The G:BOX Chemi XRQ gel doc system is the replacement for the G:BOX Chemi XR5. The new XRQ features a next generation CCD camera which has higher quantum efficiency (QE) and with lower noise levels, makes this system the perfect choice for extended fluorescence applications and chemiluminescent Western blots. Like all Syngene systems, it is powered by the groundbreaking GeneSys automatic control software. GeneSys now has an improved interface making rapid image capture even easier, along with a unique user protocol feature enabling one-click selection of commonly used methods.
The G:BOX Chemi XRQ features 4 million pixel imaging utilising one of Syngene's brand new CCD cameras. As with all Syngene Chemi systems, cameras are cooled to provide virtually noise free images with perfect backgrounds. Whether using the system for standard fluorescence applications such as DNA, or for chemiluminescence imaging, the G:BOX Chemi XRQ will give you high quality results.
The stylish design with modular construction includes motor-driven lenses and filter wheels with the option of including a range of lighting choices for both Epi and transillumination applications.
Access your images anywhere, at any time and from any computer, smartphone and tablet using the new 'Status Link' feature which is ideal for any busy laboratory.
The system comes complete with unlimited copies of GeneTools analysis software.
Applications & Benefits
With the new GeneSys control software the user simply has to tell the G:BOX Chemi XRQ the sample type and dye and leave the rest to the automated capture system. Images are produced quickly with the minimum of effort. No other system on the market offers this level of control.
The new 4m pixel system with high quantum efficiency offers greater sensitivity. The addition of cooling enables longer exposures to be used which can be a necessity for some fluorescence applications and definitely for chemiluminescence.
The new design of G:BOX Chemi XRQ enables the user to use a range of options. This includes the latest LED fluorescence lighting modules for Epi illumination, providing the user with the ability to perform coloured fluorescent, multiplex and colorimetric imaging.
GBOX-CHEMI-XRQ Gel Documentation System Darkroom with camera, zoom lens, filter wheel, LED gantry rack. Installed UV filter (UV06) and epi LED white light. With GeneSys and GeneTools Software . No transilluminator, edge lighting unit, white light converter or viewing platform supplied.
Camera 4.0MP imaging 16bit camera with 73% QE @425nm, cooled -57C Lenses Motor driven zoom 12.5 - 75mm f1.2 lens with feed back Image SizeMax. 30.5 x 23cm / Min. 5.5 x 4cm
7 position motor driven filter wheel
572 - 625nm / UV06 / Included
515 - 599 nm / SW032
615 - 644 nm / LW032
670 - 780 nm / FRLP
516 - 539 nm / FILT525 / Multiplex
782-900nm / IR780
800nm / Licor Multiplexing
556-579nm / FILT565
580-590nm / FILT585
590-607nm / FILT605
594-610nm / FILT605M / Multiplexing
600-640nm / FILT620
633-675nm / FILT655
697-717nm / FILT705
700-720nm / FILT705M / Multiplexing
Overhead White Light
Included in every G:BOX is an integral white LED EPI lighting system for the viewing of visible light blots, sample positioning and when imaging colorimetric markers on Western blots.
20 x 14 cm Fold down white light pad with brackets
Overhead EPI UV Light
When overhead EPI UV is required two UV modules can be fitted on either side of the darkroom.
2 x UV module - with 302nm tubes
2 x UV module - with 365nm tubes
2 x UV module - with 254nm tubes
2 x UV module - with 302nm & 365nm tube
2 x UV module - with 254nm & 365nm tube
2 x UV module - with 254nm & 302nm tube
Overhead EPI Modules
When overhead EPI modules are required, up to 4 cubes can be fitted on either side of the darkroom. Each module includes plug that fits into socket on white light module
LED Blue, Peak wavelength 465nm Filter type cut off
LED Blue [M], Peak wavelength 465nm Filter type Band pass for multiplexing
LED Green, Peak Wavelength 520nm Filter type Cut off
LED Green [M], Peak Wavelength 520nm Filter type Band pass for multiplexing
LED Red, Peak wavelength 635nm Filter type Cut off
LED Red [M], Peak wavelength 635nm Filter type band pass for multiplexing
LED NEAR IR, Peak wavelength 740nm Filter type cut off
LED NEAR IR [M], Peak wavelength 740nm Filter type Band pass for multiplexing
No Transilluminator or White Light Converter supplied. Please select from list below:
Any printer with appropriate Windows drivers can be attached to the GeneGnome. We recommend a thermal A6 printer such as Sony or Mitsubishi. These USB printers will 'plug and play' with the GeneGnome and require minimal setup. They will print hard copies of blots in under 5 seconds on long life glossy thermal paper to give photographic quality images.
