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Barcode Scanner

Price Scanners - Wireless, Handheld, Rugged & More

Barcode scanners are vital pieces of equipment for many companies and here you will find the right scanner for your application. Find Zebra, Honeywell, and a wide-variety of the best barcode scanning brands. Shop barcode readers by type including ultra-rugged, handheld, cordless and much more. For additional help in finding barcode scanning devices to fit your need, talk to one of our experts for a free consultation on choosing the right device or barcode software for your business.

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Barcode Scanner Connectivity Options

Laser Barcode Scanner

Laser Barcode Scanner are the most common type of Barcode Scanner. A Laser Scanner does not need to be in contact with a barcode to read it. A standard range laser Barcode Scanner can read a barcode from about 6 to 24 inches away, and a long range Scanner can read one from about 2 to 8 feet away. Certain extra long-range Laser Barcode Scanner are capable of reading a barcode from up to 30 feet away. Laser Barcode Scanner are often in Handheld or "gun" form factors, but are also regularly built for counter-top or fixed-mount applications.

CCD Barcode Scanner

CCD (Charge Coupled Device) Barcode Scanner use an imaging CCD (similar to the ones found in digital cameras) to take a picture of barcodes which are then decoded into a sequence of characters. CCD Barcode Scanner have a very fast scan speed, but a low scan range (often less than 3 inches from the barcode). CCD Barcode Scanner can be very durable because they do not contain any moving parts, but are limited because they cannot read any barcodes wider than the imaging element. Their low cost and speed make CCD Barcode Scanner well suited for point of sale applications, but their short read range makes them a poor choice for warehouse or industrial applications.

2D Barcode Scanner

A 2D Barcode Scanner can interpret two-dimensional barcodes, which store data in two dimensions, rather than in just a series of black and white bars. 2D barcodes look like checkerboards or a series of traditional barcodes stacked atop one another. 2D Barcode Scanner use both CCD and Imaging technology to read barcodes.

Omni-directional Barcode Scanner

An "Omni-directional" Barcode Scanner works just like a Laser Barcode Scanner with the addition of several mirrors and other reflective devices to transform one laser line into many, all at different angles. This allows fast reading of barcodes at any angle, making an Omni-directional Barcode Scanner perfect for point of sale installations, such as at a grocery store.

PDF417 Barcode Scanner

"PDF417 Barcode Scanner" are any type of scanner that can read the particular symbology known as PDF417. This is a two-dimensional barcode that is actually a bunch of one-dimensional barcodes stacked on top of one another, resembling a snowed-out television set. Clearly, this code can contain a lot more information in the same amount of space as a regular 1-D code, and it is therefore often used as a kind of summary for important documents or labels (e.g. very common on tax forms and driver's licenses). The important distinction in the barcoding industry stems from the fact that PDF417 is a 2-D code, but many manufacturers offer a 1-D type scanner that is capable of reading PDF417. Pretty much all two-dimensional scanners (or, imagers) can read PDF417 and one-dimensional barcodes.

Imager Barcode Scanner

An Imager is a Barcode Scanner that really functions more like a digital camera than a laser scanner, and is capable of reading two-dimensional symbologies. Rather than bouncing one or several beams of intense light off of a barcode, the imager bounces a burst of light off of the barcode and back into a camera-like eye, essentially taking a picture. Unlike a laser scanner (or human eye), the imager does not need the barcode to be oriented in anyway (other than within the scan area) in order to be legible. In fact, it doesn't need it to be a "bar"-code at all. Two dimensional symbologies come in a variety of styles, some resembling a chessboard or the familiar UPS code (a target with snow around it). Of course, all imagers can still read the one-dimensional codes, but usually without the greater range capability of a laser scanner. Because of their camera-like "eyes", some imagers are designed to be capable of capturing photos, like a camera cell phone. This is a great idea for those who want a handgun scanner for barcodes with the ability to store images of, say, a signature or I.D.

USB Barcode Scanner

USB: (abbreviation for "Universal Serial Bus") The latest generation of serial bus technology that can transfer data at up to 12 Megabits/second, can be daisy chained (with up to 127 devices on a single port) and can provide power from the computer's power supply to peripherals (so that peripherals do not need their own AC power). USB "hubs," boxes that provide multiple USB ports and a power boost to the USB chain are usually needed if you have more than a few USB devices on your machine. USB also allows hot-plugging so that you can plug and unplug peripheral devices without having to shut down your computer.

PS/2 Keyboard Wedge Barcode Scanner

PS2 Keyboard Wedge Barcode Scanner connect to the keyboard port on a computer. When a barcode is scanned, the data appears on the screen just as though it had been entered via the keyboard. Keyboard Wedge Barcode Scanner come with a 'Y' connector which allows the keyboard and the scanner to be connected and used at the same time. This is a very simple and easy-to-install type of scanner, but it does not allow any modification or re-ordering of the barcode's data before displaying it on the screen.

