Since its first commercial use in 1974, the barcode scanner has proven invaluable in speeding and automating workflow for retail, healthcare, industrial and municipal applications. A scanner converts barcodes into the alphanumerical data they represent, which can be referenced against data lists. In retail, they are used when receiving stock, tracking the location on the sales floor (when used with inventory management software), counting inventory, and ringing up sales, eliminating human data entry errors.
Barcode Scanner Categories
Medium Volume Retail Barcode Scanners
High Volume Retail Barcode Scanners
High Volume Barcode 2D Imagers
Low Volume Retail Barcode Scanners
1D Cordless Barcode Scanners
2D Cordless Barcode Imagers
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Additional Information on Barcode Scanner
We have split our barcode scanner offering into convenient subcategories, which are described below. Please feel free to contact us via chat, email or at 1-800-903-6571 if you'd like more information.
Low Volume Retail Scanners
Low volume barcode scanners sacrifice some performance to give you a more affordable solution. Built for boutiques or retailers who may only scan a handful of barcodes a day, these scanners offer handheld or presentation scanning using a stand.
Suggested Low Volume Retail Barcode Scanners:
- POS-X VLine – Low Price
- POS-X EVO-BS1 – 3 Year Warranty
- ID Tech EconoScan II Contact Scanner – Low Price
Medium Volume Retail Scanners
Medium volume barcode scanners offer increased performance capabilities and greater configurability, making them a great fit for larger retail environments, healthcare applications, and even light industrial use. Generally these scanners are more durable, able to handle rough retail use and abuse.
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High Volume Retail Scanners
Ideal for large scale retailers or inventory management applications, high volume retail scanners offer the best performance of handheld barcode scanners. Often these scanners can read barcodes from a greater range than lower cost alternatives. Reinforced designs extend the lifespan of the products, and some scanners are even sealed against dust and water damage.
Suggested High Volume Retail Barcode Scanners:
- Honeywell Hyperion 1300g Linear Imager – Low Price
- Symbol LS4208 Laser Scanner
- Honeywell Voyager 1400g Imager
High Volume Barcode 2D Imagers
2D Imagers capture an image of the barcode and use image processing technology to decode the data. This allows images to be captured and stored for security or tracking purposes and, depending on the model, allows users to scan barcodes from smart phone screens. These scanners can also provide additional data manipulation, parsing the data from driver's license barcodes for instance. When entering customer data for health care forms or credit card applications, this eliminates data entry errors and speeds the process tremendously.
Suggested High Volume Barcode 2D Imagers:
Cordless Barcode Scanners
Cordless scanners give you increased mobility and range that a standard cabled scanner just can't provide. Connections are maintained using RF or Bluetooth technology to a base station plugged into your computer. Bluetooth scanners provide the additional functionality of connecting directly to Bluetooth-equipped devices, such as smartphones, tablets, or laptop computers, giving advanced barcode scanning on the go.
Suggested Cordless Barcode Scanners:
- Motorola LI4278 – 300 Foot Range
- DataLogic QuickScan Mobile – 40 Foot Range
- Honeywell Voyager 1202g - 33 Foot Range
Ideal for low volume scanning, such as libraries, small office or personal inventory management, contact scanners are some of the most affordable on the market. These scanners require you to press the scanning window against the barcode and are generally not as quick as higher performance retail scanners. They're also available in a wand form factor, where you have to drag the scanner across the barcode to get a read.
Suggested Contact Barcode Scanners:
POSGuys carries a wide selection of barcode scanning options, if you're not sure which one is right for your application call our sales staff for further information at 1-800-903-6571 or chat live now.