Symbol LS9203 Review Review

Symbol LS9203
Product: LS9203
Manufacturer: Symbol
Type: Omnidirectional Scanner
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The Symbol LS9203 is an omnidirectional scanner designed primarily for hands-free scanning. It is in the same family as the LS9208, but lacks the raster mode and adjustable base.

Typical uses and environments:
The fast reading and hands-free scanning method for the LS9203 make it ideal for high volume retail, grocery, or any locations where individual customers may purchase many items.

Standard Features:
The LS9203 comes standard with base and interface cable, with no additional configuration required to send data, making for an easy, plug and play experience. A green LED on the top of the unit lights up when powered, and will blink on successful scans. The omnidirectional scan pattern allows the scanner to read barcodes of any orientation, easing the scanning process.

Unique Features and Advantages:
Like the LS9208, the LS9203 features full light immunity, allowing it to perform well in locations where daylight may shine onto the scanning path. It also has the same easy access release clasp as the LS9208, making cable or scanner replacement incredibly easy.

Unfortunately, there are a few features missing from the LS9203 that would let it stand out from other omnidirectional scanners. The base is not adjustable and forces the beam to shine parallel to the counter, which could cause problems when sliding products across counter space. The lack of a secondary scan pattern also causes problems when scanning barcodes densely populated on an item.

Performance Testing:
To determine the scanning prowess of the Symbol LS9203, we ran it through a series of tests designed to determine the optimal focal range, ability to scan dense, wide, damaged, or differently colored barcodes, as well as the scanners resistance to light. Our test determined the scanner to fall in line with the average requirements for an omnidirectional scanner.
The optimal scan range for the LS9203 is from contact to 9” away from a standard UPC-A barcode, average for scanning barcodes on counter in a point of sale environment. When scanning damaged & worn barcodes, the LS9203’s multiline mode helped in getting a good read, and it was able to successfully scan all but one of our damaged barcodes. The LS9203’s full light immunity really helps differentiate it from the rest of class, and could easily scan in full daylight or with a 150W lamp nearly blocking the barcode from view.
One of the drawbacks of the LS9203 is high density and low density scanning. The densest barcode we could scan was 8.8 mil, less dense than is found on many smaller products. The maximum scan range is 9”, putting the scanner outside of the optimal scan range when scanning barcodes 4” or wider.

A breakdown of the Symbol LS9203 capabilities is listed in table and graph form below.

Barcode Scanner Performance Testing Chart

1D Results

Highest Density Barcode Scanned 9 mil Average
Widest Barcode Scanned 120.65mm Average
Shortest Barcode Scanned 38 mm Good
Range Ideal Conditions (Standard 100% UPC-A) Contact – 9 inches Average
Scratched Barcode 3 of 3 Good
Worn Barcode 2 of 3 Good
Warped Barcode 2 of 2 Good
Curved Barcode 2 of 2 Good
Multiple Barcodes in close proximity Difficult to get accurate read Average
Scan through plastic layers 4 Layers Good
Multicolored Barcodes Successfully Scanned Blue, Orange, Black on Brown, Green Good
Multicolored Barcodes Not Scanned Red, Yellow, Black on Dark Grey Average
Simulated Sunlight Test Fully Light Immune Excellent

The Symbol LS9203 is a solid omnidirectional scanner. Unfortunately, it lacks many features of the LS9208, to the point that the LS9208 would be a better and more versatile solution. If you already have an in-counter barcode scanner and are looking for a secondary scanner to increase scannable sides, the LS9203 would be a good choice. Otherwise, the Symbol LS9208 provides many more features and is a good solution for grocery environments looking for a first scanner.

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