Are you attempting to make a decision regarding the kind of barcode scanner you should use? You’ve come to the right place if you’re trying to decide whether to go with portable or hands-free barcode scanners for your retail, hospital, restaurant, warehouse, or logistics etc.
Firstly, let’s discuss the type of barcode scanners
A handheld barcode scanner like the Zebra LS2208 gives you the flexibility to use it around portably or on a stand for hands-free scanning. It will be the ideal applications with large, bulky, or heavy items that cannot be presented easily to the barcode scanner if it is hands-free.
The Zebra DS9308 hands-free barcode scanner is excellent for facilitating quick transaction processing at the cashier in grocery, convenience, pharmacy, or retail establishments. It enables quick scanning of numerous items at the register without the need to line up barcodes with scanners. Great for retailers who simply prefer to put a stronger emphasis on their consumers than on scanners.
What type of barcodes are you scanning?
There are 1D and 2D barcode scanners on the market.
Image: 1D Barcode
1D barcodes are commonly used across various industries, a visual black-and-white pattern that encodes information using lines and spaces of different widths. The information is encoded horizontally from left to right and can include numbers or other keyboard features.
Image: 2D Barcode
2D barcodes also known as two-dimensional barcode is a graphical representation that can hold data both vertically and horizontally. As a result, 2D barcodes have a substantially higher storage capacity than 1D barcodes. Common information stored are images, social media links, website information, contact information and more.
A few questions to help you determine which barcode scanner is suitable for you
- What kind of barcodes are you scanning?
- What kind of items are you scanning?
- Do you need the barcode scanner to be portable?
- What type of connectivity do you need? Bluetooth or USB.
If you are scanning 1D barcodes, it would be a 1D barcode scanner. Depending on the type of items you are scanning, handheld scanners will be ideal for scanning larger items, so you do not need to shift and try to fit the barcode on a bulky item under the laser of a hands-free barcode scanner. Handheld scanners also come in different connectivity – Bluetooth or USB. If you are carrying around your barcode scanners, Bluetooth connectivity will be ideal as you don’t have to bring along another device just to stay connected.
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Article source: Zebra Technologies