Wireless Barcode Scanners

Wireless barcode scanners are cable-free barcode scanners that assure greater portability and ease of usage. Barcodes have a wide variety of uses in the modern world of today, being one of the first and commonest machine-readable information formats ever introduced. They were originally used for labeling railroad carriages, but they first saw mainstream use in supermarkets, where they served as electronically interpretable price tags, which were read at the checkout counter using barcode readers, also known as barcode scanners. To this day since their first introduction, barcodes have continued to remain in extensive use all around the world, and the beep of the checkout counter barcode scanners are familiar to anyone who makes regular trips to supermarkets.

While the first barcode scanners were connected to computer terminals using lengths of cable, as technology advances, battery-powered wireless varieties soon emerged. These scanners provide additional portability, allowing the user to move freely without having to remain tethered to a terminal. All the information transfers occur over wireless frequencies. Without a confusing tangle of wires to get in the way, wireless barcode scanners are very handy to use indeed. They are very much reliable, and now see a great deal of use in many companies as well as supermarkets. The barcodes themselves have also evolved a great deal over the years, from the simple ‘one-dimensional’ line of vertical bars of varying thickness to complex two-dimensional patterns such as hexagons, square grids etc..

A few wireless barcode scanners have been reviewed below in greater detail.

A wireless barcode scanner capable of scanning two-dimensional barcodes, The Best Wasp will offer you the liberty to be more than fifty meters away from its base during operation, and even when it is out of range, you can store a large number of barcodes into its internal memory for later synchronization. You can perform scans from up to almost two feet away, and can perform up to 35,000 scans on a single charge of the battery. It comes with a signal receiver base which also serves as the charging kit, as well as a power cord and an USB cable for connecting to computers. It can be comfortably used in shopping centers, large-scale retail outlets and warehouses. It is compatible with most computers running a modern 32-bit version of the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Honeywell’s Metrologic wireless barcode scanners are considered to be among the best in the market. Metrologic barcode scanners see a great deal of use in hospitals and retail outlets, and the MS1633 is one of the best ones among them. It is a Bluetooth-powered scanner, which means its range is restricted to thirty meters. However, it also features an internal memory buffer where scanned barcodes can be stored even when operating out of range of the base. Despite its high performance, it is very much affordable, and is widely suited for use in many different environments.

Datalogic’s PowerScan PM8300 offers excellent value of money as well as versatility. It is an industrial-strength wireless barcode scanner with a host of features. All scanned data is relayed to the base using narrowband radio signals, allowing you a greater degree of freedom during work. The PM8300 can also be equipped with an optional display, on which the battery status and time readings can be seen. It can also be used to carry out communications with the base module. It is a durable and solid piece of equipment that is unaffected by harsh environmental conditions such as temperature extremes, and it is also resistant to water splashes and dust. It has an ergonomic design that is easy to hold even for extended periods of time. It is also capable of scanning two-dimensional barcodes with ease.

Wireless barcode scanners offer a greater degree of freedom and flexibility over wired ones, and are the best equipments of choice for any company dealing in retail or otherwise – anything which requires the use of barcodes.

This Wireless Barcode Scanners Review is Written/Updated on Nov 9th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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