The Smart Alternative to Tabletop SEMs

The decision to purchase a tabletop-type scanning electron microscope (also known as desktop SEM or benchtop SEM) is often justified by these advantages:

  • Easy to use for non-expert users
  • Short time to result and high throughput
  • Small footprint in the laboratory
  • Lower costs compared to conventional SEMs

But it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the supposed advantages of tabletop solutions come at the price of a significant restriction in functionality, analytical options and data quality.

Combine the advantages of tabletop and full-size SEM

If you are about to invest in a tabletop scanning electron microscope, first look at ZEISS EVO 10 SEM. EVO 10 offers the functionality of a conventional SEM while also providing the speed and ease of use commonly associated with tabletop solutions—all at a very attractive price.

EVO 10 is easy to use even for non-microscopists
SmartSEM Touch UI puts interactive workflow control directly at your fingertips. It is quick and easy to learn, dramatically reducing training effort and costs. Within minutes, even new users will begin capturing stunning images. EVO 10 also supports industrial operators who require automated workflows for repeatable inspection tasks.

EVO 10 leads quickly and efficiently to the result
EVO needs only about 1 minute to vent the vacuum chamber, so you can exchange samples and resume imaging within a very short time. Additionally, automation functions for unattended operation let you make the most of your valuable laboratory time.

EVO 10 can also be used in small laboratories
The space requirement for EVO is only slightly greater than that of tabletop solutions. To determine the space actually required, you also must consider the size of the operator workstation, which on EVO can be adjusted individually, so that even smaller laboratories do not have to do without the power of a full-featured SEM.

EVO 10 provides a superior price-performance ratio
Would it surprise you to know that the EVO 10 is price competitive with tabletop SEM? And, ROI with EVO is reached much earlier because it offers greater versatility. Attractive financing models, like CPOI (Customer Pre- Owned Instruments) also enable you to tailor a SEM solution to meet your immediate – and future – requirements.

Outstanding performance and quality features

The superior price–performance ratio of EVO 10 becomes particularly clear when compared to the limited possibilities of a tabletop system:

  ZEISS EVO 10 Tabletop systems

Large chamber
Examine large samples or multiple samples to increase efficiency.

5-axis motorized stage
View samples from different angles – up to 90° tilt – without time-consuming rearrangement.

Better navigation
Identify regions of interest faster. Low magnification (5x) overview imaging make navigation easier.

Higher resolution
Examine your samples in detail down to the range of a few nanometers.

Additional detectors
Run advanced analysis with additional detectors to characterize your samples more comprehensively.

Lowest acceleration voltage of 200 V
Investigate non-conductive samples without the need for coating or other preparation methods.

Extendable system
Expand your system to add new capabilities, like automated particle analysis or analysis of hydrated samples.

Correlative microscopy
Integrate EVO into multimodal workflows with light or X-ray microscopes and benefit from more meaningful data.

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The EVO Family

Vacuum Chamber Size Options







Choose EVO 10—with optional backscatter detector and Element EDS system—to be your entry point to scanning electron microscopy, at a remarkably affordable price. Even this smallest of EVO vacuum chambers is well differentiated from tabletop SEMs. Your investment in EVO now assures that you are ready for applications that require more space and ports than you anticipate today.

EVO 15 demonstrates the flexibility concept of the EVO family and excels in analytical applications. Opt for the larger vacuum chamber of the EVO 15, and add variable pressure for imaging and analysis of non-conductive samples or parts, and you have a versatile, multi-purpose solution for central microscopy facilities or industrial quality assurance laboratories.

EVO 25 is the industrial workhorse solution with enough space to accommodate even the largest parts and assemblies. Expand EVO 25 capabilities further with an optional 80 mm Z travel stage that can handle weights up to 2 kg even with tilt. Additionally, the large chamber will accommodate multiple analytical detectors for the most demanding microanalysis applications.

Maximum specimen heights

100 mm

145 mm

210 mm

Maximum specimen diameter

230 mm

250 mm

300 mm

Motorized stage travel XYZ

80 x 100 x 35 mm

125 x 125 x 50 mm

130 x 130 x 50 (or 80) mm

High Vacuum (HV) mode
Best quality imaging and analysis on conductive samples


Variable Pressure (VP) mode
High quality imaging and analysis on uncoated, non-conductive samples


Extended Pressure (EP) mode
Environmental imaging of hydrated or contaminated samples in their natural state