Motorola MT2000

April 6, 2010

Hey it’s been a while since I made a post. Like over a month. That’s not a good way to build a readership. But here it is, some new gear from our friends at Motorola. The MT2000 is an upgrade and replacement over the old Phasers, and it seems to try to bridge the gap between barcode scanner and batch data collector.

There are two flavors of the MT2000, the MT2070 which is batch and bluetooth, and the MT2090 which has an 802.11b/g radio built in. You also get your choice of laser scanner, 2D imager, or a high density 2D imager, so you only have to pay for the barcode scanning you need and nothing extra. As fantastic as the laser barcode scanner is, I definitely recommend the 2D imager. Motorola’s made great strides in their 2D imaging technology, and the MT2000 definitely shows the fruits of their labor. This is the same imager that’s found in the DS9808, a presentation scanner fast enough to keep up with grocery store scanner/scale combos. It’s pretty badass.

The MT2000 has a similar design to the Phaser, looking like something you’d imagine Commander Riker would be using to shoot aliens. Phaser is definitely an apt name for the product. It’s pretty comfy to use, and the balance of the device prevented wrist strain during extended scanning. Motorola also beefed up the durability on the MT2000, giving it a drop resistance of 6-feet to concrete and a “sneeze-proof” IP54 rating.

Overall, the unit has a good design and should fit in well at retail establishments or warehouses alike. It runs Windows CE 5.0 Core with a default barcode/quantity application installed by default. While in bluetooth mode, the MT2000 can send barcode data individually or in batches to your computer, and can filter by location.

I spent the better part of two weeks working with a MT2090, which is the WiFi flavor of this line, and I can definitely see it fitting into businesses that may need to do batch scanning but need a bit more than a Honeywell Voyager BT in memory mode or an Opticon OPN2001. By default, our version sent data to the communications cradle and on to whatever text field happened to be active. Batch data can be delimited by tab or comma, so a combination of a MT2000 and Notepad can make it easy to build CSVs for receiving or even creating purchase orders.

All in all, it’s a good unit. I did try to disable the built-in software, in hopes that I could boot into Windows CE by default, but was unable to do so. This could make it a little bit more difficult for developers to get their software onto the MT2000, but according to Motorola, MCL is also supported, so if you are developing within MCL you should be set.

8 Responses to “Motorola MT2000”

  1. Mark Says:

    Hi There how did you find the battery life of the unit?

    • productman Says:

      The MT2000 comes with a 3.7V, 2400 mAh battery that charges pretty quickly. It can also charge over USB, though it’s a trickle charge and not nearly as fast as with the power supply.
      The battery life is pretty robust, we were able to get a good business day of use under really heavy usage (continuous scanning, using different apps on the device, connecting to networks).

  2. Helain Says:

    Do you know how can I send data from PC to the scanner? I have an application that sends information from PC to scanner, like messages for the user in a Symbol P470 model.
    I’ll really appreciatte any help

    • productman Says:

      From my discussions with Motorola, if the app was developed using MCL, then it should be compatible. Let me talk with a few of my contacts and I’ll get in touch with you via email.

      • What did you find out? I wish there was a way to send low-level commands to the scanner like there is the the Datalogic scanners. Wifi connectivity doesn’t mean much if I have to write a complicated program that runs on the scanner in order to use it.

      • productman Says:

        If you have software that was built for the Phaser, using MCL, then it should be compatible with the MT2000 and be able to send commands from the PC to the scanner. I’d recommend checking out for more information on developing for MCL or seeing if a solution already exists that meets your needs.

  3. productman Says:

    Thanks for the info. Modifying the Navigator.xml file seems like a good way to keep it locked into whatever app you require your workforce to use.

  4. Rob Says:

    Hi Productman,

    I enjoyed your post, the MT2000 is a very flexible product in terms of programming interfaces (MCL, .NET, staight C).

    MCL does provide very powerful tools for developing POS (Scan and Send, Price lookup etc…), Batch, and Inventory apps. As well as providing a very robust PC connection software suite named MCL link.

    Also, for those .NET programmers, source code for the sample applications, Scan Inventory, and Scan Item are available from the Motorola support site.

    For those developers who wish to disable the built in software, instructions are provided in integrators guide available from the Motorola support center… but, to save you the trip, just delete \platform\adcservices.reg or rename it to \platform\adcservices.regsave and coldboot the unit.

    You can also customize the shell by modifying \platform\navigator.xml.

    Best regards,

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