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Standalone instrument with touchscreen and built-in sample ports for small volumes and cuvettes

The SpectraMax® QuickDrop™ Micro-Volume Spectrophotometer quantifies very small amounts of DNA, RNA, oligos, and proteins. The small footprint and touchscreen control allows for easy laboratory setup with minimal investment of time, cost, and effort. The built-in micro-volume sample port allows for working with sample volumes as small as 0.5 µL, while the cuvette port expands sample capacity to include larger volumes.

  • Increase sensitivity

    Increase sensitivity

    The SpectraMax QuickDrop has a four-second read time and no moving parts. It maintains an accurate pathlength, providing you with fast and accurate results regardless of viscosity.

  • Easy to use

    Easy to use

    The large, high-resolution touchscreen offers preconfigured analysis methods, easy setup of customized experiments including kinetic assays, and allows you to work in six different languages.

  • Streamline workflows

    Streamline workflows

    The spectrophotometer is maintenance-free and requires no calibration. One-swipe cleaning streamlines your workflow and allows you to quickly move from sample to sample.

SpectraMax QuickDrop Micro-Volume Spectrophotometer

SpectraMax QuickDrop Micro-Volume Spectrophotometer


  • Small footprint

    This stand-alone unit with a small footprint does not require a direct connection to a dedicated computer.

  • Flexible data analysis

    Results can be viewed on the large touchscreen, or data can be exported to a computer for additional analysis using a USB flash drive.

Applications of SpectraMax QuickDrop Micro-Volume Spectrophotometer

  • Absorbance


    Learn all about absorbance detection – how it works, how it’s measured, and how it can be used to calculate concentration. We also provide information on common absorbance applications and assays including ELISAs, nucleic acid and protein quantitation, and microbial growth.

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    DNA/RNA Quantitation

    DNA/RNA Quantitation

    The absorbance of a DNA sample measured at 260 nm on a spectrophotometer or microplate reader can be used to calculate its concentration. Absorbance quantitation works on samples ranging from about 0.25 ug/mL to about 125 ug/mL in a microplate format. Some instrumentation enables the quantitation of very small sample volumes, as little as 2 uL. When greater sensitivity is required, fluorescence methods allow quantitation of as little as a few picograms of DNA.

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  • Fluorescence


    Learn all about fluorescence detection – what it is, how it works, and the instruments used to measure the fluorescence of a sample. We also cover many fluorescence-based assays including cell viability, GPCR activity, and fluorescent nucleic acid quantification.

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    Food/Beverage Testing

    Food/Beverage Testing

    Beer is one of the world’s most popular beverages. The brewing process mainly involves water, a sugar source, flavoring/bittering agents (hops), and brewer’s yeast. Put simply, the brewer creates a nutrient-rich environment for the yeast to metabolize the sugar into alcohol and CO2 and adds secondary elements that influence flavor. Over time, the brewing process has become much more complex. As such, brewers must have excellent quality control processes to ensure a high-quality and consistent taste for all their batches. 

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Specifications & Options of SpectraMax QuickDrop Micro-Volume Spectrophotometer


*Using lowest settings and speed read when available.

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SpectraMax QuickDrop Micro-Volume Spectrophotometer

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