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Choosing a Barcode Reader
A barcode reader or scanner is a very specialized device, available in several formats and with different capabilities. Each specific application needs a specific reader.These are the options that define a bar code reader.
1. Form Factor
Manual (pistol grip)
Reader with a handle, it is pointed to the barcode to perform the reading. If it has a stand, it can also work as a presentation reader.
Pocket barcode reader
Pocket-sized reader, or an accessory to convert a smartphone into a reader.
Fixed desktop reader, e.g. in a point of sale. The barcode (usually printed on a box or on a product) is passed in front of the reader, and the reader performs the reading.
Integrated barcode reader
Like a presentation reader, but it's mounted inside a counter or similar.
2. Ruggedness (manual readers only)
Commercial barcode reader
General purpose barcode reader, in office and store. It is not specially protected against shock, dust, etc
Rugged industrial reader
Specially reinforced barcode reader, resistant to shock and heavy use in industrial and warehouse environ-
Wired / Corded
Barcode readers to be used in the workplace. They connect via a USB cable or similar. It can be moved locally, but not great distances.
Mobile, cordless, battery-powered barcode reader. The connection to the terminal can be via WiFi or Bluetooth.
4. Types of reading
Linear barcodes reading (the ones commonly used in all products).
1D y 2D reading
In addition to linear barcodes, they also read two-dimensional codes, which can carry much more information: PDF417, QR
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