Mitsubishi Digital Thermal Printer
Thermal paper, Matt, 1 roll
Thermal paper, Glossy, 1 roll
IQ / OQ Validation
For validation of GBOX systems. Includes validation kit. Must be ordered at same time as unit to which it refers.
IQOQ - GEL
For validation of GBOX systems. Includes validation kit. Must be ordered at same time as unit to which it refers
PQ - GEL
G:BOX Chemi XRQ
Image resolution (pixels m)
Effective resolution (pixels m)
Quantum efficiency @ 425nm
Cooling - regulated (degrees)
Lens (motor driven)
f1.2 with feed back
Filter wheel (7 position motor driven)
Use with external PC
Extended with motor driven stage
Epi LED white lights
Epi UV 302nm
Epi red LED module
Epi blue LED module
Epi green LED module
Epi red LED module M series for multiplexing
Epi green LED module M series for multiplexing
Epi blue LED module M series for multiplexing
Epi IR LED module
IR multiplexing kit (680-800nm)
Visible light converter 33 x 31cm
White light pad for visible stains (20 x 14cm)
UltraBright LED blue light transilluminator 20 x 16cm
Edge lighting unit 26.5 x 20cm
Max image area (cm)
30.5 x 22.7
Min image area (cm)
5.5 x 4
W x H x D (cm)
57 x 84 x 45
115V - 240V
Jack Gros, Molecular Research Scientist Agrico Research BV, The Netherlands
We breed new potato varieties for use all over the world. In 2013, we installed a G:BOX image analyser because we need to have digital images of gels of our potato DNA fingerprints. This makes it easier for us to trace the origins of varieties and to have an audit trail for each new one we develop. We chose the G:BOX because it can accommodate our oversized gels and easily image them; with other systems we looked at we had to chop our gel into two pieces to image it and then stick the images together, which is too time consuming.
We also like the fact that Syngene has developed the software and hardware for the G:BOX and we can have direct contact with their experts to discuss what we want to do. The support we had from Syngene's team has been very good and we're very happy with our G:BOX system because it has made this part of the task of trying to identify unknown potato varieties much simpler.
Manager Allergens & Authenticity Department, Analytical Testing Company, UK
We test both raw and processed foods and fish using PCR and PCR-RFLP analysis to determine whether they contain other species of fish or meat than the labels state. Because we are running and staining many gels we prefer to use non-toxic SYBR Safe stain so we need a system that can detect DNA stained with this dye at the nanogram level to ensure our tests are sensitive enough. This is why we installed the G:BOX EF in 2008 because it is capable of doing just that.
The G:BOX EF can detect 20ng of SYBR Safe stained DNA to give us the answers we need to help safeguard the public. I have found the G:BOX EF is very easy to work with because the software guides you through everything you need to do. Even when we had a technical problem, the service we received from Syngene was excellent and we were up and running again in no time, which is very important in a quality testing environment.
Dr. Cynthia Lampert Moore, Laboratory Manager Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
We had our GeneGenius upgraded to a G:BOX more than two years ago by Syngene's excellent support team. They were very knowledgeable and were able to talk us through any technical questions we had. The G:BOX is now very heavily used all day, every day for analysing DNA and protein gels and we print over 500 gel images every month. In short, the G:BOX is a gel imaging workhorse that works!
Dr. David Mincher, Reader in Experimental Chemotherapy Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland
We originally installed a GeneGenius system in 1999 and Syngene upgraded this for us to a G:BOX a couple of years ago. This G:BOX is very heavily used and last year we needed another one to cope with the demand. Since our first G:BOX has been very reliable and the support we have had from Syngene has been so fantastic, we had no hesitation in installing a G:BOX chemiluminescence imager as our next system.
