Barcode scanners are not a one-size-fits-all item. Learn how to choose the right barcode scanner.
Barcode scanners are used to read barcodes. However, because there are so many different types of barcodes, it is necessary to choose the right scanner to fit your needs. While this might seem like a daunting task, answering the following questions will help you make the right choice.
Once you have answered these questions, consider your connectivity options for corded barcode scanners:
These ports are commonly found on desktop PC's and are generally the most convenient connectivity to use.
This was the most popular connector before USB. It connects a Y-shaped cable with the PS-2 Keyboard port.
This connectivity allows the scanner to connect to the computer over a serial port.
This connectivity requires special proprietary equipment in order to connect the scanner to the computer system.
Finally, consider the two basic kinds of barcode scanners:
Point and Shoot: These are handheld models used for a variety of tasks such as scanning large items that are too heavy to scan with the Sit and Scan model or for packages and other items that need to be scanned when no Sit and Scan scanner is available. The person operating this scanner will have to be within registering distance and aim the scanner flat at the barcode in order for it to work correctly.
Sit and Scan: These scanners are typically found in grocery and retail stores and are used with cash registers to assist in the checkout process. Many registers also come with a Point and Shoot scanner for larger items. The person operating the scanner slides the barcode across the scanner in order to get it to register.