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FeaturesNanoDrop 1000Implen NanoPhotometer® N50-GO
Built-in Touch ScreenExternal PC computer/laptop required to operate

No touchscreen

Built-in 7” LCD glove compatible color touch screen
Minimum Sample Volume1 µL

2 µl sample size is recommended for protein

0.3 – 2 μL
Illuminated Read HeadN/A
Illuminated read head for an easy sample application
Measurement Wavelength220 – 750 nm
Full scan from 200 – 650 nm

Ratio Calculation
260/230 and 260/280

Quality Control WarningsN/A
Sample Control™: quality control technology identifies sample impurities, potential contaminants, turbidity and lint residue

Blank Control™: prevents inaccurate readings caused by high background blanks or insufficient cleaning

Measurement Time10 seconds

2.5 – 4 seconds
(full scan 200 – 650 nm)
Detection RangedsDNA: 2 – 3,700 ng/µl
BSA: 0.1 – 100 mg/ml

dsDNA: 5 – 7,500 ng/µl
BSA: 0.15 – 217 mg/ml
Internal Data StorageNo Internal Data Storage
Results must be saved on a computer

32 GB for storage of thousands of measurements
Pathlength1 mm (with auto-ranging to 0.2 mm)

Utilizes two fixed path lengths 0.67 and 0.07 mm
Enclosed Sample Measurement SurfacesNO

Column is exposed to surroundings, leading to sample evaporation.


Enclosed sample measurement surfaces

No Evaporation
Accurate results independent from environmental conditions

Ability to measure proteins with detergent buffers without sample build-up

Air Bubble RecognitionNot available
Air Bubble Recognition: alerts the user when an air bubble is detected in the applied sample drop
Light SourceXenon Flash Lamp
Xenon Flash Lamp

Thermo recommends performing a Calibration Check using CF-1 calibration check fluid every 6 months and regular service every year


No Recalibration
No reconditioning

Maintenance-free over the entire lifetime


The pedestal of the instrument may become unconditioned over time, especially when measuring proteins or samples that contain surfactants or detergents. This requires reconditioning of the unit’s pedestal.


Scratch-resistant inert quartz pedestal that requires no reconditioning

Operating SystemInformation not provided
Linux based NPOS (NanoPhotometer® Operating System)
Onboard ProcessorN/A
Built-in computer with high-performance Intel Celeron dual core 2.4 GHz processor
Software CompatibilityCompatible with Windows XP and Windows 7 only, not compatible with Windows 10
Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10 (32 and 64 bit), OS X, iOS and Android OS
Data Transfer and Connectivity OptionsThe unit includes 1 USB port
The unit includes 2x USB A, USB B, HDMI, Ethernet, WiFi
Instrument ControlThe device must be connected to a computer via USB cable for operation, control and data storage. The instrument is not stand-alone, no local control.

Easy control of the NanoPhotometer® is possible via Wi-Fi from tablets or smartphones (Android OS & iOS). Control from PCs via LAN, WiFi or USB (Windows & Mac). The HDMI port allows for presentations directly from the device.
WiFi HotspotWiFi functionality not available
Built-in WiFi hotspot
Instrument Dimensions14 x 20 cm
(5.5 x 7.9 inches)
20 x 20 x 12 cm
(7.9 x 7.9 x 4.7 inches)
WarrantyProduct has been discontinued – repair, maintenance, and recalibration service no longer available
FULL warranty for one year including parts and labor

NanoDrop™ and NanoDrop™ One are registered trademarks of Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Implen® is not affiliated, sponsored or endorsed by Thermo Fisher Scientific or NanoDrop.
Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.