TaoTronics USB Laser Barcode Scanner

Test 04/2020

  • TaoTronics USB Laser Barcode Scanner - testing
  • TaoTronics USB Laser Barcode Scanner - front
  • TaoTronics USB Laser Barcode Scanner - front2
  • TaoTronics USB Laser Barcode Scanner - back
  • TaoTronics USB Laser Barcode Scanner - right
  • TaoTronics USB Laser Barcode Scanner - boxed
Test seal: TaoTronics USB Laser Barcode Scanner, Rating 7.9

last modified: 17.02.2020, 12:48

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All rating criteria details:

Detection 40%
Handling 30%
Speed 15%
Workmanship 15%
Tested by: Xenia



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.


  • No installation necessary (Plug and Play)
  • Fall-proof


  • Wired
  • Protective rubber falls off
  • Removing the cable is impractical
  • No volume control
Easy to install, wired scanner, that could have been improved regarding its handling and use.

Special features

The USB Laser Barcode Scanner from TaoTronics is self-explanatory and easy to use and comes with various settings and practical programs. It is also a lightweight, which makes it easy to work with it for a long time.


The packaging of the device is very simple, only a sticker indicates the contents of the box. A strong chemical smell is noticeable when unpacking.

The barcode scanner has an ergonomic handle for easy usage. Furthermore, it is connected with a cable and due to its plastic housing, it is a lightweight. The scanner is well manufactured and has a modern design. Rubber protection secures the device against shocks or impact. The disadvantage of this cover is, however, that it is too loose and always slips or slides during use.

Scan Modes

In a few seconds, the device is ready for operation, only the cable has to be connected to the computer. The scanned barcodes are transported to open word processing programs or Excel. The connection is very easy and the scanning is self-explanatory (Plug and Play).

An advantage is the "Continuous Scan Mode", which allows the scanning of several products one after the other without having to press a button. The mode activates the laser continuously.

Also advantageous are various other modes and settings, such as setting the prefix or suffix. These settings remain stored even after the barcode scanner is switched off.

Please note

Unfortunately, the cable is a bit annoying, which makes it unmanageable for larger stores or large inventories. The cable can also only be removed with a pointed object, which is pierced at the end of the handle in a provided opening. This proved to be difficult in the test.

The operating instructions are kept simple and easy to understand.

We have evaluated about 150 customer reviews on the Internet. In summary, we can say that about 90 percent of the buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are a good 10 percent of users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 90% positive and 10% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Good workmanship
  • Very quick

Negative comments were made on the following points:

  • No CE and no RoHs marking on the device
Manufacturer TaoTronics
EAN 6950639002446
Supported barcodes UPC / EAN, UPC / UCC / EAN 128, Code 39, Code 39 Full ASCII, Code 128, and more
Not supported barcodes 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)
Scan type 1D barcode
Connection USB cable
Scans per second 300
Buffer memory None (wired)
Battery life None (wired)
Signal sound Yes
Scan distance 32 cm
Range None (wired)
Length of the power cable 180 cm
Supported languages EN, GER, IT
Quality impression Good
Weight 135 g
Manual language EN
Quality of instructions Satisfactory
Scope of delivery Scanner, USB cable, operating instructions

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Can the device be operated on a Windows RT tablet?
Will the scanner work on iMac?
How can the automatic scanning be switched off?
In the instruction manual of the scanner, there is a barcode with which the scanner can be programmed in a way that it only scans by pressing the button. There, one also finds a code with which one can adjust how many seconds the laser should remain on after pressing the button.


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