POS-X Cash Drawer Review

October 29, 2008

I feel like I’m just embedding youtube videos and that’s about it. And, really, I’m pretty okay with it. Makes for more consistent sharing.

Anyway, we got another video review up, this time for the POS-X Cash Drawer lineup. We cover the XC16Z, XC19Z, and the new and fantastic XC16HD and XC19HD. It’s covered in the video, but the HD series takes the Z series and beefs the crap out of them. I’m waiting for them to make one so durable that you can shoot it with no harm done. That’ll be an awesome video.

Outtakes are Great

October 22, 2008

Especially when I’m not involved. This is part of what it took to get the Symbol Scanner Review to be as awesome as it is. I gotta hand it to Jaime, she powers through the frustration and gives us solid footage everytime.

Metrologic Voyager Review

October 22, 2008

Look at this, we’re starting to get a decent flow on cranking out this videos. This time it’s a trifecta again, involving the Metrologic Voyager, VoyagerPDF, and VoyagerBT.

For the unitiated, these scanners are retail-oriented, with a 10-12″ maximum scan range. The VoyagerPDF can scan PDF417 barcodes, which are 2-dimensional. You do have to move the scanner across the barocde to get it to read, but it gives off geiger counter noises to let you know it’s reading. The VoyagerBT is the BlueTooth cordless model and has a 120 foot radio range.

Symbol Video Review-a-thon

October 16, 2008

Hey check it out, this time we’re covering the Symbol LS4208, LS4278, and LS3008. Just for a quick rundown:

LS4208: Good for higher volume retail. It scans pretty quickly, and is aggressive. It is a little spendy, but it’s going to give you more bang for your buck than the less expensive scanners.

LS4278: The cordless version of the LS4208. It has a 70 foot range and built-in rechargeable battery. It’s not ruggedized, so it’d be better at home in retail environments as opposed to warehouses.

LS3008: Not only is it yellow, but it has an IP54 seal, so it can be sanitized pretty easily. I like to think of IP54 as making things “sneezeproof.”

All three can shoot a secondary rasterized laser pattern. Rasterization, in POS, is using mirrors to propagate a laser into more places. All laser barcode scanners do this by design, otherwise it’d just be a dot shooting out of the scanner. The secondary one on these barcode scanners gets the beam to wave up and down, helping increase accuracy on crappy barcodes, and gives certain models an easy way to scan PDF417 barcodes, which are 2 dimensional.

Yeah, the video’s a little washed out. We’re working on a location that provides more even lighting, while not sounding as echo-y.

Salon Systems

October 1, 2008

Hey guys, this one kind of slipped under the radar, so much so that when I went to upload the imagery for it, I noticed it was already for sale on the site. Woo for paying attention, am I right?

As you may have learned in your perusal of our site, we really dig on taking out the guesswork of getting a complete system going at your business. It’s fun, it makes things easier for everyone involved, and I get to put them together, making me feel important. We’ve added a new Salon System to our lineup and I think it’s pretty awesome.

We’ve offered generic retail systems for like ever, and used to try to shoehorn them into various retail environments. It worked in a few places, like golf shops that serve food, contractor shops (service+inventory), etc. But salons and spas are unique and wouldn’t work with the retail package we have set up. Chairs can be rented out to stylists, regular customers need to be tracked so they know when haircuts or massages are coming up, and not all services are rated the same. It’s like a dentist who doesn’t shame you for not flossing.

So we found some pretty solid salon software, called Salon Iris, put it together with equipment we felt wouldn’t detract from a salon, and let a local salon test it out. They’re the Velvet Rope Hair Studio, and they’ve really helped out with letting us know what works, what doesn’t, and what we should add.

And so now what you see available for purchase is what we’ve been told, by a rad hair salon, will be a great way for salons or spas to get away from a gigantic schedule book and into the 21st century. Yeah that’s a tagline, I think.

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