi-Fi Micro||3 220 rub.|
|The best professional multi-brand diagnostic scanners||1||Carman Scan VG +||189 000 rub.|
|2||Bosch KTS 570||124 200 rub.|
|3||ScanTronic R-Box||45 600 rub.|
|4||Autel MaxiDas DS708||66 820 rub.|
|5||Launch X431 Pro||107 762 rub.|
|6||Scanmatic 2||21 600 rub.|
|7||Autocom CDP Pro||11 990 rub.|
|The best professional mono-brand car scanners||1||Mercedes SD Connect Wi-Fi||41 500 rub.|
|2||BMW ICOM A2 + B + C||RUB31,488|
|3||Hyundai and Kia GDS VCI||36 500 rub.|
The best low-cost autoscanners
Launch CReader V
Professional-grade stand-alone scanning device, all information from which is supplied to structurally provided LCD display A feature of Launch CReader V is that It is capable of working only with OBD-II protocols. In other words, autoscanner can communicate with engine control units auto, and the execution of a group of basic diagnostic procedures that are included in this standard:
- debugging and control of the fuel injection system;
- recognition of actual and stored errors in memory;
- real-time diagnostic parameter information time.
As users note, the convenience of this device is and in the methods of displaying the obtained data. Launch CReader V may present them in the form of text, as well as build graphs, according to which for example, it’s very easy to monitor the air flow at increase / decrease the speed, determine the state lambda probes, etc.
- fully autonomous system with its own display for information output;
- low cost;
- intuitive interface;
- high accuracy of diagnosis.
- the ability to work exclusively with the OBD-II protocol.
Delphi DS150E is an inexpensive and reliable Autoscanner, which has no exaggeration, a huge database diagnosed cars. His software is pantry norms of hundreds of different cars and trucks having connectors for OBD-II standard. Overwhelming majority professional diagnosticians love this device for its simplicity and the visibility of the information displayed on the monitor a computer or other digital picture receiver. According to Consumer Delphi DS150E is a Great Budget Equivalent professional car diagnostic systems, functional which is more than enough for use in car services low and middle management. Also pleasing is the fact of having full Russian translation of the entire management interface, which greatly facilitates use of an autoscanner for people without special foreign knowledge languages.
- availability of databases on standardized controlled parameters hundreds of different cars;
- full Russification of software;
- optimal level of value.
- the ability to work only with the protocol of the standard OBD-II.
ELM 327 Orion Wi-Fi Micro
In its original form, the ELM 327 is one of the most functional and inexpensive devices for state scanning auto. However, in modern realities, a US-made product suffered the fate of arrogant Chinese plagiarism, in connection with which the official name began to be used immediately for a large group diagnostic tools.
However, this is the case when the Chinese copy quite briskly bypassed the American original in the market. Slightly After thinking about the hardware implementation, the Chinese invited the public two options for ELM 327 connectors: USB port, Wi-fi or module Bluetooth In this regard, the diagnostic device acquired in flexibility regarding the ability to transmit information to devices, “knowing how” to connect to both a PC and smartphones.
An important role in popularization was played by the ability to work with using a wide variety of plugins like free and hacked (Torque, OpenDiag). This approach to Craft opened up a large number of opportunities for autoscanner: from the ability to control secondary parameters before large-scale system diagnostics.
- very low price;
- an abundance of software for various mating platforms;
- as a rule, the large compactness of the devices in all of them variety.
- suitable mainly for detecting defects of various blocks, unable to adapt and transcode blocks under required parameters.
The best professional multi-brand diagnostic scanners
Carman Scan VG +
According to the creators and experts, the Carman Scan VG + autoscanner is a powerful diagnostic complex multibrand level of all those represented in the current market. Having the opportunity to work with cars of segments of America, Europe and Asia, it combines in the following hardware systems:
- four-channel oscilloscope analyze signals coming through the CAN bus and supporting sweep within 20 microseconds.
- a multimeter, the input voltage of which can reach 500 V, with the ability to measure voltage, current, active resistance and network frequency.
- high-voltage type oscilloscope auto ignition circuits.
- various kinds of signal generator resistive, frequency sensors and voltage sources.
An important plus of the Carman Scan VG + autoscanner is shockproof housing and the presence of an integrated touch display with intuitive control interface. At its core, this autoscanner is an assembly consisting of a scanner, an engine tester and a signal simulator for checking sensors, and therefore recommended for professional and most complete car diagnostics in service centers and with independent business.
- rich functionality for the most extensive diagnostics cars;
- ease of use and availability of an explanatory guide;
- high-quality exterior finish.
