Scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) are a popular analytical tool due to their high spatial resolution, large depth of field, and analytical capabilities. However, in many cases, the large-scale installation and cost of SEMs can be a barrier to entry for smaller laboratories or facilities. The introduction of a more compact benchtop SEM has changed the landscape, enabling scientists in many fields to adopt the technology and revolutionize research. Benchtop SEMs can be used in a variety of industries including materials science, pharmaceutical research, energy exploration, science education, and academia. These industries require analysis at the nanoscale for quality control, failure analysis, and R&D, for all of which the benchtop SEM is perfectly positioned to provide necessary detail. These advantages and new developments in the technology have made the benchtop SEM a widely available and well-accepted tool.