TC20™ Automated Cell Counter by Bio-Rad

Manufacturer Bio-Rad  |   Model: 1450102  |  Available Worldwide
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Accurate, reproducible total counts of mammalian cells and live/dead ratios in one simple step — get results in only 30 sec. Eliminate the tedious task of counting cells with a microscope and hemocytometer and reduce cell count variability.


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Average Rating: 4.2
14 Scientists have reviewed this product

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  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: University of Manchester



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    5 out of 5
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    3 out of 5
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Extremely easy to use and saves lots of time.
Rating: 3.7

  • Application Area: Automatic cell counting

"Extremely easy to use and saves lots of time compared to manual methods. However, casettes are expensive and in some instances gave invalid results. "

Review date: 22 Nov 2019 | TC20™ Automated Cell Counter
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  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: University of Manchester



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    3 out of 5
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Very quick to use but quite expensive.
Rating: 2.0

  • Application Area:Automatic cell counting

"Easy to use but sometimes gave inaccurate results with low numbers. Cartridges/slides are quite expensive for an academic budget. "

Review date: 22 Nov 2019 | TC20™ Automated Cell Counter
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  • Member since: 2010

  • Organization: Uni of Miss



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    5 out of 5
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Good cell counter.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Cell counting

"It's very good machine for cell counting. And reliable to reproduce results."

Review date: 18 Feb 2019 | TC20™ Automated Cell Counter
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  • Member since: 2015

  • Organization: Case Western Reserve University



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    5 out of 5
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An accurate cell counter with precision & accuracy: easy to use and maintain.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Cell counting while performing mammalian cell culture.

"A simple and accurate cell counter to exactly count mammalian cells in 30 seconds. the countings are precise, reproducible with little or no variations. The counter is able to distinguish between live and dead cells and gives the exact number of viable cells with the help of trypan blue. The equipment involves a multifocal an analysis for cell counting. The equipment could store in its memory up to 100 counts. The software of the counter is PC friendly and to further analyze exported cell images. The equipment gives us high quality results for publications and is very easy to use and maintain. I strongly recommend the equipment to other scientists who consider buying one. I have rated the cell counter 5 stars for the ease of use from all levels, graduate students, post-docs, high school students, undergrads, and volunteers. Similarly, the after sales services by Bio-rad is excellent. We have this equipment for the 4 years and it has never broken down or did not give any trouble so far. The maintenance is very easy."

Review date: 20 Dec 2018 | TC20™ Automated Cell Counter
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  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: Uni of miss



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    5 out of 5
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Great results
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Cell counting

"TC20 cell counter is very useful and easy to use for cells. takes less time to count any type of cells for experiment or cell subculturing."

Review date: 02 Feb 2018 | TC20™ Automated Cell Counter
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    Advanced Reviewer

  • Member since: 2010

  • Organization: Bio-Manguinhos, Fiocruz



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    5 out of 5
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    3 out of 5
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Very good and reproducible results! Very useful!
Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Particle count

"Fast results, ease of use, affordable consumables and no need of extensive trainning."

Review date: 31 Oct 2017 | TC20™ Automated Cell Counter
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  • Member since: 2014

  • Organization: Research Institute of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau



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    5 out of 5
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We couldn't work without it!
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Biobank sample processing

"TC20 cell counter is a very easy to use and accurate equipment. The consumables are worth their cost, that is not expensive anyway. We use the counter for analysing the cell viability and counting of samples processed at our hospital's research institute's biobank. It has eliminated subjectivity in cell counting, basic requisite for quality control of the samples that we make available to the scientific community. It's highly recommended!!"

Review date: 25 May 2017 | TC20™ Automated Cell Counter
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    Advanced Reviewer

  • Member since: 2016

  • Organization: University of Michigan



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    5 out of 5
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    4 out of 5
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Reduces Effort
Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Cell counting

"The machine reduces the effort more than 20 times."

