Barcode Scanner Test

04/2020

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Barcode Scanner

In this category 2 devices are our test winners: The Barcode Scanner with Stand from Tera and the Barcode Scanner Wireless from Inateck. Both convince by their memory capacity and the numerous setting options. Our favourites with the test score 8.5/10!

We tested 5 barcode scanners and paid special attention to the recognition of the codes and the handling.

With a barcode scanner barcodes of any product can be read worldwide. This practical device is especially indispensable for inventories. With the scanners product, information can not only be recorded but also transmitted.

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last modified: 20.04.2020, 20:28
Winner Winner Best price winner
Our winner: Tera Barcode Scanner with Stand Our winner: Inateck Barcode Scanner Wireless Gladle USB Barcode Scanner Wireless Review Proster Laser Barcode Scanner Review TaoTronics USB Laser Barcode Scanner Review

Tera Barcode Scanner with Stand

Inateck Barcode Scanner Wireless

Gladle USB Barcode Scanner Wireless

Proster Laser Barcode Scanner

TaoTronics USB Laser Barcode Scanner

Test seal: Tera Barcode Scanner with Stand, Rating 2
Test seal: Inateck Barcode Scanner Wireless, Rating 2
Test seal: Gladle USB Barcode Scanner Wireless, Rating 2.15
Test seal: Proster Laser Barcode Scanner, Rating 2.3
Test seal: TaoTronics USB Laser Barcode Scanner, Rating 2.45
  • Compatible with Android devices
  • Many setting options
  • Additional plastic card with the most important commands
  • Wireless scanning
  • The battery lasts up to 12 days
  • Buffer memory for up to 100,000 codes
  • Good guidance
  • Compatible with Android devices
  • Many setting options
  • The battery lasts up to one month
  • Buffer memory for up to 5000 codes
  • Very good manual
  • Additional map with the most important commands
  • Wireless scanning
  • Compatible with Android devices
  • Very light
  • Additional map with the most important commands
  • Wireless scanning
  • No installation necessary (Plug and Play)
  • Fall-proof
  • No installation necessary (Plug and Play)
  • Fall-proof
  • The handle is not protected against falls
  • Problems with the transfer in Excel online
  • Heavier than other devices in our test
  • No protection against falls
  • No volume control
  • Manual only in English
  • Wired
  • Removing the cable is impractical
  • Instructions insufficient
  • Few adjustment possibilities
  • No volume control
  • Wired
  • Protective rubber falls off
  • Removing the cable is impractical
  • No volume control

Barcode scanner with simple instructions, large memory and compatibility with Android devices.

Easy handling, many setting options and an excellent manual. Battery life and buffer memory are particularly suitable for inventories.

Very light, wireless scanner without protection against falls and volume control.

Wired scanner with easy installation, but few programming options and poor instructions.

Easy to install, wired scanner, that could have been improved regarding its handling and use.

