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How to Choose a Barcode Scanner

Choosing a barcode scanner for a business is an important task that should not be taken lightly. For businesses, efficiency and cost effectiveness are key factors in selecting the right scanner.

Making sure scanner can read type of barcode you intend

First of all, the type of barcode that will be read is important. If linear, one dimensional barcodes are being read, camera based scanners are not necessary. If, on the other hand, 2D barcodes are being used, camera based scanners will be needed.

Width of barcode being scanned

Next, it's important to consider the size of the barcodes being read. For most small barcodes, any kind of scanner will do. However, if the typical barcode is very large (over several inches in length), a laser scanner should be purchased since these have the ability to read barcodes of any size.

Durable barcode scanner

Next, durability should be considered. If the scanners are going to be used in applications where the scanners are portable or will see high traffic volume, LED scanners may be the best option since they have no moving parts that can break if the scanner is dropped or impacted in some way.

Cost of barcode scanner

Finally, scanners can be expensive, so it's a good idea to think about how often the scanner will be used and for what purpose will it be used. If a barcode scanner is being bought to scan a large number of items quickly, like in a supermarket, laser scanners or LED scanners are the most efficient options. If, however, the scanner will only be used sparingly like in an office or lab setting, cheaper pen and wand scanners should be considered.