Zebra 3600 Ultra Rugged Scanner Performance Test

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Hi, Travis from POSGuys.com. This is the performance
video for the Rhino line of barcode scanners, the 3600 series. We also have a durability
test that shows how tough the scanners are, but this is going to be focused on barcode
scanning, this is going to show the range, what type of barcodes it can scan, under what
conditions it can scan, and the differences between the different scan engines. There’s
three versions of the scanner, the linear image version is a 1D barcode scanner, so
you get the single line, so you can scan 1D barcodes pretty easily, but your 2D barcodes
it can’t scan, it’s just not part of it. The upgrade for that is the SR version, so you
get a field of light with a dot, and then when you scan, you can scan at any angle,
and you can scan 1D and 2D barcodes. The upgrade for that is the high-performance version,
so it’s a white light with a laser reticle, this makes aiming a little easier, and you
can scan barcodes of all types and all sizes. So when scanning barcodes, you can of course
scan regular type barcodes fairly easily. We also printed some very tiny 3 mil barcodes,
so it has the ability to read these 3 mil barcodes, but if you really want to scan the
barcodes easily, then the 2D versions are much more adept at getting the small barcodes.
You can get close, and you can back out pretty good. So that’s about 6 inches away on the
very small 3 mil barcode. The HP goes a step further, not only can you
get the small barcodes from further away, but it scans kind of fuzzy barcodes even better.
So here’s a picture of a printer printing a barcode, and it can read that no problem,
and then on the back there’s an even smaller picture of a printer printing barcodes. So we also did some barcode inception here.
So we took a picture of the label that the scanner comes in, and it scans all the barcodes
just fine, both the linear version and the 2D versions. The linear version doesn’t quite
scan the part number one, that one’s a little fuzzier. And then what we did is we took a
picture of the picture, and then we checked to see what we could still scan. So the linear
version gets the bottom two, high performance gets the top 3. And just for the heck of it,
we took a picture of the picture of the picture, so as you can see, it’s very blurry, it’s
barely there, it’s very faded. What this represents is kind of a warn out barcode, one that’s
been sitting in the sun for a number of months, they kind of look like that where they’re
really hard to read. And your high performance still reads the bottom two barcodes just fine,
it’s not quite able to read the top barcodes, but your less dense, big barcodes, it reads
just fine. The linear imager version also can get that one barcode that is pretty legible. The 3600 scans well in normal conditions of
course, but also in bright light, so if you’re scanning in a warehouse or in sunlight, then
it also reads just fine. Without seeing the reticle, you can still kind of point and shoot.
We printed this on a flashy media that normally is a lot harder for scanners to read because
of the reflection, but as you can see it reads just fine, no matter what angle we angle the
barcode at. I’m going to show the range test. Right now
I’m doing the SR version, and you can go back about 20 feet, but one thing to note about
the bright red reticle on a red light, it’s a little difficult to see at range, it’s hard
to find the center. Here we have the HP, which is a white light with red crosshairs, that
is a lot easier to see at range, you’re kind of looking for the brightest point where the
two crosshairs meet, and you just put that right on the barcode and it’s pretty easy
to scan, you can go back a bit further, in this video I was able to go back 3 or 4 feet,
maybe 5 feet more, a lot easier to line up though. Lastly we have the LI version of it,
this is really easy to scan at range, because it’s just a single beam, so as soon as the
barcode is read, you basically get the scan on it. The scan engine itself isn’t quite
as bright, so you kind of have some concerns that way, but overall it’s pretty good at
scanning from range. Lastly we’re going to give an alternative view, this is me walking
backwards so you can kind of see how far I’m able to get. Definitely you have enough range
if you’re scanning a high shelf and you have a large barcode or if you’re scanning from
a forklift or something like that. Overall the Rhino scans as well as any scanner
we’ve had. The HP performance is particularly good, but it does cost a bit more, so the
SR 2D is probably our favorite version of the scanner. The LI does very well for a 1D
scanner, but in a warehouse environment, we recommend going with a 2D scanner, it just
makes it a lot easier where you don’t have to line up barcodes and you also get that
ability to scan 2D barcodes should your warehouse shift over to using them. For more information
on the Rhino line, or to view additional videos including our durability video, please visit
us at POSGuys.com. Thanks!

 

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