Scan type 1D barcode 1D barcode 1D barcode 1D barcode 1D barcode
Connection Bluetooth, cable Bluetooth, cable Wireless, cable USB cable USB cable
Scans per second 300 220 100 100 300
Buffer memory 100,000 barcodes 5,000 barcodes No information None (wired) None (wired)
Battery life 3 -10 days 1 month for very frequent use No information None (wired) None (wired)
Supported barcodes UPC/EAN Code128 Code39 Code 39Full ASCII Coda bar industrial/Interleaved 2 of 5 Code93 MSI Code11 ISBN ISSN GS1 Databar Code32 and more EAN, UPC, Code 128 etc., as well as rare standards like USPS, FedEx, VIN, Code 32 and more AN-8, EAN 13, UPC-A, UPC-E, Code39, Code93, Code128, EAN128, Codaber Industoal 2 von 5, Matrix2of5, Interleave2of5, MSI, China postal code and more EAN-8, EAN-13, UPC-E, Code39, Code93, Code128, EAN128, Codaber, Industoal 2 of 5, Interleave 2 of 5, Matrix 2, of 5, MSI UPC / EAN, UPC / UCC / EAN 128, Code 39, Code 39 Full ASCII, Code 128, and more
Detection
Handling
Speed
Workmanship
Not supported barcodes Code39 Extended (special characters were not recorded), EAN-5, EAN-2, Codabar (letters are hidden), Code 93 Extended, PZN7 & PZN8 (instead of "PZN" "ß" is displayed) MSI Plessey, PostNet, Royal Mail Code25, EAN-5 (first number is omitted), EAN-2, PZN7 and PZN8 (letters are replaced by "ß"), MSI Plessey, PostNet, Royal Mail Code39 Extended (special characters were not included), EAN-5, EAN-2, Codabar (letters are omitted), PZN7 and PZN8 (letters are omitted), MSI Plessey, PostNet, Royal Mail Code39 Extended (special characters are not recorded),EAN-5, EAN-2, Codabar (letters are hidden), Code 93 Extended, PZN7 & PZN8 (instead of "PZN" "ß" is displayed) Code39 Extended (special characters are not recognized), Code25 (problematic), EAN-5, EAN-2, Codabar (letters are hidden), Code 93 Extended, PZN7 & PZN8 (instead of "PZN" "ß" is displayed)
Signal sound Yes; volume control in 4 steps Yes; volume control in 4 steps Yes Yes Yes
Scan distance <30 cm 29 cm <35 cm 34 cm 32 cm
Range 100 m 60 m 30-200 m None (wired) None (wired)
Length of the power cable 155 cm 154 cm 152 183 cm 180 cm
Supported languages EN, GER, IT, ES, FR, JPN, PT, US, HU, NO, NL UK, GER, IT, ES, FR, US EN, GER, IT, ES, FR, JPN, PT GER, FR, US EN, GER, IT
Quality impression Good Good Good Good Good
Weight 144 g 199 g 131 g 135 g 135 g
Manual language GER, EN, FR, IT, ES GER, EN, FR, IT, ES EN EN EN
Quality of instructions Excellent Excellent Good Unsatisfactory Satisfactory
Scope of delivery Scanner, USB cable, wireless adapter, plastic card with the most important codes for configuration, operating instructions Scanner, USB cable, wireless adapter, card with the most important codes for configuration, operating instructions Scanner, USB cable, wireless adapter, card with the most important codes for configuration, operating instructions Scanner, USB cable, operating instructions Scanner, USB cable, operating instructions
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Tested products

Tera Barcode Scanner with Stand - thumbnail

1st place: Tera Barcode Scanner with Stand

Test seal: Tera Barcode Scanner with Stand, Rating good

The easy installation of the Tera - Barcode Scanner with Stand with a scan distance of up to 100 m is also recommended for large stores and inventories. A disturbing feature is the pop-up download window during the transfer of codes, which interrupts further scans. For this purpose, the device can store 100,000 codes and is the front-runner in the test in this area. Also, the long battery life is a big advantage. Furthermore, the device has a very good manual and can also be used with Android devices.

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Inateck Barcode Scanner Wireless - thumbnail Test seal: Inateck Barcode Scanner Wireless, Rating good

2nd place: Inateck Barcode Scanner Wireless

Since the Inateck - Barcode Scanner Wireless can scan with or without cable (up to 60 m) and is equipped with an inventory function and an extremely long battery capacity, it is also suitable for larger stores. In addition, it is possible to store up to 5,000 codes on the device and various programs facilitate the work of different tasks. Only the weight is a disadvantage in this case, as the scanner gets heavy in the hand after some time. The installation is done within seconds and super easy. If you have any questions, the detailed and very good manual will help you. Accordingly, this device is almost unconditionally recommendable.

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Gladle USB Barcode Scanner Wireless - thumbnail Test seal: Gladle USB Barcode Scanner Wireless, Rating good

3rd place: Gladle USB Barcode Scanner Wireless

The USB Barcode Scanner Wireless from Gladle is also suitable for larger companies and inventories due to its light weight, easy handling and wireless capabilities. Various programs and settings support these options. Unfortunately, it is unprotected against falls and does not show any indication of performance and capacity or range. The well-written manual is enclosed in English only.

