Zebra DS3678

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DS3678 Industrial Barcode Scanner

This product replaces the older Symbol DS3578.

For ultra rugged cordless 2D scanning, Zebra's DS3678 is a standout addition to this category.

The cordless DS3678 is built with bluetooth 4.0, providing rapid response wireless communication and the lowest output of energy for a powerful yet long lasting performance. With a radio range up to 300ft, you will have the ability to roam your workspace with ease, knowing all of your scans are being captured. Zebra has also built a complete solution that includes a sealed rugged cradle, a smart battery and Zebra’s Wi-Fi Friendly Mode that prevents interference with your Wi-Fi network.

Being able to withstand temperatures as cold as -22° F, drops from 8' to concrete and full submersion up to 30 minutes, the Ultra Rugged DS3678 2D imager is one tough scanner. Best in warehouse and manufacturing, the housing of the DS3608 was built tough to limit down time of the powerful 2D scan engines that can easily read barcodes from near contact to over 5' away on the Standard Range model. Understanding that every workplace is different, Zebra is offering multiple scan engine options to ensure the optimal use and highest value for a rugged 2D imager on the market today.

Zebra offers device management with 123Scan. 123Scan allow you to remotely upgrade your firmware, format data and monitor PowerPrecision+ battery health and stats. This is a free service offered by Zebra.

    Scan Engine Options
  • SR - Standard Range - Near Contact to 1.5m (5ft)
  • HP - High Performance - OCR and Near Contact to 2.1m (7ft)
  • HD - High Density - 3mil Codes
  • DP - Direct Parts
  • ER - Extended Range - Near Contact to 21.4m (70ft)**
    Rugged Features
  • Operating Temp from -22° F to 122° F
  • Multiple 8' drops to concrete
  • Up to 5,000 3.3ft tumbles
  • IP65 (IP67 on some options)
  • Full Submersion up to 30min
** The Extended Range and DP scan engines will not be available until late in 2016.

Zebra DS3678 Reviews

POSGuys Rating:

Feb 2017: This is the current king of industrial scanners, Zebra classifies it as an "Ultra Rugged Barcode Scanner" and our testing validates that claim. From freezing it, running it over with a car, lighting it on fire, to smashing it against concrete, it really is almost indestructible. As far as the scanning goes the SR version would work for most scenarios, it scans a tad worse than the HP and it's reticle isn't as high tech (dot instead of cross hairs), but it's lower cost makes sense. Bluetooth range is excellent you can walk out of sight line from the base and still get a scan, the battery lasts a long time and is easily changed out for another one without having to use tools. The battery charge indicator on the top of the unit is a nice touch.

Customer Reviews

Frequestly Asked Questions

Product Video Transcript

Zebra 3600 Performance Test Video

Hi, Travis from POSGuys.com. This is the performance video for the Rhino line of barcode scanners, the 3600 series. We also have a durability test that shows how tough the scanners are, but this is going to be focused on barcode scanning, this is going to show the range, what type of barcodes it can scan, under what conditions it can scan, and the differences between the different scan engines. There's three versions of the scanner, the linear image version is a 1D barcode scanner, so you get the single line, so you can scan 1D barcodes pretty easily, but your 2D barcodes it can't scan, it's just not part of it. The upgrade for that is the SR version, so you get a field of light with a dot, and then when you scan, you can scan at any angle, and you can scan 1D and 2D barcodes. The upgrade for that is the high-performance version, so it's a white light with a laser reticle, this makes aiming a little easier, and you can scan barcodes of all types and all sizes.

So when scanning barcodes, you can of course scan regular type barcodes fairly easily. We also printed some very tiny 3 mil barcodes, so it has the ability to read these 3 mil barcodes, but if you really want to scan the barcodes easily, then the 2D versions are much more adept at getting the small barcodes. You can get close, and you can back out pretty good. So that's about 6 inches away on the very small 3 mil barcode.

The HP goes a step further, not only can you get the small barcodes from further away, but it scans kind of fuzzy barcodes even better. So here's a picture of a printer printing a barcode, and it can read that no problem, and then on the back there's an even smaller picture of a printer printing barcodes.

