I purchased this TaoTronics Bluetooth Barcode Scanner for a front end to my inventory management software, which supports multiple warehouses and sites where I need to inventory what's there, and check items into and out of various locations. I needed something that was battery
I purchased this TaoTronics Bluetooth Barcode Scanner for a front end to my inventory management software, which supports multiple warehouses and sites where I need to inventory what's there, and check items into and out of various locations. I needed something that was battery operated and inexpensive as it would take a beating and will likely need to be replaced occasionally due to abuse. A key feature I needed was to store scans in memory when away from an inventory terminal. I purchased one scanner to see how well it worked, thinking I would buy more if it served my needs well or write it off if it didn't. I've found that it scans all of our bar codes and does a very decent job of scanning smeared or damaged barcodes. On damaged barcodes, it might take two or three scans but my more expensive scanners no better. It has an inventory mode where it will store scans in memory then dump them into my inventory system when back at the inventory terminal. This feature works quite well for me. One thing you have to remember if you're going to use it in inventory mode is you have to make sure to switch it before driving off with it. There is no way to switch it other than scanning the inventory mode barcode in the user's manual. I made that mistake once then printed that portion of the manual and now have it on a laminated card that I keep with the scanner - problem solved. The manual can only take so much wear and tear and I wore it out quickly. I raise this point because all of the configuration functions of the scanner have to be accomplished by scanning barcodes in the manual. Fortunately the manual is available in PDF format from TaoTronic's web site. I printed a new manual on heavier stock and I'm good to go. I had no problems pairing the scanner with my Windows based Bluetooth enabled inventory terminals. For grins, I paired it with my Apple MacBook Pro just to see if it was Apple friendly. It paired just fine and worked with my Apple Numbers speadsheet. Not sure if that's important for me but it's nice to know. Overall, I conclude that this scanner is well designed, it does what the manufacturer says it will do. It has held up to a lot of abuse, drops, etc. and is still working great and looks like it will hold up for considerable time to come. It is inexpensive enough that when it finally gets beat to death, I can replace it a lot cheaper than having one of my more expensive scanners repaired (the whole reason why I tried this TaoTronics scanner). As they break, I'll replace them with a TaoTronics unit and save money. There is only one complaint I have with the TaoTronics. It doesn't have a belt hook built in. I'l have to buy some holsters - probably a better idea anyway. After several weeks of considerable use, it's a keeper and I'll be buying more.