Both G:BOX systems are very versatile and we use them in research to image standard DNA gels, gelatin zymograms and autoradiograms and even our final year students find them very easy to use. I would recommend the G:BOX systems to anyone wanting a great image analyser for their molecular biology research.
Dr. Clare Gallon, Research Associate Imperial College London, London, UK
Our G:BOX Chem HR16 has been fantastic. The system is in constant use for analysing both gels and Western blots and does at least 10 runs every day. We have been so impressed with our Syngene image analyser and the excellent technical support team's can do attitude that we are looking to purchase another Syngene G:BOX specifically for proteomics.
Mrs Charlotte Jones, Laboratory Manager Institute of Biological Environmental & Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Wales
We work on ways of producing clover that can grow and retain their nutrients in more difficult conditions to maintain pastures of these important crops. To analyse specific genes from the new varieties we breed, we needed to visualise small amounts of DNA and RNA stained with GelRed, a stain that is safer, yet not as sensitive as Ethidium Bromide so we had to have an image analyser that could detect this dye. We had used a Syngene system before, which was very reliable and this is why we reviewed a G:BOX EF alongside other imagers for this application.
We installed our G:BOX EF image analyser in 2009 and have found the system is easy to set up and use and the camera can easily detect the GelRed band images. When we had questions about more advanced procedures on the G:BOX EF system, we found the technical services people at Syngene very easy to talk to and they quickly helped us do everything we wanted to. In short, the G:BOX EF system has proved to be perfect for us to perform safe, sensitive DNA and RNA analysis.
Laboratory Technician Major European University
We're using rabbit and mouse models to study the effects of glucose in metabolic diseases. To do this, we often have to analyse large protein gels and blots and leave our chemiluminescent Westerns developing for a long time with film to get good results.
To get away from using film, we reviewed three image analysers and in 2014 chose the G:BOX Chemi XRQ because the system can easily image large gels and blots and the GeneSys software makes it simple to set up. Also the system's binning feature gives us incredible sensitivity so for price and performance, the G:BOX Chemi XRQ is the clear winner.
Dr. Krystyna Cwiklinski, Research Associate School of Veterinary Science, The University of Liverpool, UK
We have been using our G:BOX EF since 2009 to routinely detect PCR products derived from parasitic red worms that infect horses. We chose the G:BOX EF because we can use it to visualise DNA stained with SYBR® Safe using blue light, which means it is much safer for us than using toxic stains and UV light.
We easily set up our G:BOX EF straight from the box and so far we have found the system easy to navigate around. Even our students can use the G:BOX EF with minimal supervision. The G:BOX EF can detect small amounts of sometimes low intensity PCR product very well so is ideal for our research.
Dr. Lisa Caproni, Research Scientist Touchlight Genetics, Leatherhead, UK
We are a start-up biotech developing new technology in the fast developing DNA therapeutics field. As a small business we need to work quickly and efficiently and rely on equipment that is simple to operate and delivers what we want with high precision. In this respect, G:BOX EF meets all our needs.
Even though we have only had the G:BOX EF for a very short time, it is now being used to routinely analyse all our DNA and protein gels and its ?point and shoot capability has saved us countless hours. I have worked with several other gel doc systems and I can honestly say the G:BOX EF is one of the best I have used.
Post-doctoral researcher UK University
Our department is involved in many projects which involve seeing how cells react to different protein or chemical inputs by looking at protein expression. To do this, we run a large number of 1D and 2D protein gels so we need an easy to use imaging system. We installed the G:BOX in 2008 and so far the system can do everything we need from excellent visualisation right through to accurate quantification of even complex 2D gels.
The G:BOX is great to work with as you don't need a manual and an hour to get up and running. You can just click to get the G:BOX ready and we like that because the system is heavily used by scientists all analysing different types of gels and blots, which means they can leave it set up for almost anything. Yet you can come along and within minutes you can see what you want and if you do have technical questions, staff at Syngene always respond very quickly, so overall we're really happy with our G:BOX.