The Best Launch Scan Tools On The Market Reviews

LAUNCH Tech, U.S. headquarters in Southern California has developed to be a strong contestant in production of OBD2 scan tools. Their products are well known in the market for cost-effectiveness and modernization. The company has 350 highly qualified engineers working hard to induce new ideas in order to meet the growing demands of the customers. The significant feature of their products is that they practically work on all cars sold in the U.S.A.

Here is a brief review of Top 5 LAUNCH Scanners:

1. Launch Creader Viii Code Reader 8 Automotive Scan System Same Function of Launch Crp 129

This scanner is designed in order to satisfy the needs of Do-It-Yourself car owners, individual technicians and small repair workshops. You can count on its easy installment and use-friendly features. The readings provided cover the main 4 systems which should be checked in a car diagnosis: Engine, Transmission, ABS and Airbag.

Also Great
3.8 Stars (3.8 / 5)
This is a good fully functional scanner, can be used as a generic scanner or car specific: hard to beat the price.

Here is a run down of its technical features:

  • OBD2 trouble-shooting on nearly every car across the globe.
  • EPB discharge capability.
  • Steering angle setting.
  • Oil change service warning light.
  • Live Data presentation.
  • Code definitions and service notifications.
  • Basic functions: Reading and clearing DTC data.

Things We Liked

  • FREE lifetime upgrading system. This is a plus, in comparison to other brands that only provide this service for a year.
  • Software is included on purchase.
  • One year warranty.
  • OBD and USB cables alongside the Carry Box are provided.
  • Before shipping to the customer as a company rule, all tools are tested manually.
  • Easy to use for DIY drivers.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Like all High Tech tools Crp 129 has its weaknesses. Combining several setups has made it rather complex.

2. Launch X431 V (X431 Pro) Wifi Bluetooth Full System Android Scanpad

This is a classic 5 star rated LAUNCH scan tool product providing the best in Bluetooth technology. This is a new production and completely substitutes its predecessors. Here are the outstanding features which will help you to decide on purchasing this model:

Also Great
5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
It very easy and the Launch X431 V+ is awesome! Many functions in a layout that is intuitive and easy to learn and use. It came in a nice case and was very easy to update.
  • Works on 220 car models from Europe, USA and Asia.
  • Best of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth technology.
  • Easily updatable online, no need for any downloads.
  • Backup battery system with 4 hour working time.
  • Without any IP restrictions for software download.
  • Taking advantage of mobile internet, it provides a wider range of services.

Things We Liked

  • 1 year warranty.
  • 9 language data readings and definitions (English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian).
  • New and easy to use screen display design.
  • Free Technical Support and Maintenance.
  • Supports Indian TATA/Mahindra and Maruti cars.

Things We Didn't Like

  • The first year update is for free. However after this period it will cost 650 USD/year.

3. Launch CRP-229 diagnostic scan tool

Also Great
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
The new Wi-Fi Android based CRP-229 boasts full OEM Enhanced access to All vehicles and All Modules, for reading & clearing codes, live data & graphing.

This is a new LAUNCH trouble-shooting scanner operating on Android app. Its touch display gives you access to nearly all car models in the market. Professional technicians need to analyze extensive data; here is where CRP 229 comes in by providing data at an affordable price. Some of the features that make this model sell are as follow:

  • 5 inch color touch display monitor.
  • Based on Android app, it is updatable online by a click.
  • Data Readings on: Electronic parking brake, Steering angle, battery output.
  • Besides OBD2 16 pin connector, MBZ (38 pin) and BMW (20 pin) connectors are included on purchase.
  • Rechargeable batteries.
  • Multilingual data display (English, Spanish and French).
  • Tough and handy holding case.

Things We Liked

  • The main vantage point of LAUNCH CRP-229 is its capability to read data of nearly all vehicles in the market.
  • Offers additional data readings on steering angle, EPB, Oil and Battery reset.
  • Affordable price in comparison to expensive scan tools with similar features.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Despite usual hitches in updating on the internet, there is simply no other scanner at this price point equipped with these features.

4. Launch Tech 301050116 ‘CRP123’ ABS, SRS, Transmission and Engine Code Scanner

Also Great
4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)
An awesome scan tool, great functionality with almost all makes. Load time is quick, the graphing feature is excellent; perfect for watching O2 sensor graphs.

Here you have a really smart looking scan tool with many exceptional features. Many technicians are attracted to this new OBD2 scanner because it has nearly all the features that a professional technician needs. Some of its unique benefits are listed below:

  • Extensive Coverage: Applicable to nearly all modules in the car market including cars manufactured in Asia.
  • Ability to display Live and Freeze Data, enabling technicians to analyze the readings.
  • Improved display system for ABS, SRS, transmission and engine readings.
  • Light weight (1.4 pounds) and small size (9.2*7.8*1.7) makes it a user-friendly tool in the workshop.

Things We Liked

  • Advance OBD2 Mode 6 data reading.
  • Illuminating light feature to warn the driver of any possible fault in the engine.
  • Eye- catching design with a beautiful hard plastic coating.
  • Easy to use control buttons which would help a newcomer to quickly master it.
  • An all-inclusive User Manual, explaining every feature of the scan tool.

Things We Didn't Like

  • The only downside to this nice looking scan tool is its rather expensive price tag. However in my view, for a professional it’s a good buy.

5. Launch Tech 301050074 Creader VI Code Reader and Scanner

Also Great
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Able to quickly scan 10 various make vehicles. This makes diagnosis a whole lot smoother. Note! this version will not work on some Japanese domestic vehicles.

This Launch product is targeted specifically at Do-It-Yourself car lovers who want to diagnose their cars with accuracy and reliability. Although the price is high the features packed into this scan tool easily compensate for it. These are some of the features that count for its price:

  • Read and clears all DTC readings.
  • Ability to display freeze data for engine analysis.
  • Reading Live engine Data.
  • Ability to save and provide up to 8 hours of engine data.
  • I/M and EVAP test system.

Things We Liked

  • A 90 cm long OBD2 connecting cable giving you lots of room to maneuver.
  • A bright color screen making data reading easy and simple.
  • Ability to read data over a period of time is a benefit for car mechanics.
  • The price for a home mechanic scan tool considering the wide range of data readings provided is fair and reasonable.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Display buttons are made of soft rubber which can be rather frustrating to work with.
  • The screen is highly reflective, which in summer may cause some difficulty.
  • The graph displays; with two sets of readings running at the same time is difficult to analyze.
  • Finding the software update for it online is not easy.

Final conclusion

LAUNCH products products have generally received enthusiastic reviews from their customers and are well compatible with similar brands which have been in the OBD2 scanner industry longer. LAUNCH scan tools work with nearly all cars on the road in North America.

Their skilled technicians in Southern California are at hand to provide technical support for necessary repairs of their products in a usually five day period.

These all add up to the fact that LAUNCH Scan Tools are reliable both for home mechanics and Professional technicians.  On the count of their proven track record, I recommend them.

I'm Ray Kevin, a member of Zentiz team, who thoroughly enjoys researching about automotive products. I hope my reviews can help you to choose the right products fit with your needs.

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