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In the world of retail there cannot be many more revolutionary products compared to handheld barcode scanner. The beauty of this kind of scanner is that it is so simple to use. Just point it in the barcode, press the trigger as well as the job is done. Also, since it is worked yourself anyone using one of these pieces of equipment is not as likely to make a mistake.

As it happens handheld barcode scanners are attached to the computer by a cable. There are handhelds which are connected up wirelessly. There's no cable restricting how long the scanner can be utilized from the computer; the only limit is the array of the wireless signal. They may be small enough to fit in to a pocket. The purists do not class these scanners as handheld, instead they will use the term "wireless barcode scanner." But these scanners do offer exactly the same ease of use as the handheld variety.

cash register - The handheld scanners that many people will be using will utilise 1 of 2 scanning technologies, the laser and also the LED. Lasers continue being the most popular, despite the introduction of LED scanning technology during the last few years.

With laser scanning technology the scanning unit has a laser diode. The laser diode generates a dot which becomes the laser beam by being projected in to a vibrating mirror. The beam of light is then scanned along the barcode.

LED is really a newer type of scanning technology and the handheld barcode scanners incorporating it tend to be durable. Also LED is much more versatile in the type of barcode it can read - technology-not only to scan horizontal bar codes as well as the more typical vertical ones. The sensor then sees the reflected light and also the data is converted into ASCII text.

point of sale system - One decision that anyone thinking of using a handheld unit within their business is whether to stay with the conventional 1D type of scanner or even the newer 2D units. The 2D scanners are getting to be more popular as they provide more, especially obviously the ability to read the new 2D barcodes for example data matrix. These barcodes can take much more information compared to 1D type can which obviously ensures they are attractive to use. However, the 2D handheld scanners do cost a lot more than the 1D units. Obviously if your business can manage with the capacity restrictions with the 1D barcode then there is no real must upgrade. Of course the converse is also true and many more businesses are now turning to the higher specification units.

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