Having a quality barcode scanner not only speeds up my workflow, but also minimizes the margin for manually typed in errors. This not only saves time, but also money. Barcode scanners help me with sales, returns and inventory.
This review is on the Esky ES013 Bluetooth/Wired Handheld Barcode Scanner. This scanner by Esky comes in a neat small package, but has some pretty neat features. The package included the barcode scanner, a USB cable, a wireless USB Bluetooth dongle and a quick start guide with a plethora of printed barcodes, to help initialize the scanner.
One of the great things about this scanner is it’s ability to be used via USB cable or via Bluetooth. This enables it to be used in so many applications, such as with a computer, POS, iPhones and Android smartphones and tablets. Being that there are so many POS apps on android and iPads, this device really comes in handy.
Setting up the device with my computer via USB cable was as easy as plugging it into my computer and pressing the trigger on the scanner. Immediately, scanned barcodes were transformed to numbers on my computer screen. Using it with Bluetooth was also simple. After plugging in the USB Bluetooth dongle, I opened up the Bluetooth settings by clicking on the little icon near the clock in my task bar. From there, I scanned for new devices and selected the barcode scanner from the list. The name came up as random numbers. I then entered the default code, which was 10010 and after a few seconds it was connected.
Connecting it to my Android phone was as simple as connecting it to the computer with Bluetooth. I went to the Bluetooth menu on the phone, selected the device and entered the code, and I was in.
The barcode scanner makes a beeping sound when it scans a barcode, which in my opinion is a nice feature as it gives audible feedback that something was scanned, although I haven’t found a way to turn it off.
Due to it’s built in 1500 mAh battery, the scanner could be used full time for about a week before it needs to be charged again. It’s built in Inventory mode is great as it allows me to scan multiple barcodes to the buffer and uploads them all when I am ready. A full detailed manual was not included in the package, but I was able to find one pretty easily by googling: “ct10 barcode scanner”.
I received this barcode scanner at a discounted rate in exchange for my honest review, and these are my unbiased thoughts on the product.
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