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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.

Note: Purchasing NFC readers using the links on this page allows us to receive a small commission on sales and helps us improve our apps and software.

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

Buy on ShopNFC
 
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, only works with USB

Buy on ShopNFC
 
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, some UL EV1 chips are not compatible

Buy on ShopNFC
 

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, password feature is not supported

Buy on Amazon
 
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), password feature is not supported

Buy on ShopNFC
 
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, some UL EV1 chips are not compatible

Buy on ShopNFC
 
Identiv SCL 3711

Identiv SCL 3711

Tested on: Works only on Windows
With: NTAG21x, Mifare Ultralight/C
Drivers: https://wak.li/28b
Remark: Password feature is not supported, some chips are not compatible

Buy on ShopNFC
 
ACR 1256U

ACR 1256U

Tested on: Windows - MacOS - Linux
With: NTAG21x, Mifare Ultralight/C, Mifare Classic 1k/4k
Drivers: https://wak.li/28c
Remark: Password feature is not supported, some chips are not compatible

Discontinued product
 
ACR 1311

ACR 1311

Tested on: Windows - MacOS - Linux
With: NTAG21x, Mifare Ultralight/C, Ultralight EV1, Mifare Classic 1k/4k
Drivers: https://wak.li/28f
Remark: Fast and reliable, only works with USB

Only in China
 
Springcard PUCK ONE

Springcard PUCK ONE

Tested on: Windows - MacOS - Linux
With: NTAG21x, Mifare Ultralight/C, Mifare Classic 1k/4k
Info: https://wak.li/28g
Remark: USB-C and fast, password feature is not supported, some chips are not compatible
 

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

Buy on Amazon
 
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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