Spectro Analytical Instruments has introduced Spectro xSort, a next-generation handheld energy-dispersive x-ray fluorescence spectrometer. It comes in a small, lightweight package and offers good analytical performance. Designed for high-throughput elemental testing and spectrochemical analysis of a wide range of metals and other materials in the field, it is fast, accurate and easy to use, according to the company. It is suitable for applications including positive materials identification and environmental screening; recycling of alloys, precious metals and aluminum; and mining and compliance screening. For many jobs, such as materials verification, the instrument delivers analyses in 2 s and, for more complex matrices, such as in environmental screening, it offers low detection limits without the need for complex sample preparation.