How to Buy Barcode Scanners

Are you wondering how to determine what kind of barcode scanner that you need? You can do that easily; it takes a few considerations.


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    Determine what kind of barcode you are going to scan. If it's ONLY UPC codes or product codes a single line laser scanner, linear imager, or contact scanner would work. If you will be scanning mobile coupons off cell phones you will need an imager that has "screen read" capabilities. If you will be scanning QR codes or PDF417 driver's license barcodes you will need a 2D imager barcode scanner.
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    If your barcodes will not be on a flat surface such as a pipe you will want a wand scanner.
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    Determine the environment you will be scanning in. Laser scanners are accurate but do not work outside. 2D imager scanners allow you to scan barcodes from any angle making them great for fast pace checkout. Imagers with no moving parts tend to be more durable then laser scanners. Industrial scanners are made to be in harsh environments where they may be dropped or operate in very cold or very hot temperatures
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    Determine how far away from the computer you will need to capture barcodes from. Most USB cables are around 6 feet (1.8 m) and the scan range of a standard scanner is two to 24 inches (61.0 cm). If you need more range then that consider a bluetooth wireless version of the scanner.
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    Determine if you will want to hold the scanner in your hand or would rather take the barcode and item to the scanner hands free. If you want to be hands free then a scanner with an auto-sensing stand or auto sensing mode is recommended.
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    Search online for point of sale distributors that carry barcode scanners along with other types of point of sale accessories. Scanners may need to be configured to work with your software, it is best to purchase a barcode scanner from a web store that has a tech support department.

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