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A Comparison of The MVP Pro, Zed-Full & The X Tool

When it comes to Automotive Locksmithing, most new locksmiths will struggle to find out what programming machine is the best choice for them. In this article, I would like to compare MVP Pro, ZedFull and X tool, based on my knowledge and experience in car locksmithing. But, of course, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.


The MVP Pro is the most common key programming tool to be launched by Advanced Diagnostic, offering a low-cost entry to the market. This machine uses electronic tokens which can be easily purchased online. In my opinion, MVP pro can cover 96% of Car brands in the market. However, it doesn’t support EEPROM readings such as Zed-Full and X-Tool. MVP Pro is quite easy to use as it will guide you step-by-step during the car key programming. But, it is worth noting that it doesn’t have a colourful display like Zed-Full or X-Tool. Advanced Diagnostics have announced that they are working on a more advanced, colourful display machine at the moment, and it has already been tested in the USA. If you need to cover most lost key replacement jobs via OBD, then this is the go-to machine for you. Since this machine is sold by LSC (Locksmith Supply Company) Australia, you will receive excellent, friendly customer service from Monday to Friday (8 am to 5 pm during weekdays).

Functionalities (As shown on the AD website):

• Available in Multiple Languages
• Provide Roadside Key & Remote Programming for Cars
• Read & Clear Fault Codes
• Program Proximity & Non – Proximity Keys
• Program Smart Keys
• Program Aftermarket & OEM Keys
• Read Immobilizer Pin-codes From Engine ECU or Body Control Module
• Read Pre-Code from Engine ECU or Body Control Module
• Program Plip Keys
• Clear Key Memory
• Program Aftermarket & OEM Remote Key Fob’s

The MVP Pro

MVP Pro in Acion – Tapsy Locksmith 1

MVP Pro Ford Focus

MVP Pro programming 2006 Ford Focus keys

Zed Full

Zed Full is another trusted automotive locksmithing tool in the market, manufactured by Istanbul Elektronik Anahtar. The Zed-Full is the first “all in one” programming tool for the automotive locksmithing industry. It comes in a large, colourful display. The Zed-full can be used for transponder management, key cloning, EEPROM, OBD key & remote programming, in addition to features such as a key and remote virginising, remote tester, and voltage & continuity tester. Zed-Full is similar to MVP Pro in that it is based on a credit system that you can easily purchase online. Zed Full is very easy to use, thanks to its colourful icons and touch screen with the pen. However, when compared to MVP Pro, Zed Full has some drawbacks. Especially with early Hyundai cars, Zed Full has failed during the programming mode while MVP Pro was the only machine to come to the rescue.

Some new features and software in Zed Full:

• Cloning to many fixed and crypto transponders including id46 & 8C
• Cloning some ID48 for Daewoo, Chevrolet, Hyundai and Kia
• Built-in frequency tester for remote keys
• Remote emulating system for Fiat remotes
• OBD key & remote programming including pin code reading on a huge range of vehicles
• Cloning to the latest carbon CN2 & ZED46 transponders for 4C, 4D and ID46
• Over 250 individual immobiliser EEPROM files covered
• Recycling and unlocking of used remote keys and key cards
• Built-in component security code reading aerial for easy scanning
• Latest coverage of VAG vehicles including UDS systems
• OBD programming on 24v systems including Renault, DAF and Volvo trucks
• Built-in EEPROM programmer with no PC software required
• Pin code reading for Peugeot & Citroen vehicles


ZedFull Tapsy Locksmith

X Tool

The X Tool is a diagnostic tool from China that doesn’t use a credit system such as MVP Pro or Zed Full. This means you will only have one-time buying cost. However, X-tool releases new software updates every now and then that you will have to purchase. X tool is a user-friendly tool with a colourful touch screen. However, it is limited to some car brands and years. For instance, it doesn’t support the early models of Kia Rio. X tool is the perfect tool for Pin reading for Nissan cars. Since X tool doesn’t use any credit, it’s a good idea to use X tool when you start and then move on to MVP Pro and Zed Full.

X Tool EZ500 Features:

• Vehicle coverage for most US, European and Asian vehicle makes
• Easy registration when it’s connected to WIFI
• Easy one-click software update via WIFI
• Diagnosis reports in PDF file
• 8.0-inch multi-touch screen
• On-board battery
• Remote access
• Ability to record and playback live data

X tool programming

X tool programming 2009 Suzuki Swift Keys near Kelvin Grove

In a nutshell, all the above-mentioned machines have their pros and cons. If you’re an amateur automotive locksmith, you can first use the X Tool as it is the most cost-effective option. And once you’ve mastered it, you can then move on to the MVP Pro or Zed Full.