Linear imagers are typically more cost-effective than laser barcode scanners, and they do not have moving parts that can break or become misaligned.
CIPHERLAB, 8300, MOBILE COMPUTER, LINEAR IMAGER, 2MB SRAM, BLUETOOTH, 802.11B/G, 24 KEY, US, REPLACES T8331RC200201
CIPHERLAB, 1166, SCANNER, LINEAR IMAGER, BLUETOOTH , SCANNER ONLY, REQUIRES CABLE AND BASE/CHARGER, REPLACES S1166RS0N0001
Datalogic PowerScan PBT7100 Linear Imager, PowerScan 7100BT Industrial Handheld Linear Imager Barcode Reader (Keyboard wedge Kit, with Pointer Base, Power supply, Power cord, Cable CAB-436)
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Given our economic state, I think it makes sense to look at your technology equipment and see if you or your company can invest a little in your current technology and get more usefulness out of it.
Most brands of barcode printers can be purchased with print servers built into the printer. Within the feature of the print server (depending on the printer) it can email alert you that it is in an error condition, or even if it is out of paper.