DataLogic Cobalto CO5300

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Cobalto CO5300 Presentation Barcode Scanners

The DataLogic Cobalto CO5300 has reached end of life. It has been replaced by the DataLogic Magellan 1500i.

Having an elegant blue 'Ring of Light' encircling its reading window, the Cobalto omni-directional presentation laser scanner is an aesthetically pleasing addition to your specialty or convenience store counter.

The Cobalto has taken the round shaped scanner and added features to set it apart from the rest. The blue light turns green to visually show a good read and the scanner will go to sleep when not in use to conserve energy. Programmable sounds and volume control can ensure your scanner matches the needs of your business, turning it up during peak hours and lowering it as to not distract shoppers. With just a touch of the capacitive trigger you can easily switch between an omni-directional scanner to a single line scan ideal for scanning products with multiple barcodes like lotto tickets.

Having reading pattern of 20 lines and 1,500 scans per second, Datalogic's Cobalto has one of the markets fastest 1D decoding rates. The adjustable scan head with 30° tilting allows for easy scans of larger products. Datalogic has also included a 3 year warranty and the USB cable so you can be scanning right out of the box for years to come.

  • Speedy 1,500 Scans Per Second 1D Scanning
  • Ring of Light Visual Good-read Confirmation
  • Configurable Polyphonic Speaker
  • Adjustable Scan Head with 30° Tilting
  • Checkpoint® Systems EAS Compatible
  • 3-Year Factory Warranty
Product Specifications
Dimensions 3.9 x 4.3 x 5.9 in / 9.9 x 11.0 x 15.0 cm
Weight 15.5 oz. / 440 g
Color Options Black
Interfaces Available Keyboard Wedge
Scan Method Omni-directional/ Single Line
Decoding Capabilities All standard 1D codes including
GS1 DataBar™ linear codes
GS1 DataBar Expanded Stacked
GS1 DataBar Stacked
GS1 DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional
Mobility/Range Corded 6 feet
Scan Rate (Maximum) 1500 lines per second
Print Contrast (Min) 35%
Typical Depth of Field Code 39 5 mils: 0.5 to 5.5 cm / 0.2 to 2.2 in
EAN / UPCA 13 mils: 0 to 27.5 cm / 0 to 10.8 in
Indicators Beepers, Plyphonic
Good Read Green Light
Auto Sense Mode Yes*
Touch capacitive trigger to wake
Operating Temperature 32 to 104 °F / 0 to 40 °C
Storage Temperature -40 to 158 °F / -40 to 70 °C
Drop Specification Designed to withstand repeated 4ft drops (1.2m) to concrete
Environmental Sealing IP30
Warranty 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty

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Datalogic Cobalto Scanner Video

Hi this is Travis with Today we're going to take a look at Datalogic's omnidirectional presentation scanner. They just released a brand new scanner, this is called the Cobalto. It is actually a laser presentation scanner. We haven't seen a new laser scanner for presentation barcode scanning in quite a while and this is the 800i Magellan. It has been out for a little while, it is a 1D and 2D barcode scanner. This is just a 1D barcode scanner. Where you would use these would be in similar situations. You could use it for point of sale. You could use it for attendance tracking if you were like a gym or a health club or something like that.

The Cobalto being a laser scanner, being more sleek and stylish has a better look on it. The 800i is pretty ordinary, it is kind of boxy looking but it is a very good scanner and it does do QR codes as well. So if you're going to be scanning QR codes off of a cellphone than you're going to need a 2D barcode scanner and you're going to have to go with the omnidirectional imager. The laser scanner that is a little more sexier has some advantages as well. For instance it has a single line mode. So when you take the barcode scanner it by default has a grid where it has several different lines, by press holding down your finger on the top of it it switches to a single line mode so you have just one laser coming out. WIth that single laser if you were scanning something like a cellphone box that has multiple barcodes all stacked together then you can be precise. You can scan just the barcode for the serial number or just the part number. With an omnidirectional imager it doesn't have the ability, it has just a field of light so anything within that field of light is what it is going to try to scan. So two different scanners with two different purposes.

