There are a number of different types of barcode scanners on the market today including mobile, handheld, and tablet scanners.
If you are looking to purchase one and you know what you require your barcode scanner to do, the next step will be to narrow down the range of handheld barcode scanners, so you have the one that meets your specifications. There are a number of key features to look for and in this guide, we explain them.
Key Features To Look For When Purchasing a Barcode Scanner
Choosing the best handheld barcode scanners doesn’t have to be hard. Below are the key features to look for when making your choice.
Cordless or Corded: If you need to use your barcode scanner outdoors or need to be able to move about without being restricted to a power source, a cordless barcode scanner is the ideal choice.
Durability: If you need your scanner to work well under harsh conditions, you should look for a model that has an IP rating of IP54 or IP65. This means that they can withstand dust, and water sprays and jets. There are models that have been designed to suit particular harsh environments too and our experts can advise on these.
Connectivity: How you wish to send data to a database or other computerised system is important. Some barcode scanners can connect wirelessly, and some are Bluetooth enabled which means you can transmit data on the go.
Scanning Capabilities: You need to be able to scan the barcodes your company works with, so you need to choose a model capable of decoding the symbols you need including 1D and 2D.
Laser or Image Scanning: Image barcode scanners are more advanced than laser scanners and they tend to offer the more barcode scanning capabilities.
Omni-Directional Scanning: If you purchase a laser barcode scanner it is important to choose a model with omni-directional functionality which will allow you to scan 2D barcodes.
Software Compatibility: Some handheld barcode scanners work with mobile platforms such as iOS and Android. Some have built-in software that use SDKs. Some are also compatible with Windows and mobile operating systems out of the box.
Scanning Distance: This tells you the distance at which a barcode scanner can decode different types of barcodes. This can vary depending on the symbology. Some models can decode 1D barcodes at a distance of up to 12 inches, but you may have to be closer for other symbologies.
Scanning Speed: If you have to do a lot of scanning it is important to choose a barcode scanner with continuous scanning capabilities. Some models can scan up to 120 images per second.
How Much Will a Barcode Scanner Cost?
Costs can vary depending on the functionality and capabilities of the model you choose. Image capturing barcode scanners will be more expensive. Durability also plays a part in price and the more durable your barcode scanner the more expensive it will be. There are models to suit most budgets and if you need help choosing the right one for you, be it a mobile barcode scanner or a general purpose model, be sure to get in touch with one of our AIS Ltd experts today.