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They just released a brand new scanner, this is called the Cobalto. It is actually a laser presentation scanner. It has been out for a little while, it is a 1D and 2D barcode scanner. This is just a 1D barcode scanner. Where you would use these would be in similar situations. You could use it for point of sale.
You could use it for attendance tracking if you were like a gym or a health club or something like that. The Cobalto being a laser scanner, being more sleek and stylish has a better look on it. The i is pretty ordinary, it is kind of boxy looking but it is a very good scanner and it does do QR codes as well.
The laser scanner that is a little more sexier has some advantages as well. For instance it has a single line mode. So when you take the barcode scanner it by default has a grid where it has several different lines, by press holding down your finger on the top of it it switches to a single line mode so you have just one laser coming out. WIth that single laser if you were scanning something like a cellphone box that has multiple barcodes all stacked together then you can be precise.
You can scan just the barcode for the serial number or just the part number. So two different scanners with two different purposes. It is LEDs and imaging so it works kind of like a flashlight. You see a big block of red light. Anywhere you put the barcode in the red light is where it is going to try and scan. As you can see there is like a spider web. That is the omnidirectional capabilities of it. If a barcode gets lined up within that grid then that is when it will stand.
If I switch to single line then it has just the single line for precision scanning. When you release it it goes back into the grid. So two different aiming patterns, you have your bright imaging light verses your web of light. So bright red light is obviously brighter too. Versus the Magellan where you will definitely see a bit of light. Both of the barcode scanners are pivoting so you can aim the head. The Cobalto moves about 30 degrees. It goes from flat to angles up. The Magellan goes down or up so it has more range of motion for how you want to keep it pivoted.
Once you do scanning is pretty easy. This is a UPC code, thermally printed and that is the Cobalto. With an omnidirectional laser, to scan a little better you kind of do a little twisting. You can also move front and back, change your depth of field and twist it. Overall it does a good job of presenting. Once you get used to any hands free scanner it becomes really easy.
The i is slightly more forgiving because it is an omnidirectional imager. There is a sweet spot that every scanner has. Once you find that sweet spot it scans. I have a drill. I have a barcode printed on it as well as another barcode there and then the barcode that is on on the can itself. In motion you can see it scanning and if I go to higher speeds it is still able to pick up the barcodes at full speed.
The presentation scanner. Low speed picks it up fine. Pick up the speed a little and this is full speed again. So the motion tolerance is going to be similar. One problem we had with the laser scanner is on glossy surfaces. So under our studio lights here it is actually a little bright. This is a glossy card and we have had problems reading in this scenario. So this is the Cobalt and the Magellan i by Datalogic. Both are good scanners. They are kind of that mid-priced presentation scanner.
To wake it up you touch the button on the top and it wakes it up the blue ring turns on to scan again. The Cobalto also has a polyphonic speaker on it so that you can do custom scan tones. You could also disable the sound altogether if your business is really loud or conversely it is very quiet where a beep would get in the way of the ambiance of your business.
Datalogic Magellan 800i Reference Manual
They just released a brand new scanner, this is called the Cobalto. It is actually a laser presentation scanner. It has been out for a little while, it is a 1D and 2D barcode scanner. This is just a 1D barcode scanner. Where you would use these would be in similar situations.
DATALOGIC Magellan 800i