We're going to compare the scanning capabilities of both barcode scanners and you can determine for yourself if you are more in the market for more of a laser scanner with some good cosmetics to it or if you're looking for performance with something that is a little less cosmetically appealing but very good function. I'm going to dim the lights here and show you the different scan patterns here. The dominant red light that you're seeing here is the 800i. It is LEDs and imaging so it works kind of like a flashlight. You see a big block of red light. Anywhere you put the barcode in the red light is where it is going to try and scan. If you look at the Cobalto you will see like a net pattern, I'm going to get closer for your. As you can see there is like a spider web. That is the omnidirectional capabilities of it. If a barcode gets lined up within that grid then that is when it will stand. If I switch to single line then it has just the single line for precision scanning. When you release it it goes back into the grid. So two different aiming patterns, you have your bright imaging light verses your web of light. So bright red light is obviously brighter too. If you don't want a bright scanner, if you want more just LEDs then the Cobalto has a cool look to it and you'll see the blue ring of light a lot more than you'll see the scanning pattern. Versus the Magellan where you will definitely see a bit of light.

With a presentation scanner it is meant to be hands free where you take the product to the barcode scanner, it doesn't move. Both of the barcode scanners are pivoting so you can aim the head. The Cobalto moves about 30 degrees. It goes from flat to angles up. The Magellan goes down or up so it has more range of motion for how you want to keep it pivoted. Generally you're not going to move it you're going to set it and leave it in place. Scanning wise you're just going to pass through, you have to find the sweet spot for this scanner. Once you do scanning is pretty easy. This is a UPC code, thermally printed and that is the Cobalto. With an omnidirectional laser, to scan a little better you kind of do a little twisting. What you're trying to do is get the laser aligned with the barcode. You can also move front and back, change your depth of field and twist it. Overall it does a good job of presenting. Once you get used to any hands free scanner it becomes really easy. The 800i is slightly more forgiving because it is an omnidirectional imager. You don't need to twist you just present the barcode into the light and it scans. Again you're going to want to play with your depth of field. There is a sweet spot that every scanner has. Once you find that sweet spot it scans.

I'm going to do a high speed simulation here. I have a drill. I have a barcode printed on it as well as another barcode there and then the barcode that is on on the can itself. In motion you can see it scanning and if I go to higher speeds it is still able to pick up the barcodes at full speed. The presentation scanner. Low speed picks it up fine. Pick up the speed a little and this is full speed again. So the motion tolerance is going to be similar. You're going to be able to move barcodes through the field of reading and it will pick it up similarly. One problem we had with the laser scanner is on glossy surfaces. So under our studio lights here it is actually a little bright. This is a glossy card and we have had problems reading in this scenario. The imager doesn't have the same kind of problem as the laser scanner. So keep that in mind depending on what kind of barcodes you're going to be scanning you may need one barcode scanner versus the other.

So this is the Cobalt and the Magellan 800i by Datalogic. Both are good scanners. They are kind of that mid-priced presentation scanner. The 800i has 2d scanning capability, it doesn't have quite the cosmetics of the Cobalto. The Cobalto is a little rounder, it has the blue ring, it also has a power saving mode when you don't use the scanner for a while the blue ring shuts down and it saves some power on it. To wake it up you touch the button on the top and it wakes it up the blue ring turns on to scan again. The Cobalto also has a polyphonic speaker on it so that you can do custom scan tones. If the default beep isn't quite to your liking or doesn't fit your business you can change it up. If you are a gaming shop you could use a gaming sound, if you're a health club you could use a sound appropriate to your type of business. You could also disable the sound altogether if your business is really loud or conversely it is very quiet where a beep would get in the way of the ambiance of your business. Then you can turn off the speaker, turn it very very quiet and then you're going to be looking for that green light, both in the ring and in the top to flash to know you got a good read without having to listen. For more information on presentation scanners, Datalogic Cobalto or the Magellan 800i please visit us at Thank you.