So we also did some barcode inception here. So we took a picture of the label that the scanner comes in, and it scans all the barcodes just fine, both the linear version and the 2D versions. The linear version doesn't quite scan the part number one, that one's a little fuzzier. And then what we did is we took a picture of the picture, and then we checked to see what we could still scan. So the linear version gets the bottom two, high performance gets the top 3. And just for the heck of it, we took a picture of the picture of the picture, so as you can see, it's very blurry, it's barely there, it's very faded. What this represents is kind of a warn out barcode, one that's been sitting in the sun for a number of months, they kind of look like that where they're really hard to read. And your high performance still reads the bottom two barcodes just fine, it's not quite able to read the top barcodes, but your less dense, big barcodes, it reads just fine. The linear imager version also can get that one barcode that is pretty legible.

The 3600 scans well in normal conditions of course, but also in bright light, so if you're scanning in a warehouse or in sunlight, then it also reads just fine. Without seeing the reticle, you can still kind of point and shoot. We printed this on a flashy media that normally is a lot harder for scanners to read because of the reflection, but as you can see it reads just fine, no matter what angle we angle the barcode at.

I'm going to show the range test. Right now I'm doing the SR version, and you can go back about 20 feet, but one thing to note about the bright red reticle on a red light, it's a little difficult to see at range, it's hard to find the center. Here we have the HP, which is a white light with red crosshairs, that is a lot easier to see at range, you're kind of looking for the brightest point where the two crosshairs meet, and you just put that right on the barcode and it's pretty easy to scan, you can go back a bit further, in this video I was able to go back 3 or 4 feet, maybe 5 feet more, a lot easier to line up though. Lastly we have the LI version of it, this is really quick scanner range, because it's just a single beam, so as soon as the barcode is read, you basically get the scan on it. The scan engine itself isn't quite as bright, so you kind of have some concerns that way, but overalll it's pretty good at scanning from range. Lastly we're going to give an alternative view, this is me walking backwards so you can kind of see how far I'm able to get. Definitely you have enough range if you're scanning a high shelf and you have a large barcode or if you're scanning from a forklift or something like that.

Overall the Rhino scans as well as any scanner we've had. The HP performance is particularly good, but it does cost a bit more, so the SR 2D is probably our favorite version of the scanner. The LI does very well for a 1D scanner, but in a warehouse environment, we recommend going with a 2D scanner, it just makes it a lot easier where you don't have to line up barcodes and you also get that ability to scan 2D barcodes should your warehouse shift over to using them. For more information on the Rhino line, or to view additional videos including our durability video, please visit us at POSGuys.com. Thanks!

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7.5ft. AC Line Cord, For Use with PWRS-14000-148R and PWR-BGA12V50W0WW
Zebra Cable, Shielded 7' USB A Straight Cable
Standard Cradle for 3678 Family Scanners, Bluetooth **Cradle Only, Cable and Power Supply Not Included
Cradle for 3678 Scanners, Sealed IP64 Rated, Bluetooth, Multi Interface
3 Year Zebra One Care Select Advanced Exchange Comprehensive Coverage for DS3678, Scanner Only, Must be purchased within 30 days.
Power Supply (Formerly Motorola), Requires DC Line Cord CBL-DC-388A1-01 & AC Line Cord 23844-00-00R, Replaces PWRS-14000-148R (Presentation Cradle)
7.5ft. DC Cable For Use with Power Supply Brick PWR-BGA12V50W0WW
Battery - Spare Battery For Zebra 36XX Family Scanners DS3600 , LS3600 , LI3600 Series (Batteries must be shipped via ground shipping)
4 Slot Battery Charger for 3600 Series Battery; Power Supply & AC Line Cord Required - Order Separately (AC Line Cord CBL-DC-388A1-01 and Power Brick PWR-BGA12V50W0WW)
Zebra Presentation Cradle and Mobile Computer Power Kit (Three Piece) - Includes power supply (PWR-BGA12V50W0WW), Line Cord (23844-00-00R), and DC Line Cord (CBL-DC-375A1-01). (Presentation Cradle or Mobile Computer Only)
RS232 Scanner Kit, includes interface cable and power supply

Previously Available Accessories