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Proster Laser Barcode Scanner - thumbnail Test seal: Proster Laser Barcode Scanner, Rating good

4th place: Proster Laser Barcode Scanner

The Laser Barcode Scanner from Proster is a lightweight for long working hours but is useless for inventory and larger stores because it works only with a cable. In addition, the manual is only available in English and is also incomplete, making it difficult for beginners to use the scanner. The few adjustment possibilities work satisfactorily and the volume cannot be adjusted.

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TaoTronics USB Laser Barcode Scanner - thumbnail Test seal: TaoTronics USB Laser Barcode Scanner, Rating good

5th place: TaoTronics USB Laser Barcode Scanner

The advantage of the TaoTronic - USB Laser Barcode Scanner is its light weight, easy handling and commissioning. Moreover, various programs and settings give plus points. The cable interferes with larger projects or rooms and the protective rubber slips off the handle. Also, the chemical smell leads to negative points.

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Tera - Barcode Scanner with Stand

Winner: read review

What you can do if a bar code cannot be scanned:

  • In order for barcodes to be optimally captured by scanners, the barcode should stand out from the background. If possible, pay attention to the contrast between barcode and background.
  • Also, make sure that there is enough space around the barcode.
  • Glossy or wet surfaces, for example on painted products, metal, glass bottles from the refrigerator, make it difficult to read a barcode. As a result, the light used by the scanner cannot be optimally reflected. The bars and gaps of the barcode are then no longer visible to the reader and the barcode is not readable. Therefore, a matt background is preferable.
    Wet surfaces can be wiped off.
  • Make sure that the barcode is printed well - missing parts in the barcode cannot be read by the scanner.
  • Pay attention to the distance and angle when scanning.
 

In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and established the following test criteria:

  • Recognition
  • Handling
  • Speed
  • Processing

To be able to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for the barcode scanners. First of all, the scope of delivery and functions are checked. The user-friendliness is assessed during the initial setup.

Depending on the device, the available settings are tested through. When scanning barcodes, the accuracy of the recognition and the speed of scanning are assessed. We test over twenty different barcode types with each device.

In order to exclude errors and to ensure that the device can withstand the stress of everyday use, each test is carried out in several passes.

The test criteria are given percentages according to their importance. The final mark is then objectively calculated from the test criteria using an algorithm.

Product selection

Our product selection is based on the observation of the current market. In addition to popular brand products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).

The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.

As soon as new relevant products come on the market, our test field will be expanded to include them. The new products undergo the same tests as already tested devices.

Barcode scanner - indispensable in retail and commerce

Barcode scanners are mainly used in retail and commercial areas. They have replaced the classic cash register system, where the amounts for the goods had to be entered by hand. Errors during checkout can thus be minimized. Furthermore, it is possible to simplify the ordering process by using a barcode scanner. The system itself recognizes which goods need to be reordered and can also trigger the orders.

As the name already says, it is a small hand scanner that is able to read a so-called barcode. The idea for this system originated in the USA and was first tested in a supermarket in 1974.

At that time it was considered a revolution, which not only simplified the cashier's process but also made it safer. Since each product can be clearly identified by the code, incorrect entries of wrong prices are no longer possible.

An important prerequisite for using a barcode scanner is therefore that the product has a corresponding code. This code is printed on all product packaging. If products are delivered without packaging, the barcode is attached with a sticker.

This sticker can be removed quickly and easily by the customer before using the product.

The barcode consists of a combination of vertical bars of varying thickness. A number is printed underneath. This number can be used to uniquely identify the product.

The barcode scanner reads the code using light technology. In fractions of a second, a computer establishes a connection to the product and to the fixed price. This price is stored in the cash register.

Another advantage of this solution is that prices for the products can be changed centrally. A single marking of the products is no longer necessary when using a barcode scanner.

