I'm looking to find a Bluetooth 2D Barcode scanner. I work at a local schoolboard and we receive shipments of Chromebooks for student use, so we have to tag and inventory each unit by inventory number and serial number.

The boxes have a QR code (which contains the serial number) and we place a standard UPC barcode on them. I've been using an Android phone to scan these, but it takes more time than a scanner usually does (focusing camera, etc).

I just have four requirements:

  1. Reads QR and standard barcodes (UPC). Datamatrix codes would be nice too, but necessary.
  2. Uses bluetooth, not a 2.4Ghz receiver.
  3. Under $250
  4. Easy to read instructions, in English.

I had found this scanner, but when we went to order it, it became unavailable. So, now I'm on the hunt for a new one and thought I'd ask here.

  • Out of curiosity, why does it have to be bluetooth?
    – Andy
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 4:43
  • @Andy Mainly because I can't do the scanning near a computer, for space reasons, and I didn't want a proprietary receiver dongle that we could easily lose. Bluetooth is cross-platform and if we do our scanning off-site, we can use our phones to hold and upload the scanned data.
    – reeeky2001
    Commented Oct 14, 2016 at 12:23
  • @reeeky2001 - The wireless ones from Symbol don't have a dongle. they have a charging cradle that connects via USB Commented Oct 14, 2016 at 12:29

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Having done many ERP integrations in warehouses and retail, there was pretty much one wireless barcode scanner that stood out and that was Symbol (now Zebra).

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They do make a Bluetooth scanner - DS6878SR and given your (increased) budget this should work nicely.

Personally, I wouldn't go for the smaller name scanners. Symbol is an industry standard and their reliability is unmatched.

  • Thanks for the suggestion. I've suggested the DS6878-SR as the LS4278 doesn't do 2D.
    – reeeky2001
    Commented Oct 14, 2016 at 17:26
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    Forgot to mention, I got the boss to increase the budget on it. But big time thanks for reminding me of Zebra. We used Moto scanners all the time when I worked retail.
    – reeeky2001
    Commented Oct 14, 2016 at 17:27
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    Just wanted to thank you again. I received my DS6878 yesterday and got it working as I needed it to.
    – reeeky2001
    Commented Nov 10, 2016 at 16:49

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