These two electronic key cutting machines have a lot in common but there are some fundamental differences that set them apart.
Here, we are going to do a comparison of the two key cutting machine to help you make an informed decision and choose which of the two will be best suited for you and your business’s needs.
Firstly, let’s have a look at the main features and benefits before comparing some of them in more detail.
Electronic key cutting machines for the automotive market
As you can see from the table above, the main element that these two machines have in common is their core functionality: they are both electronic key machines specifically designed to cut all type of flat and laser automotive key blanks.
A database with accurate and detailed parameters of the most popular vehicle keys on the market also allows you to help your customers when they have lost all their keys.
For example, you can cut a key by code or search the database to select the correct key blank and vehicle manufacturer before entering the cuts.
The Condor Mini Plus is a stand-alone key machine operated via a built-in touchscreen, while the Dolphin is controlled via Bluetooth using the free Xhorse app for IOs and Android.
That means you will need an internet connection at all time to use the Dolphin so that you may not be able to cut a key in an area with a poor signal like an underground car park or a rural road.
On the other hand, you will be able to use the Condor Mini Plus offline allowing you to cut a key without worrying about your internet connection.
Thanks to our long-standing relationship with Xhorse, we have had the chance to put both machines through their paces and we were positively impressed by the overall reliability and sturdiness of the two machines and their components.
They come with the same jaws, cutters and tracers and present one noticeable difference: The Condor Mini Plus has a full aluminium body while the Dolphin has some plastic elements in the upper body which may make it more subject to wear and tear.
That’s why you should probably opt for the Condor Mini Plus if you are going to cut a high volume of keys per day. Additionally, the Xhorse Dolphin doesn’t have a full protective shield so that the front area of the machine will quickly become a bit messy with metal shavings requiring frequent cleaning.
If portability is important when choosing your next automotive key cutting machine, the Dolphin has the upper hand. Both machines are light and portable but the Dolphin weights three kg less than the Condor Mini Plus and it’s also equipped with an ergonomic handle that makes it extremely easy to carry for emergency calls and roadside jobs.
You have to keep the Condor mini Plus plugged into a power source to use it. On the contrary, the Xhorse Dolphin has a built-in lithium battery that can be fully charged in about three hours and allows you to cut around 20/30 keys before you have to charge it again.
This feature, coupled with the feather-like weight and the ergonomic handle, makes the Dolphin super portable and ideal for van use or on-site emergency jobs where you don’t have access to a power source.
Another big factor that I am sure you will consider is price. In this section of our website, we don’t show the prices of our products so if you are interested in knowing the price of the two machines, please visit the product pages of the key cutting machines:
Condor Mini Plus:
Who’s the Xhorse Condor Mini Plus best suited for?
- Key cutters, locksmiths and auto locksmiths who are going to cut a high volume of automotive key blanks.
- Key cutters and locksmiths who want to get into the automotive market.
Who’s the Xhorse Dolphin best suited for?
- Key cutters, locksmiths and auto locksmiths who cut a small number of automotive key blanks per day.
- Key cutters, locksmiths and auto locksmiths who need a back-up machine for their van.