Serial (RS-232) Barcode Scanner

RS232 Serial Barcode Scanner connect to the computer's serial port and send its information to the screen or to any program. Serial Barcode Scanner are more complex than Keyboard Wedge Barcode Scanner, but are much more versatile: barcode data can be edited, re-ordered or changed before it is displayed, allowing customization of applications collecting and using barcode data.

Cordless/Wireless Barcode Scanner

Cordless/Wireless Barcode Scanner use radio frequencies similar to cordless phones to send scanned information back to a computer-attached base station. The cordless range will vary by model from 33ft to over 200ft. Cordless/Wireless Scanner can dramatically improve any application where a cable could get damaged or limit access to items being scanned.

Wireless Barcode Scanner

"Wireless Barcode Scanner" is a term often used to describe three different types of Barcode Scanner - Cordless Barcode Scanner, Batch Barcode Scanner, and Mobile Computer

Batch / Memory Barcode Scanner

A Batch Barcode Scanner works much like a Wireless Barcode Scanner: A base station is connected to a computer, while the scanner can move freely without wires. The difference is in transmission. A Batch Barcode Scanner scans barcodes and stores the data until it is returned to its cradle. A Batch Barcode Scanner is excellent for store inventory processes.

Bluetooth Barcode Scanner

These handheld scanners function similarly to a corded scanner except that they communicate to an included base station or to your mobile device directly, via Bluetooth. Ruggedness, scanner type, and various connectivity options ensure greater mobility and freedom from cable clutter for any application.

Barcode Scanner Form Factors

Handheld Barcode Scanner

A Handheld Barcode Scanner is any scanner that is held in the hand of the user during operation. Most are designed like a handgun, with a grip and a trigger to activate the scanning operation, but the term "Handheld Barcode Scanner" also refers to scanners that are better known as Mobile Computer, which have their own full-blown operating system running.

Pen / Wand Barcode Scanner

Wand Barcode Scanner are the simplest and least expensive type of Barcode Scanner. Because of their simple design (no moving parts), they are also the most durable type of scanner and are tightly sealed against dust, dirt, and other environmental hazards. Wand Barcode Scanner are limited, though, because they must come into direct contact with a barcode to read it. Due to their small size and low weight, Wand Barcode Scanner are ideally suited to portable (laptop) or very low volume scanning applications.

Fixed Mount Barcode Scanner

Fixed Mount Scanner are designed for unattended applications like conveyor lines, kiosks, or sorting lines. Many of these scanners have very high read rates for accurate reading in high-speed applications and normally integrate with other systems for triggering since they don't have a trigger on them. When choosing a Fixed Mount Barcode Scanner, the main concerns are the type of barcode (1D vs. 2D) you are reading and how fast they will be moving.

Projection Barcode Scanner

"Projection" Barcode Scanner is really a misnomer for scanners more commonly referred to as "omni-directional" scanners. Omni-directional scanners produce not one laser beam, but many, and often in a crosshatch pattern that enables the barcode to be scanned at multiple angles of orientation, freeing the user from having to worry too much about proper orientation. Obviously, this is a great boon for point-of-sale retail applications, cashiers needn't take the extra time to line-up a barcode. These types of scanners are designed to be placed on a countertop and be hands-free, though pretty much all models can be easily picked up.

Barcode Scanner Applications

Library Barcode Scanner

The Barcode Scanner in this section are ideal for scanning barcodes in a library environment. Library books are typically labeled with one or more of the following barcode types: ISBN, Codabar, Interleaved 2 of 5, EAN-13, or MSI-Plessey. BarcodesInc can supply you with scanners and labels needed for accurately tracking and managing your library's entire inventory.

Inventory Barcode Scanner

Any Barcode Scanner can be an inventory Scanner when integrated into an inventory system. That inventory system could consist of something as simple as an Excel spreadsheet or dedicated Inventory Software. Below is a list of some of our most popular Barcode Scanner.

Industrial Barcode Scanner

Industrial Barcode Scanner are scanners that have been designed with an eye towards durability. Dusty, damp environments can often inhibit a scanner's life-span, and therefore, your investment. Most Industrial Scanner are simply rubberized versions of standard scanner models, or else they have enclosures designed to resist dust and moisture, and provide much greater impact resistance.

ISBN Barcode Scanner

Most modern Barcode Scanner are capable of scanning ISBN barcodes (sometimes referred to as Bookland or EAN-13). Here are a few the most popular ISBN Barcode Scanner. We also carry UPC Barcode Scanner and PDF417 Barcode Scanner.

UPC Barcode Scanner

Most modern Barcode Scanner are capable of scanning UPC barcodes. Here are a few of the most popular UPC Barcode Scanner.