Handheld scanners are the most common type of barcode reader. These are used in general point of sale applications. Most handheld scanners have a hands free option when using with a stand. A companion scanner is a Bluetooth or batch mode scanner that are smaller. Often times these scanners are used in conjunction with a phone or tablet. In counter scanners are used for the purpose of a point of sale lane.
Most barcode scanners are either USB or Bluetooth. There are some applications that require a serial or parallel interface.
All 2D barcode readers can read 1D barcodes. An example of a 2D barcode is a QR code.
For the most part, a rugged scanner is unlikely needed. Rugged scanners are used in warehouses or in applications where they could be dropped.
Depending on the software you are using, you may be required to use a specific type of barcode reader. If you have question or concerns, please reach out to one of our specialist. We can ensure that the scanner you are purchasing is compatible with the software you are using.