The application areas of a barcode scanner are very versatile. Nearly all POS systems in Germany and Europe are equipped with scanner cash registers. But also many commercial areas work with an intelligent and advanced system.

Thus, the entire warehousing of goods is based on the barcode scanner system. Not only the retail trade but also the wholesale trade uses barcode scanners to label products.

Using this technology, employees in warehouses can get a quick overview of the stock of goods. However, Swiss Post now also uses barcode scanners. Customers no longer need to buy stamps when they want to send letters or parcels.

For barcodes to be optimally captured by scanners, the barcode should stand out from the background. Therefore pay attention to the contrast between barcode and background if possible.

At home, it is possible to print a barcode and pay the price for postage online. Using the barcode, the post office can read the letter or parcel. Not only the price for the postage but also the data of sender and recipient are linked to the barcode.

This makes it possible to track the consignments. Mail-order companies and online retailers, in particular, take advantage of this. They provide their customers with the shipment data so that they can track the sale of letters or parcels themselves.

Books, magazines and other printed products are also labelled with a code for reading by barcode scanners and can thus be easily categorised and sold.

Using the barcode scanner
Using the barcode scanner

The functionality of a barcode scanner is very easy to learn. The scanner needs electricity for its work. Inside there is a lamp, also known from a classic scanner system, which is connected to a computer for scanning documents.

The lamp must be lit to ensure operation. For this reason, the scanners are permanently connected to a power cable or they work with a battery.

To read the code, the scanner's lamp is simply held against the code. Alternatively, the code can also be drawn over the lamp. The price of the product or important product information needed in inventory management is displayed in book parts of seconds after scanning.

If it is a cash register system, the price of the goods is added automatically. As a customer, you will receive a receipt on which the individual goods are marked with their name.

This makes it easier to make warranty claims and gives the customer a very good overview of the things he has bought.

When scanning with a barcode scanner, pay attention to the distance and angle to the barcode. The wrong angle or the wrong distance can quickly impair reading.

The barcode scanner does not need to recharge and works with a seamless transition. This means that many items can be scanned in sequence. This speeds up the checkout process enormously compared to the classic manual entry of prices.

Basically there are two types of barcode scanners, which are used depending on the individual requirements. Handheld devices can be used very flexibly. They have a wide handle and a long supply cable.

Modern devices work with a rechargeable battery. This means even higher flexibility. However, the disadvantage is that the battery needs to be recharged from time to time. This is contrary to intensive use.

The hand scanner is manually guided to the barcode of the product. It is suitable for large goods that are sold or stored in a hall. The operation is very simple. Older barcode scanners have a button that had to be pressed to trigger the scanning process.

Newer models do not have one and recognize the barcode automatically.

As an alternative to the classic model for the hand, fixed integrated barcode scanners are increasingly used, especially in retail. These are part of the POS system. The advantage is that the surface is wider.

The checkout process can be accelerated because the products are simply and quickly pulled over the scanner. A disadvantage results with very large products, which sometimes have to be handled somewhat awkwardly. Nevertheless, these systems have become established in the retail trade in recent years.

If a system with a barcode scanner is to be purchased, it is important that the scanner is suitable for the intended use. Therefore, it must be considered whether a hand-held device or a permanently installed barcode scanner is the better choice.

The barcode scanner alone is not enough, further investments must be made to use the system effectively. This includes a computing system that is linked to the barcode scanner and is able to assign the codes to the individual products.

For this, it is important that the system has high performance because there should be no time delays in determining prices and product characteristics when using the scanner system.

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In this category 2 devices are our test winners: The Barcode Scanner with Stand from Tera and the Barcode Scanner Wireless from Inateck. Both convince by their memory capacity and the numerous setting options. Our favourites with the test score 8.5/10!

We tested 5 barcode scanners and paid special attention to the recognition of the codes and the handling.

With a barcode scanner barcodes of any product can be read worldwide. This practical device is especially indispensable for inventories. With the scanners product, information can not only be recorded but also transmitted.

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