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In order to help you to choose the correct hardware for NFC Tools - PC / Mac, we tested the most popular NFC readers and NFC chips.
On this page, you can find our observations and everything you need to start.

Recommended NFC readers


ACR 1252U

ACR 1252U

Tested on: Windows - MacOS - Linux
With : NTAG21x, Mifare Ultralight/C, Ultralight EV1, Mifare Classic 1k/4k
Drivers: https://wak.li/284
Remark: Fast and reliable

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ACR 1255U-J1

ACR 1255U-J1

Tested on: Windows - MacOS - Linux
With: NTAG21x, Mifare Ultralight/C, Ultralight EV1, Mifare Classic 1k/4k
Drivers: https://wak.li/285
Remark: Fast and reliable but only works with USB

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ACR 122U

ACR 122U

Tested on: Windows - MacOS
With: NTAG203, NTAG21x, Mifare Ultralight/C, Mifare Classic 1k/4k
Drivers: https://wak.li/286
Remark: Cheap but some UL EV1 chips are not compatible

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Working NFC readers


HID Omnikey 5022CL

HID Omnikey 5022CL

Tested on: Windows - MacOS - Linux
With: NTAG203, NTAG21x, Mifare Ultralight/C
Drivers: https://wak.li/287
Remark: Really fast but unable to use the password feature

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HID Omnikey 5427CK

HID Omnikey 5427CK

Tested on: Windows - MacOS - Linux
With: NTAG203, NTAG21x, Mifare Ultralight/C
Drivers: https://wak.li/287
Remark: Really fast but unable to use the password feature

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Identiv uTrust 3700F

Identiv uTrust 3700F

Tested on: Windows - MacOS - Linux
With: NTAG203, NTAG21x, Mifare Ultralight/C, Mifare Classic 1k/4k
Drivers: https://wak.li/288
Remark: Reading problems can happen (move the chip to fix), unable to use the password feature

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ACR 122T

ACR 122T

Tested on: Windows - MacOS
With: NTAG203, NTAG21x, Mifare Ultralight/C, Mifare Classic 1k/4k
Drivers: https://wak.li/289
Remark: Convenient size but some UL EV1 chips are not compatible

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Identiv SCL 3711

Identiv SCL 3711

Tested on: Works only on Windows
With: NTAG21x, Mifare Ultralight/C
Drivers: https://wak.li/28b
Remark: Unable to use the password feature and some chips are not compatible

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ACR 1256U

ACR 1256U

Tested on: Windows - MacOS - Linux
With: NTAG21x, Mifare Ultralight/C, Mifare Classic 1k/4k
Drivers: https://wak.li/28c
Remark: Unable to use the password feature and some chips are not compatible

Discontinued product
 

Non working NFC readers


Sony RC-S380

Sony RC-S380

Tested on: Works only on Windows
With: Mifare Ultralight/C, Mifare Classic 1k/4k
Drivers: https://wak.li/28a
Remark: Unable to detected NTAG21x chips properly

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ACR 1281U-C8

ACR 1281U-C8

Tested on: Unable to connect on any system
With: N/A
Drivers: https://wak.li/28d
Remark: Not working

Discontinued product
 
Sony RC-S380

Mind NFC D8N ?

Tested on: Works only on Windows
With: Mifare Ultralight/C
Drivers: Unable to find any drivers
Remark: Unable to detected NTAG21x chips properly
 

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