Creator c500 Review

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Review of: Creator c500

Product Type:​ handheld unit

Reviewed by: Alex Meyer

Quality of Build

Small but sturdy with the screen and navigation being the focal points

Value For Money

Offers decent functionality at an upper-mid price range

Ease of Use

Simple user interface and 2.8” screen for easy reading. Translation errors in user manual from Chinese

What We Like

  • Works with a wide range of vehicles
  • Freeze frames engine status for diagnosis
  • Scans and clears CELs in real time with live data stream

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn’t support ABS or SRS scans/clears
  • Awkward price point for the functionality

When it comes to diagnosing and repairing cars, not all engine and other diagnostic codes are equal. Some brands have unique manufacturer codes that require a specific tool to read and translate them. Even worse – some of these tools won’t even work for the rest of your family’s cars.

If you need a specialty diagnostic scanner for your BMW or MINI but want to be able to check other cars as well, you want a versatile scanner like the Creator c500.

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Product Overview

Despite not following it numerically, the c500 is an upgrade to the c110 from Creator with an emphasis on making it a more versatile choice for BMW & MINI owners who have more than 1 vehicle in their garage.

The device works with most BMW/MINI vehicles manufactured from 2000-2016 as well as just about any ODBII-compliant car or truck that has an ODBII port available. Its 2.8” screen makes it easier to read than its predecessor and the simple user interface carries over into a compact handheld diagnostic scanner that doesn’t limit you to just your BMW or MINI.

Using the simple button setup, you can easily navigate the interface to find out the model number, VIN, and more with just a few presses. You can also scan the engine just as easily to make sure the engine is up and running smoothly.

Who is This Product For?

The upgrade to the integration of the c500 from the c110 makes it much more viable for scanning your car’s engine. While the price jumps to a DIYer range from the starter range, it can also likely support the whole family’s (and even some neighbors’) cars, making it a good choice for anyone maintaining multiple car brands.

However, its functionality is limited to simply engine scans and clearing, so it isn’t comprehensive enough to be used by shops or serious DIYers who want the most information possible.

What’s Included

The c500 can be updated online through Creator’s website, so they include a micro SD and USB that allows it to connect to your PC to update the software. The package will also include a carrying case that will keep your device safe and dry in the garage when not in use as well as a user manual to get you started.

Overview of Features

The c500 takes a step up from the c110’s limited integration and supports just about all BMW/MINI-brand vehicles from 2001-2016 as well as most ODBII compliant vehicles. It is able to scan engines, diagnose problems, and clear them to get rid of pesky “check engine” lights on your dashboard. It also uses live data display streaming to constantly check for errors. This way you don’t have to rescan after completing a potential fix, it’ll simply let you know right then and there.

The c500 can also freeze frame your engine’s status when something goes wrong, saving you from having to recreate the error when diagnosing it.

The c500 scanner from Creator is a simple, compact, and versatile diagnostic tool. The device is small enough to be used with just one hand, and its bright 2.8” screen and simple navigation makes it easy for most users to find the information they’re seeking. It’s also built to be dependable, and with the ability to update it online it should be able to last for the life of your car.

Where it lacks features is the absence of support for additional systems in your vehicle. There is no ABS, SRS, battery, or other system support through this model, making it less functional than advanced users would like.

Conclusion

The c500 is definitely a step up from the c110 (with a price jump to boot). It improves on the lack of integration and versatility that the c110 suffered from, expanding to include ODBII-compliant vehicles in addition to its BMW/MINI support for scanning, diagnosing, and clearing errors in your car or truck’s engine.

Along the way, it also upgraded the screen to make it even easier to read the live data streams and kept the simple user interface and design, making it a breeze to use.

The Creator c500 would be a solid addition for anyone with multiple cars that includes a BMW or MINI thanks to its OBDII support. However, it doesn’t have the advanced functionality shops or hardcore DIYers would want so it’s ideal for casual DIYers or those just wanting to clear CELs.

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