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, 8001, DATA COLLECTION TERMINAL, LINEAR IMAGER, 2MB, LION BATTERY, QUICK BRIDGE UTILITY SOFTWARE
3800G UNIT;LINEAR IMAGER;COMM I/F;ROHS IVORY UNIT.
CK32IS Wireless Mobile Computer (Standard Software, 56-Key, Linear Imager, Bluetooth, Windows Mobile and 802.11-Euro)
SR30 Linear Imager Kit (Area Imager EA15 and RS232)
CK31 Wireless Mobile Computer (Standard Configuration, 52-Key Keypad, US Overlay, Linear Imager, No Bluetooth, Standard System Options, ROHS and 802.11b-g-FCC)
CK71, Windows Embedded Handheld OS Premium, WWE, Numeric/FKey keypad, EV12 Linear Imager, No Camera, WLAN Only, 512MB RAM/1GB Flash, Dual-Band 802.11n WLAN, Bluetooth and Battery Pack. Cables and charging/communications cradles not included
SR61A Cordless Scanner Kit (Vista Linear Imager, Battery, Charger, Power Supply, Bluetooth and Adapter SR61BV0400 US)
SR30 Linear Imager Kit (Area Imager EA15 and USB Cable)
3800i Industrial Linear Image Scanner (True RS232 Orange)
QuickScan QS6500BT Linear Imager with Bluetooth (IBM46XX POS-12, R) - Color: Gray
Datalogic PowerScan 7100BT Industrial Handheld Linear Imager Bar Code Reader (No Pointer) - Color: Black/Black
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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.