With so many Bluetooth barcode scanners on the market, I thought it would be helpful to our users to offer a comparison. While Fulcrum can scan barcodes using the onboard phone camera, often users are rapidly scanning many items, in which case it is faster to use an external Bluetooth barcode scanner.
What follows is a comprehensive comparison chart of Bluetooth barcode scanners, all of which work seamlessly with the Fulcrum platform.
First, let’s go over the difference between scan engine codes:
A 1D (or linear) code is the most common type of barcode — the kind found on grocery and other consumer items. Scanners with a 1D in the scan engine column can only read this type of code.
A 2D code uses patterns of squares, dots, hexagons, and other shapes, and can be smaller than a linear code because it holds more data using both vertical and horizontal dimensions — for example, a QR code.
PDF417 is the most commonly used 2D barcode, capable of encoding text, numbers, files, and actual databytes (you’ll find them on driver’s licenses, airplane boarding passes, and delivery packages).
Maker & ModelScan EngineBattery In UseBattery LifeWeightInternal MemoryCost
Want even more information? Here is a chart that drills down further into the differences between these Bluetooth barcode scanners.
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