BaySpec Inc. has released its next-generation FirstGuard dispersive multiwavelength handheld Raman analyzers. Features include excitation wavelengths of 532, 785 and 1064 nm; a high-power ~490-mW narrowband laser (on 785- and 1064-m units; ~50 mW on 532 nm); high-throughput volume phase grating technology; optimally cooled detector arrays for low light sensitivity; a rugged package; and single-trigger activation. The analyzers include an integrated vial holder or direct point-and-shoot; a bar-code scanner or a radio-frequency identification technology reader with batch reporting and print functions; an extended long-life 5-h rechargeable battery; and Micro2020 21 CRF Part 11-compliant analysis software. The devices weigh <2.3 kg. Because no contact or sample preparation is needed, materials can be analyzed through plastic bags, blister packs, glass containers and plastic drums.