Summary: It takes time to adjust to having the button on top, especially if you're used to trigger-type scan guns. I wouldn't recommend it for heavy use, but it's definitely alright for light office or home use. I'm using it to inventory computers and computer parts, and it does the job just fine.
Pros: Works out of the box, just plug it in and it acts like a keyboard. Laser-type scanner. Cord is more than long enough.
Cons: Construction makes it feel cheap. Really small barcodes can be troublesome. Manual is very confusing if you don't understand barcoding (on the upside, the defaults are suitable for most users).
Summary: The scanner comes configured with the laser always-on, I can't find a way to keep the laser off until pressing the scan button. It's a minor annoyance, and certainly not problematic enough to keep me from recommending the scanner. The scan rate is good.
Pros: Easy setup, automatically detected by Linux when plugged into a USB port, long USB cable included, scans multiple bar codes. Laser diode. Good price at under $100. Good scan rate.
Cons: No trigger. Instead, it has placed an activation button on top of the scanner.
Summary: Automate your entire office and barcode your inventory....trust me this thing just works. I have a total of 25 of these doing one thing or another in multiple business environments, the only complaint is the length of the USB cord.. otherwise its the BEST scanner for the money..
Pros: No drivers needed under Windows, Linux (tested with Mandriva, CentOS, PCLinux, Ubuntu, Debian), Mac OSX 10.4, 10.5 scans very small 1/4" codes without any problems... precise laser DURABLE construction
Cons: short usb cord. laser doesnt shut off during inactivity.
Summary: Good low-volume barcode scanner. I wouldn't use it for large-scale deployments, but for testing, development, or smaller jobs, it does fine.
Pros: Good basic barcode scanner - we're using it for entering in MAC addresses for network deployments and VoIP rollouts, and testing some barcode printing software. Just plug it into a USB port and it acts just like another keyboard.
Cons: Button is on top of the scanner - slightly awkward. Beep is kind of loud for an office environment.
Summary: This scanner allowed me to enter 100+ books per hour, limited only by the speed of the software. Much better than entering 40 per hour manually. I think the scanner is well worth the price for a homeowner or a small shop. Do yourself a favor and buy a USB extension cable.
Pros: I bought this scanner for home use. We have 1000+ books and wanted to create a library database. Plug & play setup worked great. Basic configuration for the sounds and scan duration were easy.
Cons: As another user stated, the manual leaves a little to be desired if you're not a barcoding pro.