From supermarket shopping to club hopping, warehouse management, and asset tracking, nearly everything nowadays needs a barcode to function. While barcode scanning may seem like an outdated technology, a barcode scanner is far from being obsolete. As a matter of fact, recent developments like handheld barcode scanners, wireless barcode scanners, and USB barcode scanners or readers are all proof that barcode scanning is still very much a relevant technology in the modern world.
A USB barcode scanner is a huge step up from traditional barcode scanners, which required different types of connectors that may or may not be compatible with certain systems. This compatibility issue often places the burden of replacing scanners to match connectors or vice versa in the hands of business owners—an issue that is even more expensive than it is frustrating, especially when barcode scanners play a critical role in day to day business operations.
The development of USB barcode scanner pretty much got rid of this connectivity problem. With the mass adoption of USB or Universal Serial Bus as a connection standard, users can plug their devices into nearly anything, including barcode scanners. Provided that you have the proper software, your barcode scanner will work seamlessly with your system using a USB connector. Other technical benefits to using USB scanners are as follows:
- Low-power consumption;
- Long-distance transmission
What sets this type of barcode scanner ahead of other configurations is that it enables the device to run on a wide range of devices, be it your laptop, your cash register, or even your phone. Most types of USB scanners are also designed to be directly powered via the USB connection, which eliminates the need to replace or charge batteries every so often. USB technology is a welcome addition to barcode scanning as it makes the task fast, secure, cost-efficient, and extremely convenient.