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What is a contact scanner?


What is a contact scanner?


A contact barcode scanner is a scanner which needs to make contact with the barcode -- or very nearly so -- in order to scan the code. Typically, contact scanners have a maximum effective range of about an inch, and a minimum range of zero inches (that is, pressed directly against the barcode). Because of their limited range, contact scanners are generally the most affordable barcode scanners available. Contact scanners are best used for light retail environments, and other situations where scanning distance is relatively small.

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