Symbol LS4278

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LS4278 Barcode Scanner

The Symbol LS4278 has reached end of life. It has been replaced by the Zebra LI4278.

Symbol's LS4278 handheld barcode scanner utilizes Bluetooth wireless personal area networking (WPAN) to improve productivity and mobility in heavy retail and light industrial settings. The LS4278 barcode reader withstands drops of up to 5 feet and its base unit provides reliable charging through hundreds of thousands of insertions.

A single, universal cable connects the base unit of the LS4278 barcode scanner to any computing environment. Scanning up to 32,000 barcodes per charge, the handheld reader exhibits long battery life. This particular model is also multi point-to-point compatible, allowing up to three LS4278 wireless scanners to utilize the same base unit, lowering the total cost of ownership for a complete scanning solution.

The USB Interface Kits can charge via USB, the power supply and line cord only speed the charging process.

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Product Specifications
Dimensions Scanner: 7.3 x 3.85 x 2.7 in
Cradle: 2.0 in x 8.35 x 3.4 in
Weight Scanner: ~8.4 oz./238 g
Cradle: ~6.4 oz./183 g
Color Options Cash Register White
Twilight Black
Interfaces Available LS4278 cradle features on-board multiple interface with: RS-232C (Standard, Nixdorf, ICL and Fujitsu); IBM; 468x/469x; keyboard wedge; USB (Standard, IBM SurePOS, Macintosh); laser/wand emulation. In addition, Synapse adaptive connectivity allows for connectivity to all of the above plus many non-standard interfaces.
Scan Method Rasterizing Laser Scanner
Decoding Capabilities Standard 1D Barcodes
Mobility/Range Bluetooth v1.2 Class 2 (2.402 to 2.480 GHz)
Minimum 33 ft./10 m; typical warehouse environment 50 ft./15 m
Battery 720maH NiMH
Operating Time 32,000 Scans per Charge
Recharge Time < 3 hours via external power / ~4.5 hours via host power through cable
Scan Rate (Maximum) 200 decodes per second
Reading Angle Roll: +/- 35°
Pitch: 60°
Skew: 60°
Print Contrast (Min.) 25% minimum reflectance
Typical Depth of Field 5 mil (Code 39): 1.5 to 5.5 in. (3.81 to 13.97 cm)
13 mil (100% UPC/EAN): 0 to 19 in. (0 to 48.25 cm)
10 mil (Code 39): 0 to 14 in. (0 to 35.56 cm)
20 mil (Code 39): 0 to 29 in. (0 to 73.66 cm)
Indicators Visible Light
Auto Sense Mode No
Operating Temperature 32° to 122° F/0° to 50° C
Drop Specification Withstands multiple 5 ft./1.5 m drops to concrete
Environmental Sealing n/a
Ambient Light (Max) Immune to normal artificial indoor and natural
Stand No, Charging Cradle
Warranty 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty

Symbol LS4278 Reviews

POSGuys Rating:

We like the Symbol LS4278 wireless barcode reader because it scans 1-D barcodes from any angle with a rastering scan pattern, making this wireless barcode scanner an ideal choice for a point of sale environment where scanning heavy or hard-to-reach items in shopping carts is a challenge. The rastering feature also reads low-profile and poorly generated barcodes the first time around, so you can say goodbye to re-scanning.

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RS232-DB9 Cable, 9ft Coiled
RS-232 Serial Cable, 20ft
Synapse Adapter Cable, 9ft
Symbol 1-Year Service Center Warranty - Bronze Package (must be purchased within 15 days of scanner purchase)
Symbol 3-Year Service From the Start - Bronze Package (must be purchased within 15 days of scanner purchase)
Symbol 3-Year Service From the Start - Gold Package (must be purchased within 15 days of scanner purchase)
9 ft. Keyboard Wedge Cable for DS9808
USB Interface Cable (Original Part)
100-230 VAC Power Supply Only, (Line Cord Required)
7.5ft. AC Line Cord, For Use with PWRS-14000-148R and PWR-BGA12V50W0WW
Replacement Battery for LI4278, LS4278, and DS6878 Barcode Scanners (Batteries must be shipped via ground shipping)
7.5ft. DC Cable For Use with Power Supply Brick PWR-BGA12V50W0WW
Standard Cradle Power Supply, Level VI AC/DC Power Supply Wall Adapter, w/Captive DC cable and US Adapter Clip AC Input: 100-240V, 0.2A DC Output: 5.2V, 1.1A, 5.7W (Standard Cradle Only)

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