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Star’s New Mobile SM-L200 Printer

Posted July 28, 2015

Star SM-L200 Portable Printer‘Always Leading-Always Innovating’ in cutting-edge technology, Star is proud to announce its SM-L200 two-inch Bluetooth low energy portable printer for the mobile point of sale industry. The SM-L200 supports BLE technology for all iOS mobile devices such as the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Its compact and lightweight design make this two-inch portable printer perfect for a wide range of applications from queue busting in retail and hospitality to home delivery 58mm wide invoicing.

The SM-L200 is the first portable printer currently on the market which offers the ability to connect any Apple, iOS BLE compatible device without having to pair to it. With no limitation on the number of devices connected, BLE is the perfect solution for BYOD (bring your own device) environments that does not require any certification or prior authorization from your iOS operating system. In addition to the BLE feature for iOS, the SM-L200 is Bluetooth (3.0/ 4.0) compatible with all operating systems (Windows, Android, and iOS).

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Point of Sale Tablet Comparison Made Easy

Posted March 9, 2015

Finding the right tablet for your point of sale application is key to ensuring you get the best performance and value from your investment.  With a host of options available for each model, getting a clear overview of what each tablet can do is challenging when looking at individual specification sheets.

This convenient chart breaks down the main features of some of the most common POS tablets. From point of sale transactions to on-site applications there’s a tablet to meet whatever your requirements are. For additional assistance finding the right tablet, contact one of our mobility specialists at BarcodesInc.

toughpad-g1.jpg (640×455) Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1 Tablet Computer Pioneer Asterix DASH Tablet Computer
Manufacturer ELO Panasonic Panasonic Pioneer Pioneer
Model ETT10 Tough Pad FZ-G1 Tough Pad FZ-A1 Dash Dash 7
WLAN Radio 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
WWAN Radio None Optional 4G LTE Optional 4G LTE Sold Separately Optional 4G LTE
GPS None Optional Optional Sold Separately Optional
Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth
Operating System Win 7e or No O/S Win 8 Pro 64-bit Android 4.0 ICS Win 7e Win 8.1
Scanner 2D Imager None None 2D Imager Option 2D Imager Option
Camera Standard Standard Standard Standard Optional (factory add
Number of Keys None 7 Keys 5 Keys 5 Keys None
Display Type 10.1″ Color/Touch 10.1″ Color/Touch 10.1″ Color/Touch 10.1″ Color/Touch 7″ Color/Touch
RAM/Flash Memory 2GB/32GB SSD 4 or 8GB/128 or 256GB SSD 1GB/16GB 2GB/32GB SSD 2GB/64GB
Accessible Micro SD None microSD microSD None microSD
MSR Yes None None Yes Yes (field add-on)
IP Rating IP54 IP65 IP65 IP54 IP54
Drop Spec 3′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete
Processor Intel Atom N2600 1.6GHz Intel i5-3437U vPro PXA2128 1.2GHz Intel OakTrail Atom 1.5GHz Intel Z2760 1.8GHz
USB Ports 1 1 1 x MicroUSB 2 2 (plus 1 Serial)
Audio Ports 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm
MSRP $1,525/$1,640 $2,599/$3,719 $1,379/$1,929 $2462 $1899

Epson Teams with Touch Dynamic for Mobile POS Solution

Posted February 27, 2015

2015-02-27_0918Epson has announced a partnership with Touch Dynamic to address the growing importance of mobile POS as the overall mobile expansion in retail and hospitality continues. By bundling Epson’s new ultra-compact Mobilink P20 receipt printer with Touch Dynamic’s new 7″ and 10″ Quest Tablets specifically designed for mobile POS, merchants can increase sales and improve customer service.

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Star Announces Wi-Fi Capable DK-AirCash

Posted February 18, 2015

Star DK-AirCashExpanding the field for mobile point of sale solutions, Star introduced its DK-AirCash accessory for enabling secure cash payments in mPOS. Normally, cash drawers are manually operated or by a wired connection to a receipt printer. The DK-AirCash allows you to control a cash drawer directly through an Ethernet, Bluetooth, MFi certified Bluetooth, and now Wi-Fi connection. Star’s DK-AirCash makes “wireless” operation of an existing hard-wired cash drawer possible.

