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Recommended Barcode Scanners

The units listed here are all designed for light industrial use and are limited to scanning 1D barcodes, which are commonly used as tracking barcodes. Equivalent devices, at a higher cost, are available for scanning 2D barcodes and for industrial applications needing more rugged moisture and dust sealed units.

 

MS250 The Unitech MS-250 is an industrial CCD imaging scanner that plugs into the USB port of a PC. It scans 1D barcodes at close range and places the resultant text in the keyboard buffer, as if the data in the barcode was typed in. While these low cost units are not waterproof or dustproof, many of our clients use these for recording job and labor data in industrial environments. Their major benefit is that they can scan by placing the unit over the barcode and pressing the trigger, thereby eliminating any ambiguity about which barcode is being scanned. Price is about $65 each.
Unitech 912 For hands-free use with Android tablets, we recommend the low-cost MRC30L finger-mounted hands-free Bluetooth scanner.  This unit can be used out to a range of about 20' from the Android tablet. This unit is reasonably rugged and will take a 5' drop onto concrete but is not moisture or dust sealed. Price when configured by BellHawk Systems for use with the BellHawk software is  $149 each. Similar dust and moisture sealed units start at around $375 each.
Unitech 912 For shared use with Android tablets, we recommend the Unitech MS912 which is a Bluetooth scanner that can be used out to a range of about 30' from the Android tablet. This ID imaging scanner unit is reasonably rugged and will take a 5' drop onto concrete but is not moisture or dust sealed. Street price is about $189 each. Similar dust and moisture sealed units are available for around $300 each.
Zebra For use with a PC when scanning barcodes in shipping and receiving, we recommend a Zebra LI4278 cordless Bluetooth scanner. This unit enables cordless scanning at ranges up to 30 feet from the PC into which its base unit is plugged. This ruggedized unit consists of a scanner with a Lithium Ion Battery and a base station that also serves as a docking-charging station. The docking station plugs into the USB port on a PC and relays scans from the scan head into the keyboard buffer on the PC. This Zebra unit, which is street priced at about $475 each, with external power supply, and has a short range 1D imaging scanner.
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