- high price.
Bosch KTS 570
One of the few autoscanners with an official recommendation for use with diesel engines. Is an full dealer tool providing access to functions of transcoding and changing parameters of control units, adapting them to one or another introductory, as well as to full system tests.
In the official configuration of the Bosch KTS 570 autoscanner, in addition to the diagnostic interface itself, includes a multimeter designed for instrumental diagnosis of the power circuit, and an oscilloscope with two communication channels. As part of the software, in its queue includes the ESItronic reference database, with which you can thoroughly study the interface and capabilities of the device, as well as look at the adjustment and control data for malfunctions. The only caveat when buying is high cost, often overwhelming for service centers in the early stages development.
- device supporting 52 car brands of various overall dimensions classes at the dealer level;
- convenient implementation of navigation through the built-in directory;
- the presence of a set of devices for complex instrumental diagnosis
- high cost (including maintenance).
At the time the ScanTronic R-Box was released, only the lazy noticed that this gadget is a budget analog with serious manners to the dealer level, designed to “sit up” surrendered Position Launch X-431. Quite expectedly, the model received restrained reviews from experts, however, with a detailed indication of a number merits.
In particular, the strength of the ScanTronic R-Box is an extensive database of supported car brands from Russia, Asia (mainly Korea and Japan), America and Europe. Also the user gets access to any diagnostic information supported model, which greatly facilitates the identification process deviations and allows you to produce the most complete range of work to eliminate them. The latter, by the way, is largely thanks to constant software updates, as well as through convenient control interface.
- attractive price, lifting for any services and items Maintenance;
- convenient control interface;
- constant software updates aimed at expanding databases and updating some types of verification.
- still incomplete adaptation of the interface for the Russian language.
Autel MaxiDas DS708
The Autel MaxiDas DS708 autoscanner has about 50 assets. supported car brands, which was the reason including him in the ranking of the best. His trick is having his own 7-inch touchscreen display so you can talk about a high degree of autonomy. Fails and functionality: as noted by users, with some European automobile the device is capable of working at the dealer level, in particular, reprogram immobilizer chips, as well as change and set control unit settings.
It is noteworthy that for communication with the Internet and a local network Autel MaxiDas DS708 service offers not only a Wi-Fi module, but also full LAN port, so you don’t have to worry about features connection with peripheral equipment. Of the rest, it is worth noting good interface adaptation, not the highest price in the class and the presence of shockproof housing that preserves the “inside” of the device safe and sound.
- the presence of functions inherent in devices of the dealer level;
- availability of a LAN port and Wi-Fi module for various options Internet connection
- full autonomy;
- acceptable price.
- small display, inconvenient for viewing detailed schedules.
Launch X431 Pro
Launch X431 Pro – an autoscanner of an acceptable price level, extremely common in small car services, and until recently time is very popular among consumers. By In fact, it is a tablet in a shockproof case with a small compartment under the wireless diagnostic module, powered by the Andriod platform. Must have in his composed of a number of adapters required to connect to vehicles with specific connectors.
Each separately taken advantage of the Launch X431 Pro autoscanner is associated with an accompanying nuance, which is the main “chip” of this model. So, having high mobility, a tablet remains dependent on the power adapter since when using diagnostic programs frankly bad battery runs down literally before our eyes. The abundance of software allows you to work almost with any car brand, but in fact quickly fills pretty limited amount of memory. But what causes bewilderment in absolutely all users of the device, so this is the presence of an antenna for receiving a radio signal – why is this provided in the diagnostic module, it’s not entirely clear, but the Chinese considered this the possibility of more necessary than adding programs to a single management interface.
- low price relative to competitors – the most affordable multibrand autoscanner;
- support for wireless communication with the diagnostic module;
- plenty of software.
- there is no single standard interface: all programs have different functionality and design;
- problems with correct diagnostics periodically arise parameters, which is most often manifested in Chinese cars.
The universal autoscanner of the Russian production created for working with cars of the domestic auto industry and most popular models of foreign brands (Mitsubishi, Chevrolet, Renault, Toyota, etc.). Despite the modest cost “Scanmatik” 2 is characterized by a very wide functionality, which includes real-time charting capabilities CO-correction when the lambda probe is disabled (only for VAZ-ovsky firmware), as well as generate reports on diagnostics and if necessary, send them to print. Last produced thanks to the built-in USB port or Bluetooth module, carefully provided by manufacturers for greater reliability.
