Works reliably, picking up barcodes quickly. Integrates well with a number of different scanner apps, and pairs quickly with tablets. Simple to configure for database entries. Battery charges quickly.
Instructions are sparse, leaving the user to figure out many of the scanner’s functions. Light or faded barcodes are not picked up right away by the scanner.
Super-fast setup, interfacing instantly with Excel. Automatic scan feature is a nice plus. Lightweight and easy to use.
Assembling the scanner stand is a little awkward. Parameter-setting barcodes have little explanation as to their purpose. Has trouble scanning barcodes on curved surfaces.
Pairs almost seamlessly with most devices, including Macs. Lightweight but sturdy, holding up to frequent use.
Finding the right distance and angle to scan can be tricky. Doesn’t pick up small-sized bar codes, glossy bar code labels, or colored codes very well. Data cable can fail after several weeks of heavy use.
Scans barcodes reliably, including problematic labels such as on curved surfaces. Comes with preset configurations for common scanning needs. Connects seamlessly to PCs, either wirelessly or via its USB charging and data cable. Offline scanning stores codes well.
Instruction sheet does not include all the scanner’s available programming barcodes. Many units stop working after just a few months of use, or batteries stop holding a charge.
Easy to set up and use, even for first-timers. Battery holds a charge well. Responsive customer service. Bluetooth pairs seamlessly with most devices, including iPads. Offline mode stores and transfers barcodes easily.
Sleep mode is annoying, disconnecting Bluetooth each time, and instructions to remove aren’t clear. Scanning smaller or different-color barcodes is problematic. Unit can fail after a few months of use.
Barcode scanners are a retail must-have. And – believe it or not – there are a myriad of models on the market to choose from when it comes to these devices. Deciding on the best barcode scanner for you depends on several factors. First, decide how much you’re looking to spend on your scanner, as they come at all different price points, from those more affordable to those that are designated as more of a “splurge”. You’ll also want to decide if you’re in the market for a wireless scanner that’s more mobile or one that has a cord and is, thus, more stationary.
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