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Wintact WT530 vs. Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer Side-by-Side Comparison

According to our benchmark, between the Wintact WT530 and the Mecurate IRT600A, it’s pretty clear which is the better IR thermometer.

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Wintact WT530 Infrared Thermometer

Wintact WT530 vs. Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer

Overall Verdict

You'll have decent results between the Wintact WT530 and the Mecurate IRT600A. But if you have to choose only one, with more accurate readings in the performance test, the Wintact WT530 will be a more practical choice.

Specifically, the Wintact thermometer receives a total performance score of 8.0 out of 10. Meanwhile, the Mecurate IRT600A — having underperformed in the hot test with cooking oil — only gets a 6.9 out of 10.

Both models did well in the design and usability test portions.

Overall, the Wintact WT530 will make much more sense as the model to pick compared to the Mecurate IRT600A.

Pros & Cons

  • Decently affordable
  • Very good measurement accuracy
  • Various measurement modes are available
  • Lower temperature tolerance than other IR thermometers on the market (±1.5°F)
  • Solid build quality.
  • Has several measurement modes.
  • Practical laser emitter with 13-point patterning.
  • Easy to handle with a clicky, tactile trigger.
  • Bright, colored VA display panel.
  • Comes bundled with a meat thermometer
  • The battery compartment has a very loose lid
  • Unreliable readings. Multiple continuous scans are required before the thermometer “re-calibrates” itself and output more accurate results.

Key Specs

Dimensions
L3.14 x W1.65 x H6.3 inches
L3.75 x W1.75 x H5.5 inches
Weight
4.3 ounces
5 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD panel
Colored LCD VA panel
Measurement modes
4
3 (EMS, Average, Max)
Audio cues
Yes
Yes
Temperature range
-58°F to 986°F (-50°C to 530°C)
-58 to 1,122°F (-50 to 600°C)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$17.31
$25.61

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.0
6.9

Cold Test with Ice

8.6
8.6
Wintact Infrared Thermometer Cold Test
The Wintact WT530, from 12 inches away, displays a temperature of 32.3°F on the screen.
The Wintact WT530, from 16 inches away, displays a temperature of 33.4°F on the screen.
Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer Cold Test with Ice Video
The Mecurate IRT600A is being used by a reviewer to measure the surface temperature of an ice bath. The display shows 30.7°F.
A reviewer using the Mecurate IR600A to measure the surface temperature of an ice water bath. The screen displays 32°F.
Ice Temperature
32°F
32°F
Temperature at 12”
32.3°F
30.7°F
Temperature at 16”
33.4°F
32°F

Hot Test with Cooking Oil

7.7
5.8
Wintact Infrared Thermometer Hot Test
The Wintact WT530, from 12 inches away, displays a temperature of 369.2°F on the screen.
The Wintact WT530, from 16 inches away, displays a temperature of 362.1°F on the screen.
Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer Hot Test with Cooking Oil Video
The Mecurate IRT600A is used to scan the temperature of boiling oil in a pan from 12 inches away. The screen reads 373°F.
The Mecurate IRT600A is used to scan the temperature of boiling oil in a pan from 16 inches away. The screen reads 365°F.
Oil Temperature
361°F
361°F
Temperature at 12”
369.2°F
373°F
Temperature at 16”
362.1°F
365°F

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.6
9.5

In the Box

The Wintact WT530 IR thermometer is lying on its side in the center of the frame. The printed cardboard shipping box is to the left, and the batteries and the user manual are to the right.
The content of the Mecurate IRT600A’s shipping box, which includes the IR thermometer, a meat probe, batteries, and paperworks.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer. The length is 3.14 inches, the width is 1.65 inches, and the height is 6.3 inches.
The dimensions of the Mecurate IRT600A. The height is 5.5 inches, the length is 3.75 inches, and the width is 1.75 inches.
Weight
4.4 oz (124 g)
5.0 oz (142 g)
Length
3.1" (8.0 cm)
3.8" (9.5 cm)
Width
1.6" (4.2 cm)
1.8" (4.4 cm)
Height
6.3" (16.0 cm)
5.5" (14.0 cm)

Build Quality

7.5
9.0
Wintact Infrared Thermometer Build Quality Video
The Wintact WT530 IR thermometer is lying on its side on a dark grey concrete table top.
Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer Build Quality Video
The side profile of the Mecurate IRT600A. The thermometer is lying on a dark grey concrete table.
The front profile of the Mecurate IRT600A while it’s lying on a dark grey concrete table.

Laser Emitter

9.0
10
The red dot from the laser emitter of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The red dot from the laser emitter of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The laser emitter and the IR sensor of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer.
The Mecurate IRT600A laser dot pattern in a dark room.
The Mecurate IRT600A laser dot pattern in a dark room.
The Mecurate IRT600A is scanning the temperature of the top of its shipping box, showcasing the 13-dot laser emitter.
The large infrared sensor and the active laser emitter on the Mecurate IRT600A IR thermometer. The laser emitter is lit up.
Laser Pattern
Single-dot
13-point
Brightness
Good
Good

Display Panel

6.5
10
The Wintact WT530 IR thermometer’s display with the backlight on (left) and the backlight off (right). The screen currently displays 79.3°F.
The Wintact WT530’s display with the backlight on (left) and the backlight off (right.)
The colored VA-type display panel at the back of the Mecurate IRT600A IR thermometer. The screen is showing 28°C.
The colored VA display panel of the Mecurate IRT600A displays data very clearly and vividly.
Display Type
Backlit LCD Panel
Colored LCD VA
Backlight
Yes
Yes
Display Size
1.18-inch
1.3

Battery Compartment

The red dot from the laser emitter of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The red dot from the laser emitter of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The laser emitter and the IR sensor of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer.
The internal battery compartment of the Mecurate IRT600A thermometer. Two AAA batteries are already in place.
The battery compartment of the Mecurate IRT600A, with the batteries in place.
Battery Type
AAA
AAA

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.1
7.9

Handling

8.0
9.0
The Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in the black-gloved hand of a reviewer and a finger on the red trigger of the IR thermometer.
The Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in the black-gloved hand of a reviewer and a finger on the red trigger of the IR thermometer.
A close-up view of the indents on the handle of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer.
The Mecurate IRT600A is being tested by a reviewer. The IR thermometer measures the surface temperature of a dark grey table.
The Mecurate IRT600A is being tested by a reviewer. The IR thermometer measures the surface temperature of a dark grey table.
A close-up shot of the textured portion of the back of the Mecurate IR thermometer’s handle.
A close-up shot of the indents at the front of the Mecurate IR thermometer’s handle.

Measurement Modes

8.0
6.0
Emissivity
0.8 & 0.95
0.10-1.00
Average Mode
No
No
Min Mode
Yes
Yes
Max Mode
Yes
Yes
Calibration
Yes
No
Alarm Mode
No
No

Audio Cues

8.5
8.0

Behind the Comparison

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