Member since: 2019
Organization: BIAL, Portela & Ca
Cheap material, expensive technical assistance.
Application Area: Cell culture - cell counting
"This appeared to be a great purchase for our lab. A compact instrument, providing fast and reproducible cell counting. It also features a useful dilution calculator. The first R1 we purchased had a malfunction less than 2 years after we started using it. It stopped focusing and the price for repair was almost the cost of a brand new one! At the time we accepted the supplier's discount to purchase a new R1 instead of repairing the faulty one. This second R1 worked well until the "touch" function on the LCD stopped working, rendering the equipment useless. In summary, it may be less expensive than other cell counters, but this instrument is prone to malfunction and Olympus provides expensive technical assistance. Think twice before opting for R1 cell counter."
Automatic Cell Counting in 15 seconds.
Olympus’ new Cell Counter model R1 is a cost-effective solution that saves time and simplifies the cell counting process, enhancing workflow productivity in cell cultivation.
Engineered with leading-edge technology in a portable design, the new Olympus Cell Counter model R1 offers user-friendly and cost-effective cell counting for routine cell culturing. Accurate cell counts are important for a variety of research applications, including regenerative and drug medicine. Rather than relying on a human operator to manually count cells using a counting chamber, the Cell Counter model R1 standardises the process with fully automated cell counting and detailed reporting. The R1 uses innovative liquid lens autofocus technology, which mimics the way the human eye focuses. It features software with a unique algorithm for accurate automated cell counts in as little as 15 seconds.
The model R1 is designed to be user-friendly and includes a 7-in. touchscreen display with an intuitive interface. The software is easily optimised and features cell size and roundness-based sorting capabilities, the ability to identify live and dead cells, clumped cell declustering, and an automatic dilution calculator. Users have the ability to easily adjust the minimum and maximum cell size so that only the desired cells are detected. Counts can then be displayed as a histogram for analysing certain size cells based on size distribution. The R1 can store up to 1,000 counts and 300 different cell protocols for quick set-up and counting for routine culturing procedures. Result reporting is straightforward and available at-a-glance without the need to write down detailed settings. Counts are saved as CSV files that can be exported using a portable USB drive. Alternatively, for more comprehensive reporting, count results and images can be saved together and exported as either a TIFF or PDF file.
In addition, the new system utilises disposable slides with two chambers allowing two separate counts per slide: operators simply place a droplet of cell sample into a chamber on a special slide and place it in the cell counter. With dimensions of (W × D × H) 195 mm × 237 mm × 272 mm and weighing only 2.1 kg, it fits in any workspace.