Review date: 27 Jan 2017 | TC20™ Automated Cell Counter
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  • Member since: 2015

  • Organization: Dibit-OSR



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    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Fully satisfied in every assay performed!
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Count cell lines and in particular murine B cells

"I use this product to count many cell lines, in particular murine B cells. I appreciate the precision and reproducibility in the cell number registered. The counter is very easy to use and I find very useful the peaks visualization of live/dead cells. The slides price is too expansive! "

Review date: 30 Jun 2016 | TC20™ Automated Cell Counter
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  • Member since: 2016

  • Organization: Towson University



  • Ease of use
    3 out of 5
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    1 out of 5
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Does not last.
Rating: 1.7

  • Application Area:Cell culture

"I purchased the instrument upon development of a new Cell Biology Laboratory course. At first, I thought it was a great product because it was relatively easy to use & worked well for students in the course. Unfortunately, the unit lasted for just over a year before the electronic board inside it malfunctioned. As infrequently as it was used (probably less than 25 times total), I find that completely unacceptable. My options for repair include a $1655 charge or a $500 service charge just to look at the instrument & give me a quote. Seeing as I am working on a shoestring budget (in a primarily-undergraduate institute), I'm going to have to just shelve the instrument. Overall, purchasing this piece of equipment has been my worst decision in 10 years of running a lab. Severely disappointed. "

Review date: 30 Jun 2016 | TC20™ Automated Cell Counter


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  • Member since: 2011

  • Organization: Marmara University



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Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Cell Counting

"This automated cell counter is user-friendly. "

Review date: 22 Oct 2015 | TC20™ Automated Cell Counter
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  • Member since: 2015

  • Organization: University Hospital Düsseldorf, Institute of Pathology



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    5 out of 5
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Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:counting cells fast and easily

"For a large number of cell lines, the cell counter is perfect. Simple, fast and accurate! Since we have the TC20 our Millipore Scepter is only in the drawer. The Scepter was delicate, expensive and often defective. The TC20 is used all day every day and has never made problems for now about 3 Years!"

Review date: 22 Sep 2015 | TC20™ Automated Cell Counter
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  • Member since: 2010

  • Organization: Bio-Manguinhos, Fiocruz



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    5 out of 5
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    4 out of 5
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    4 out of 5
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Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Immunology

"This cell and particle counter is very easy to use, provides results in a quick and simple way, and is suitable for counting magnetic beads, to be used in immunoassays. Its cost and no need of maintenance makes it an excellent tool for lab workers, especially when compared to traditional cell counters. "

Review date: 16 Jun 2014 | TC20™ Automated Cell Counter
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: UNC School of Pharmacy



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Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Cell Culture

"Automated cell counting makes life so much easier as opposed to manual counting using the hemacytometer. The histogram showing cell size is extremely valuable with certain cell types. Another feature that I like is that it automatically detects whether or not trypan blue is being used and if so, adds in that dilution factor. The slides are on the pricey side but if you buy in bulk the price comes down a lot. "

Review date: 16 Jun 2014 | TC20™ Automated Cell Counter

The TC20 automated cell counter counts mammalian cells in one simple step using its innovative auto-focus technology and sophisticated cell counting algorithm to produce accurate cell counts in less than 30 seconds. Upon insertion of a counting slide, the TC20 cell counter rapidly provides a total cell count (with or without trypan blue staining) and assesses cell viability via trypan blue exclusion.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Compatible with a broad range of cell sizes and types — counts cell lines, primary cells (from tissue or blood), and stem cells
  • Innovative auto-focus technology — removes the variation associated with manual focusing and leads to precise cell counts in 30 seconds
  • Cell size gates — user selects a population of interest in complex samples, such as primary cells, or lets the cell counting algorithm do all the work
  • Cell viability — analyzes cells accurately using multifocal plane analysis
  • Easy to archive and analyze — stores up to 100 counts in the onboard memory for access any time, or use the optional TC20 data analyzer software on your PC to further analyze exported cell images

Getting all the data you need about your cell cultures is fast and easy; the TC20 cell counter and disposable counting slides eliminate the need for tedious setup, cleaning, or maintenance. The TC20 cell counter is simple and intuitive to use — learn to use the TC20 automated cell counter in the introduction video or take a virtual test drive.

Includes the following:

  • TC20 automated cell counter
  • USB flash drive
  • 30 dual-chamber counting slides (60 counts)
  • 1.5 ml trypan blue dye

Product Overview

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TC20™ Automated Cell Counter

Manufacturer Bio-Rad  |  Available Worldwide

4.2 / 5.0 | 14 reviews