Review: Why The TOPDON ArtiDiag800BT Is One Of The Best Scanners Money Can Buy?

Whether you’re an advanced DIYer or a professional mechanic, the TOPDON ARTDIAG 800BT in our opinion, is one of the best scanners on the car diagnostics market that money can buy. We’ll take you through our review and list the top 6 reasons why we think it offers the best value for your hard earned cash.

TOP 6 Reasons To Buy The TOPDON ARTIDIAG 800BT

1. Supports ALL Systems Diagnostics

Many people don’t realise not all scanners are created equally when it comes to diagnostics coverage. As a professional mechanic, it’s essential you’re able to access in-depth diagnostics data. The cheaper scanners won’t scan systems beyond the engine, so you won’t be able to diagnose anything beyond basic OBD2 engine and emissions related faults. More advanced scanners, such as the TOPDON ArtiDiag800BT have the ability to perform an in-depth all systems scan, similar to the dealer level tools used at AUDI, VW, SEAT, Skoda, BMW etc dealerships.

The TOPDON ArtiDiag800BT scans all the electronic control units (ECU) / electronic control modules (ECM) such as engine control module (ECM), transmission control module (TCM), Battery management system (BMS), powertrain control module (PCM), central control module (CCM), brake control module (BCM or EBCM), general electronic module (GEM), central timing module (CTM), body control module (BCM), and suspension control module (SCM).

ECM modules also known as Electronic Control Units (ECU) are dotted throughout a car. Types of ECM include Engine Control Module (ECM), Powertrain Control Module (PCM), Transmission Control Module (TCM), Brake Control Module (BCM or EBCM) and Central Control Module (CCM).

These modules perform various functions such as computing the required amount of fuel injected and when to spark the coil in order to start the engine. They collectively work together to form the on-board computer even sharing data via data lines.

2. Supports 28 Maintenance Functions

It’s all good being able to do in-depth scanning but any serious mechanic is going to need to be able to actually work on the car to fix issues and carry out maintenance works. If you’re a professional mechanic, you need a scanner which can offer both all systems diagnostics and maintenance functions, to allow you to carry out maintenance works. Now… we come across many scanners in the car diagnostics industry, from the good, the bad, and the downright ugly! What we find very unusual about the TOPDON ArtiDiag800BT is the large number of maintenance functions which it supports. Not just “supports” but actually comes included with! It’s definitely in with the good but warrants it’s own category, as it really does stand out from the rest with a generous offering of 28 maintenance functions!

Some key functions which are included (support will vary across makes and models):

  • Electronic parking brake retraction (EPB) – to replace the brake pads
  • Oil service reset
  • Battery registration
  • ABS bleeding
  • DPF regeneration
  • Injector coding

You’ve got to watch out for diagnostic tools which claim to offer X number functions “supported” but to use them you have to pay individually. Very quickly, what seemed to be a low initial outlay ends up being very costly!


With the TOPDON ArtiDiag800BT one could be forgiven for thinking the age old adage nothing comes for free is untrue! The all systems diagnostics and 28 maintenance functions come with free updates for life! This is very unusual for a scanner and to our knowledge, it’s the only scanner on the market to provide such a generous offering. What’s more, under the hood, the scanner actually runs LAUNCH software. Now, everyone in the automotive industry will have heard the name LAUNCH and will know that LAUNCH scanners have a reputation for being the top of the cream. That’s one of the reasons why vehicle coverage and support for both the diagnostics and maintenance functions is so good on this scanner.

4. Wireless – No Messy Wires

The TOPDON ArtiDiag800BT comes with a VCI that is packaged in a Bluetooth dongle, an ingenious approach to get rid of those pesky and messy wires!

5. Large Touch Screen With A Vibrant Colour Screen

One thing that immediately strikes you, when using the scanner, is it’s large and responsive touch screen and the vibrant colour screen. This makes the text very legible, making the scanner accessible and very easy to use.

6. Solid Build Quality And Powerful Hardware

When you’re holding the TOPDON ArtiDiag800BT, you know you’re holding a premium tool, it’s got a solid build quality to it. It’s light and the material used on the scanner allows you to grip it firmly.

It also supports some powerful hardware making the scanner quick and responsive:

  • 5.99″ Colour Touch Screen
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB ROM
  • Android Operating System
  • 3100mAh battery

So, there you have it folks! The top 6 reasons why we think you should buy the TOPDON ArtiDiag800BT. We hope you enjoyed reading the blog post and it allows you to make a more informed decision when buying a car diagnostics scanner.

Please don’t hesitate to get in-touch with us if you have any questions or would like any advice. Here are at Albionshire Car Diagnostics, we’re really passionate about car diagnostics and helping people make the right decision, sale or no sale.

That’s all for this week from us but please do check back soon for new candid reviews on the best car diagnostics scanners. We wouldn’t sell something we didn’t believe in.