The MET-U1A is a handheld hardness tester for use on small, large, flat, round, thin or thick workpieces. The IP66 dust/waterproof unit is capable of testing softer metals such as copper and brass as well as hard metals and alloys while adhering to the ASTM A1038-05 guidelines for portable hardness testing using UCI method. The nondestructive feature allows accurate testing on delicate or finely finished surfaces without damage to the part. The gage can convert and be calibrated to hardness scales such as HRC, HRB, HRN, HRT, HB and HV. The device outputs to a PC via USB interface.