Providing the most correct work with all supported vehicle brands, autoscanner Scanmatik 2 is capable of interfacing with Android devices and Windows Mobile, which gives it not only mobility, but also extends the existing functionality somewhat. Such a device is worth inexpensive, but it is often used in car services professional level.
- low cost;
- high quality workmanship;
- manufacturer support of the device (periodic updates functional shell, updating reference data and etc.);
- correct work with the whole set of supported brands auto.
- inability to work with iOS and Windows Mobile platforms.
Autocom CDP Pro
The most inexpensive multibrand autoscanner in the ranking is the quintessence of two separate products from a Swedish manufacturer Autocom – Pro Cars and Pro Trucks suitable for testing systems cars and trucks respectively. Naturally, the Chinese decided to have a hand in this creation, “broken” distributions of both programs and equipped with the received device with two sets of adapters.
However, such plagiarism turned out to be extremely functional and, to also, correctly working, which should be attributed to the asset CDP Pro Chinese developers and directly Swedish compilers of the program. The only caveat here is the following: with all the functionality of the autoscanner “knurling” Updates required for further correct operation are required. to produce in manual mode, waiting for the next cracked package from a nominal manufacturer of the assembly. As users note, in The rest of the Autocom CDP Pro is doing well. True from acquiring a knowingly defective model is not insured by anyone.
- very low price;
- a huge set of diagnostic and service software packages from official manufacturer of the device;
- possibility of application on cars with various types connectors (thanks to the provided adapters included).
- unstable quality of a product in one model line;
- problems with updating the system utility.
The best professional mono-brand car scanners
Mercedes SD Connect Wi-Fi
Star Diagnosis Connect from the famous German brand Mercedes – this is the next generation of mono-brand autoscanners coming to change to the obsolete Star Diagnosis C3 multiplexer. Having carried out painstaking work to correct all the shortcomings, a fresh complex has incorporated all the best features of old appliances, offering users a lot of reasons to enjoy of surprise.
The main advantage of the Mercedes SD Connect autoscanner is the most complete set of software utilities that allow you to:
- simulate the effect of most available power units and car blocks, sending test pulses to them;
- read and present information on the status of workers parameters in graphic and text formats;
- Fine-tune the blocks to the owner’s requests;
- identify and correct errors in the memory of the on-board computer and etc.
Yes, according to the functionality, the price of an autoscanner looks very high. However, the quality of service is certainly worth it.
- huge diagnostic capabilities, correcting existing errors and fine-tuning of operating parameters;
- high degree of reliability of the autoscanner;
- proprietary software with a whole range of useful utilities and additional applications;
- the presence of a Wi-Fi module and a connector for a LAN connection.
- very high cost.
BMW ICOM A2 + B + C
BMW Autoscanner with a somewhat authentic look – the most inexpensive and at the same time one of the most functional diagnostic devices in the mono-brand segment. This combination seems to be the best both for dealerships and for concentrated service points of service in which car refinement for consumer needs.
To work fully with the BMW ICOM A2 + B + C, a number of rather stringent requirements for the configuration of personal systems computers and laptops, since a lot depends on it efficiency and correctness of the work performed. So in recommended parameters means the presence of a quad a processor with a core frequency of at least 3.0 GHz, as well as a drive with no less than 350 GB of free memory. Of course, the potentials diagnostics under such requirements are colossal, which is A key advantage of the device over others.
- attractive price;
- wide range of accessories and comprehensive functionality embedded software;
- the ability to diagnose other brands of cars and motorcycles (BMW Moto, Mini).
- serious system requirements for personal a computer.
Hyundai and Kia GDS VCI
Nominally mono-brand, this scanner module was manufactured for working with two car brands at once within the Korean market, which is clearly seen from the name itself. The main feature of GDS VCI, thanks to which he got into the ranking of the best, is the most complete maintenance of automotive systems engine, gearbox, control system suspension, on-board computer, as well as other control units.
As users note, with a not very convenient menu (in which, in principle, you can figure it out), Hyundai and Kia GDS VCI autoscanner can carry out the finest tuning of nodes according to the required parameters, as well as testing them (at given values) and debugging with occurrence of system errors. In general, the acquisition of this the module doesn’t look too over budget, especially considering full range of features and rich equipment with the ability to free one-year access to diagnostic databases Hyundai and Kia.
- optimal price;
- Six adapters for various module connectors, Autoscanner included in the kit;
- durable case, eliminating damage to the “filling” during impacts and other mechanical influences;
- guarantee of work and annual free access to data on diagnostic parameters from Hyundai and Kia.
- not the most convenient control menu.
Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.