If you are looking to buy a barcode scanner, there are a number of key features that you should look at before you make any decisions.
The features listed below are based on handheld barcode scanners and there are a number of primary features that you should look at as these can help you figure out which handheld barcode scanner is the best for your needs.
Corded or Cordless: If the barcode scanner you are looking to buy needs to be used outdoors, on the factory floor, or across your warehouses, you might want to look at a cordless model. This will be the best choice especially if your staff don’t have access to a power point at all times.
Durability: If you need a handheld barcode scanner that works well under harsh conditions, we recommend looking for a model that has an IP rating of IP54 or IP65. These models ensure that your barcode scanner can withstand dust and water sprays. If you work in harsher environments, you will have to look for a barcode scanner designed for your particular environment and our AIS experts can help with this.
Connectivity: There are barcode scanners that are Bluetooth enable so you can connect wirelessly and transmit the data to your database or the management system you have in place.
Scanning Capabilities: It is important to know what symbologies your company uses and make sure the barcode scanner you choose to buy can read and decode 1D, 2D, and any additional symbologies required.
Laser vs Image Scanning Functionality: Imaging barcode scanners are more advanced than laser barcode scanners and they will usually offer a greater range of scanning capabilities.
Omni-Directional Scanning: If you plan to buy a laser barcode scanner it is recommended that you purchase a model that offers omni-directional scanning so that your barcode scanner can decode 2D barcodes.
Software Compatibility: There are handheld barcode scanners that work with operating systems like Android and PC and there are some that have their own built-in software systems. Some come with a Software Development Kit which allows companies to develop customer applications. Some barcode scanners work right out of the box with Windows or iOS but others will require you to download specific drivers.
Scanning Distance: This tells you at what distance your barcode scanner will work. This can vary on the types of barcodes.
Scanning Speed: If you have a lot of barcodes to scan it is recommended that you look for a barcode scanner that offers rapid, continuous scanning capabilities. There are models that can scan up to 120 images per second.
Warranty: This is important. With handheld barcode scanners the warranty received is generally between one and five years. Longer warranties should be considered if your barcode scanner is going to be used in harsher environments.
As you can see, there are a large number of features to look at when determining the best type of handheld barcode scanner for your business and our barcode scanning page lists all the different models we offer as well as further information.