Zebra DS2208 Product Review – POSGuys.com

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Hi, this is Travis with POSGuys.com. This is the first look at the DS22 series
of barcode scanner. It’s the long awaited 2D retail model coming
out for them. It combines sort of the functionality of the
DS4308 with the affordability of the LS2208. The DS22 series is a retail focused barcode
scanner. It has your standard gooseneck stand available. When in the stand, it’s automatically hands
free, any barcode that passes into the field of light gets sent directly to the PC. If you take it out of the stand, it switches
into a trigger mode. The trigger has a single beam reticle, and
when you press the trigger you can see the field of light. Being a retail barcode scanner, it of course
scans 1D barcodes. It gets damaged barcodes and faded barcodes
pretty well. This third barcode is faded out pretty strongly,
it scans it. These two barcodes are damaged, parts of the
barcodes are worn out, scratched, faded, it gets those. This scanner even gets colored barcodes, this
is a red barcode, red is typically almost impossible for scanners to get, but it scans
just fine. Being a 2D capable barcode scanner means two
things. One is it can scan the newer barcodes like
QR codes, shipping labels, like PDF417 or Datamatrix. It also means it can scan off of the screen. So things like mobile couponing with a cell
phone, it has the ability to scan those. The DS2208 also does very well in bright light,
like if you’re outdoors in a garden center or you have some kind of big interior lights,
I’m going to take the red barcode, which is typically very hard to see, and it scans with
the light right on it. So that’s generally the worst combination
of it. Here’s the worn out barcode. If you’re setting up a new retail establishment
or you’re upgrading your point of sale system, definitely take a look at the DS2208 series. Its priced a little bit more than the LS2208,
but it’s below the DS4308. 2D barcode scanning is a great thing, not only can you do screens
and QR codes, but it adds efficiency because you don’t have to line up barcodes any more. Instead of having the line have to go across
the barcode, it just has to be around it. The field of light surrounds the barcode,
it takes a picture, and it scans it. So much more efficient way to scan, and its
definitely worth considering when you’re upgrading your point of sale system. The DS2208 is available in white and grey,
USB is the most common interface, keyboard wedge, serial are also available if you’re
using a legacy system. The stand is optional, you can get a kit with
the stand, or you can opt to go without it if you’re going to primarily use the trigger. For more information on the DS2208 or to purchase,
please visit us at POSGuys.com. Thanks!


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