Guest I have a large (4000) inventory of model trains that I wish to maintain a simple inventory of for insurance uses. I would like a low cost handheld bar code scanner that will collect data and then have the ability to connect to a PC for Excel import.

For basic data collecting to then export to a basic text file for importing into Excel I would look at the Unitech HT580. This is a low cost mobile device that can collect up to four fields of data per line in a generic comma delineated text file. Once connected to a PC this file is transferred from which you can then open and manage in Excel.

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Posted May 16, 2011