How To Choose And Use Handheld Scanners

Published October 28, 2017

how to choose & hold hand held scanners

Choosing the best handheld scanner can be an overwhelming decision. Between brands, needs, and options; it can be a real ordeal. So here is a quick and easy guide on how to choose and use the best handheld scanners. It’s important to know what your options are when it comes to handheld scanners, because different uses and enviorments will determine what will fit your specific needs.


Handheld scanners are very handy when dealing with items that may be large or irregular in shape. Instead of needing to try and find a way to scan with a stationary scanner, you can just move the handheld where you need it to go.


The best handheld scanners are the easiest. Most models today will just plug right into the PC or system you are using, upload its drivers, and it’s ready for use. This makes the digital end of the interface extremely simple. While the scanner itself is literally just a reader. You scan, it tells you the information you just scanned from the bar code. This makes the entire process at easy as it needs to be for those who may not be as technologically savvy as others.

Light Source:

Light Source is going to be a big impact on your decision for your scanner. there are a couple of different sources you should consider when purchasing. The two main factors for light sources are distance and price.

Linear Image:

Imaging software will actually take a picture of the bar code, analyze it, then spit out the info it contains. The imaging gives the scanner a greater range of what it’s able to read. Meaning that if you have a bar code that is a little stained, scrunched, or has a glare on it; you can still read it more often than not.

Laser Scanners:

Laser scanners are a good stable option for any handheld device. Using a red diode laser to read the bar codes, the laser version can normally read what it needs to even if it’s farther away. Though it tends to have a harder time reading bar codes that are not pristine in condition.


There are a couple of different style choices that are also important to think about. The two styles you will need to consider is corded and cordless.


Corded handheld scanners are great for their purpose. They are cheap, easy, and quick to implement. But, they can’t transmit in batch; and of course they are corded. So they are still anchored to a base and can’t move more than 4-6 inches.


Cordless scanners tend to be more expensive, both in the short and long run. As a cordless scanner will also require a supply of batteries. They also can’t transmit outside of their designated range, but that isn’t an issue most of the time. In addition to being able to scan nearly anything you may have to scan; they can also batch transmit.


One last thing you will need to consider is the type or durability of your scanner. Either the standard, or the rugged/industrial type.


Your standard type scanner will still be a great device. The casing and inner workings are wonderful. However, this type of scanner will not stand up to heavy impact or extreme weather conditions. That being said, most people won’t need to worry about either.


The industrial type scanner boasts the ability to take a larger range of falls and impacts, as well as weather-proof casing.

How to choose the best handheld scanner is really up to what you need. Recommendations will point you toward a safe corded laser scanner with standard casing. If that is all you need to scan what you need to scan, then no problem. But it never hurts to do a little research to find out what would accommodate your needs in the best way.

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