With Wi-Fi interface, Star’s DK-AirCash SAC10EW-24 US model is compatible with all devices running on Android, iOS, and Window platforms. The new Wi-Fi DK-Aircash will provide merchants the ability to use their cash drawer on a network without the hassle of running a cable to the cash drawer. This latest release of the DK-AirCash series will be another step forward in our cost effective way to upgrade your cash drawer’s compatibility for mPOS.

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APG 2015 Cash Drawer Solutions Overview

Posted January 20, 2015

As a leading global manufacturer and provider of cash drawers, APG has one of the most  rigorous manufacturing processes to ensure their cash drawers are rugged enough to handle the challenges of daily use and beyond. With a wide range of models and options to choose from, APG has solutions to meet the needs of fixed, mobile, and tablet applications.


How to pair the Star TSP650II BTi receipt printer with an Apple iPad

Posted January 13, 2015

One of the most common applications for iPads beyond general consumer use has been as a POS terminal. Their low cost and the host of POS applications available for them makes the iPad a perfect solution for many small business looking for an affordable option to process transactions.

Almost every iPad based POS system requires a dedicated printer to create receipts for each transaction. . Star’s TSP650II BTi is one of the most commonly purchased for iPad systems due to their easy integration and high quality print results. See how simple it is to get up and printing receipts on your iPad in the following video.


Zebra’s New ZQ110 Mobile Printer

Posted December 9, 2014

Photo of Zebra ZQ110Zebra has announced the release of their newest addition to their mobile receipt printer offering with the ZQ110. The ZQ110 mobile printer is designed for the price-conscious buyer who is always on the move. It weighs in at only .5lbs and is almost as small as a deck of playing cards.

The ZQ110 prints 2″ receipts at speeds up to 3.5 inches-per-second and is designed with “sleep mode” to conserve battery power. “Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad” (MFi) certified, the ZQ110 also supports Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity to a range of Apple, Android and Windows devices. With the additional option for an embedded Magnetic Stripe Reader (MSR), the ZQ110 is the perfect solution for any mobile receipt printing application.

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Star Announces SMD2 Cash Drawers for Canada

Posted November 19, 2014

Star SMD2-1214 Cash DrawerFueled by growing demand for mPOS solutions in Canada, Star is pleased to announce a new compact cash drawer configuration, as well as standard and full sized SMD2 cash drawers specifically designed to house Canadian currency.

Star’s SMD2 cash drawers provide retailers and hospitality providers a secure way to manage cash for mPOS. A smarter alternative to traditional cash boxes, cash registers and cash tills, Star’s SMD2 cash drawer is equipped with the ability to communicate via standard printer driven interface with included cable or Star’s DK-AirCash wireless communication option for Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1 with Android and Windows support or Apple MFi certified Bluetooth with iOS support. Available in two convenient sizes with black or white color options, Star’s SMD2 cash drawers for Canada offer a stylish and reliable cash management option to complete any POS or mPOS system.

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Socket Releases Updated SDK with Apple iOS 8 Support

Posted September 12, 2014

Socket CHS 8Qi ScannerSocket has released  the latest version of their industry leading Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) Software Developer Kit, SocketScan SDK version 10.1. The latest version includes many new feature and benefits and is also compatible with Apple’s latest iOS 8 operating system.

Advanced features in the SDK include data editing and Softscan (to use the iPhone and Android built in cameras as a scanner). Featured benefits of the SDK include allowing developers to build a scanner enabled application so all of the limitations of HID mode are removed.  Other benefits include unlimited character set, end-to-end error checking, multiple cursor fields and program control for scan data placement.

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Common Accessories for your iPad POS System

Posted August 25, 2014

One of the most common appeals of an iPad based POS system is the reduced cost and space involved. Keeping focused on functional necessity ultimately makes for a more streamlined and efficient tool for your business. That said, there are some accessories that are still essential to ensure you have the most functional POS system to meet your daily business needs.

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