Please Read Before Buying a Mobile Scanner
The following Mobile Scanner buying guide provided by Finale Inventory and Barcode-Arena
We STRONGLY RECOMMEND buying from our partners. They stand behind and service the products that they sell. They provide outstanding customer support, and pre-configure and install our software so they are ready-to-go, out of the box.
If you choose not to purchase your mobile barcode scanner from our recommended partners, BE ADVISED of the following:
Here is what you need to know about other, popular internet, shopping/marketplaces for inexpensive sources of scanners:
1) Many are Internet Drop-Shippers / E-commerce Internet Trolls - They will not service or support what you buy from them.
2) Many offer a Cheap Price to entice you to buy but will treat you like you paid a cheap price, no service, and support
3) Many offer a Cheap Price to compensate for post-sale support incompetency
4) Most have No Warranties, or the conditions are not specified
5) Some have 7-Day to 90-Day "Cheapo Warranty", not Depot.
6) Many are "fly by night" robots that are extremely difficult to get hold of via phone or email.
7) Many devices come locked with another company's software because they are unable to refurbish to newest factory-state updates.
8) Dead or used batteries are VERY common
9) Chargers not included
10) Almost all of them do not have ALL of the required software installed on the devices and will not work out-of-the-box.
Finale Inventory support will not provide phone assistance for substandard, misconfigured, incomplete, or out-of-date mobile OS installations on scanners not bought from our partners. We will do our best to provide you with troubleshooting links. We cannot spend time on the phone to repair or reconfigure sub-standard units, BUYER BEWARE. That is why we Highly Recommend you purchase from our partners, who are outstanding companies, that will ensure your investment in any mobile scanner equipment will work correctly out-of-the-box or will make it right.
DO NOT BUY - NOT COMPATIBLE
PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE BUYING
Platform - Windows CE 4, Windows CE 5.0, Windows CE 6.0, Windows CE 7.0 (Windows Embedded Compact 7.0)
Models - MC9060 Series, MC3090 Series (Windows CE), MC3190 Series (Windows CE), MC9090 Series (Windows CE), MC9190 Series (Windows CE), MC9200 Series (Windows CE), WT4090 Series (Windows CE), WT41N0 Series (Windows CE)
These are example home screens of the mobile scanner OS that are NOT Compatible:
GOOD Models to buy - COMPATIBLE
Platform - Windows Mobile 6.1, Windows Mobile 6.5, Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5
Models - MC70 Series, MC75/MC75A Series - Best Bang for you Buck, MC55/MC55A Series, MC65 Series, MC67 Series, MC9090 Series, MC9190 Series, MC9200 Series
These are example home screens of the mobile scanner OS that ARE COMPATIBLE:
Minimum Barcode Scanner Requirements
Operating system: Windows® Mobile 6.0, 6.1, or 6.5
Wireless technology: 802.11a/b/g radio; Bluetooth®
RAM: 64MB RAM/128MB flash memory
Scanner: 1D laser scanner or 2D imager
PC and OS and Browser
Computer: PC or Virtual PC running Windows 7, 8.0, 8.1, or 10.0
Browser: Google Chrome browser, 64-bit preferred
The GOLD subscription plan and above have Barcode support and features but do not come with any hardware. You must purchase all required hardware yourself. We do have partners that we recommend, because the units will work out of the box, but you may purchase from anyone you wish. Finale Inventory technical support will be available to assist you installing our software and connecting it to your account. We do not provide phone support for substandard, misconfigured, incomplete, or out-of-date mobile OS installations. If you already have the hardware and it is in good functioning order, you may be able to use it. Compare it to the Good/Compatible models above. We have documentation in our Quick Start Guide on how to setup and configure a scanner.
Preferred Models and Vendors
Recommended Mobile Scanner
Recommended scanner: Motorola/Symbol MC75 with Bluetooth and WiFi
Enterprise Data Resources, Inc.
main (770) 973-2862
fax (770) 579-4484
Recommended Label Printers
There are many different models and configurations of Zebra Printers. Each one is available with options for connectivity using USB, WiFi, Wired Ethernet, and Bluetooth. Please evaluate your requirements and select the appropriate model configuration.
For Barcode Label Printers: RECOMMEND Zebra GK420t
Call and speak with Pat Donovan at Barcodes Inc for additional models and configuration options.
Contact: Pat Donovan, Senior Account Manager
phone: 800-351-9962 x4807
For Barcode Labels: The initial default labels in a new Finale Inventory account are 1" x 2-5/8" for product and location labels and 2" x 4" for receiving labels. These are pre-made, label templates in both single, thermal label format and full sheet-style labels. You are not limited to these sizes. You may create new label templates to match any size you require. Below are some examples of different labels sizes:
RL2763DT - 2.625" x 1" Thermal Roll Labels - 1" Core / 4" Outer Diameter (1800 labels) https://www.onlinelabels.com/products/RL2763DT.htm?src=mp-49
RL928DT - 3" x 1" Thermal Roll Labels - 1" Core / 4" Outer Diameter(1375 labels) https://www.onlinelabels.com/products/RL928DT.htm?src=mp-49
RL779DT - 4" x 1" Thermal Roll Labels - 1" Core / 4" Outer Diameter(1375 labels) https://www.onlinelabels.com/products/RL779DT.htm?src=mp-49
RL781DT - 4" x 2" Thermal Roll Labels - 1" Core / 4" Outer Diameter(730 labels) https://www.onlinelabels.com/products/RL781DT.htm?src=mp-49
For printing barcodes, you will not need any additional software. Finale Inventory has barcode label printing support built right in. You can print labels using a normal inkjet or laser printer. We support a variety of standard full sheet label sizes, that can be customized to meet your needs. Ask your Finale Inventory Customer support manager for assistance.