Symbol LS4278 Review Review

LS4278 In Cradle
Product: LS4278
Manufacturer: Symbol
Type: Cordless Laser Barcode Scanner
Support: 3 Year warranty through Symbol with lifetime Scan Engine Warranty;
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The Symbol LS4278 cordless barcode scanner is Symbol’s entry into the cordless retail scanning market. It features a rasterizing scan pattern and reads 1D (Linear) barcodes.

LS4278Typical uses and environments:
The LS478 would find best use in larger retail environments, warehouses, or light industrial applications. Symbol’s aggressive scan engine technology allows it to work in medium and possibly even high volume scanning environments.

Unique Features & Advantages:
To aid in scanning of dirty, damaged, or poorly printed barcodes, the LS4278 features a rasterizing scan pattern which can be enabled via the included quick-start guide.

Standard Features:
The LS478 ships in multiple boxes, for barcode scanner, charging/communications cradle, and cabling. Fortunately, Symbol has created kits that include the parts necessary to get up and running quickly. A quick-start guide is included with the scanner to allow you to perform the most common configurations, such as setting the scanner into BlueTooth mode or adding a carriage return at the end of a scan.

Performance Testing:
To determine the scanning capabilities of the Symbol LS4278, we ran it through a battery of tests designed to reveal the optimal scan range, resistance to light, highest density scanned, widest barcode scanned, and radio range. We tested model LS4278- TRBU0100ZWR, which is the USB interface kit. Our tests showed that the LS4278 is an excellent cordless barcode scanner for its class.

The optimal scan range for the Symbol LS4278 scanning a 100% UPC-A barcode was from .25 inches to 21 inches, about in line with Symbol’s advertised range of 0-19 inches. This is excellent for retail as well as inventory management, allowing products to stay in scanning range even when out of reach. The highest density barcode our LS4278 could read was 4.9 mil, much denser than is experienced in retail environments.

LS4278 with CradleThe Class II laser in the scan engine allows the LS4278 to be fully immune to indoor and outdoor light, excellent for scanning in any environment. If barcodes are dirty or damaged, such as those on gardening materials, the LS4278 can be configured to scan in a raster mode, quickly sweeping the beam across the barcode to aid in scanning accuracy.

The only weak point on the LS4278 dealt with radio range. At about 70 feet, the barcode scanner would lose communications with its base station, but would reconnect easily when it was back in range. This range is much lower than the competition, though would be ideal for retail locations or smaller warehouses looking for a cordless barcode scanner. Symbol advertises a 50’ scanning range, so our test unit did beat expectations.

A breakdown of the Symbol LS4278 capabilities is listed in
table and graph form below.

LS4278 Perfomance Chart

1D Results

Highest Density Barcode Scanned 4.9mil Good
Widest Barcode Scanned 172.72mm Great
Shortest Barcode Scanned 38mm Good
Range Ideal Conditions (Standard 100% UPC-A) .25 inches – 21 inches Average
Scratched Barcode 3 of 3 Good
Worn Barcode 3 of 3 Good
Warped Barcode 2 of 2 Good
Curved Barcode 2 of 2 Good
Multiple Barcodes in close proximity Relatively accurate, can become difficult when in raster mode Average
Scan through plastic layers 14 Layers Good
Multicolored Barcodes Successfully Scanned Blue, Grey, Black on brown Good
Multicolored Barcodes Not Scanned Red, Yellow, Black on Dark Grey Average
Simulated Sunlight Test Fully Light Immune Excellent

The Symbol LS4278 barcode scanner provides excellent mobile barcode scanning. While the 70’ radio range seems short, it should be more than enough for most retail locations, and the scanning range and optional raster mode put it well ahead of its class.

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Metrologic Scanners Ideal Setting Description
Retail, Light Industrial, Rough Retail The LS4278 features a rasterizing scan pattern,
21” scan range and 70’ radio range to scan
barcodes easily in your warehouse or retail
Retail, Light Industrial Environments, Rough Retail Similar features to the LS4278, the LS4208 is the cabled version
Heavy Industrial Environmnts More durable than the LS4278, the LS3578
features a fuzzy logic or extended range scan
engine to aid in scanning damaged or long range
barcodes, respectively.

Testing and evaluation results for the Symbol LS4278 Review - your single source for barcode scanners, POS software and POS equipment.

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