We’ve got a video review out for the Honeywell Xenon 1900 barcode scanner, the new 2D imager from Honeywell.

With the advent of the Honeywell Xenon, a big chunk of the former HHP and Motorola 2D barcode scanners are now redundant. Honeywell’s decided to let them run for a while before taking them to the farm upstate, and I’m sure customers appreciate that plan as opposed to pulling them from shelves immediately.

It really boils down to the 4206, FocusBT, Focus, 4600, and 4820 being replaced by the Xenon, but there are some specifics, such as which type of imager is replaced and so on. I’ll put a big table breaking down the specific scanner part numbers, but not the kits.

Focus/FocusBT: For a while (like right when I started), the Focus & its cordless brother was the go-to 2D barcode scanner for us. It was reasonably priced & pretty good at scanning messed up barcodes. Once they added EasyDL (formerly EasyID) for driver’s license parsing, the scanner became a staple at Targets across the universe. Getting a customer set up for a rewards program or even a credit application is wicked easy when you just have to scan the back of an ID instead of hand type it.

4600/4820: These came from the HHP side of the family, and they are some burly barcode scanners. They came in quite a few flavors, including standard range, special focus, and high density models, so they were great at certain scanning situations as opposed to okay at all of them. The 4600g lineup had disinfectant-ready options, in case you needed a scanner at your hospital & wanted to be sure it was completely cleanable after someone got sick on it. The 4600r was a bit more high-end, giving you the option of downloading configurations and a quick autoscan mode for presentation scanning.

Here’s the table breakdown. Most products got replaced by the standard range Xenon, but there are some differences in there. If you have a kitted model, just check out the part number on your barcode scanner, and it should be in this list.

What you had What you should get
4600GSR031CE 1900gSR-2
4600GSR051CE 1900gSR-2
4600GSR151CE 1900gSR-2
4600GSF031CE 1900gSR-2
4600GSF051CE 1900gSR-2
4600GSF151CE 1900gSR-2
4600GHD051CE 1900gHD-2
4600GHD151CE 1900gHD-2
4600GHDH051C 1900hHD-0
4600RSR051CE 1900gSR-2
4600RSR151CE 1900gSR-2
4600RSF051CE 1900gSR-2
4600RSF151CE 1900gSR-2
Focus 1690
MS1690-106 1900gSR-2
MS1690-14 1900gSR-2
MS1690-38 1900gSR-2
MS1690-47 1900gSR-2
MS1690-40 1900gSR-2
MS1690-62 1900gSR-2
4206GHD051C 1900gHD-2
4206GSF051C 1900gSR-2
4206GSR051C 1900gSR-2
4820HDH0C1CBE 1902hHD-0
4820HDHM 1902hHD-0
4820SF0C1CBE 1902gSR-2
4820SR0C1CBE 1902gSR-2
FocusBT 1633
MS1633-5 1902gSR-2

Quite a big list for just the scanner units. The kits would’ve easily quadrupled this in size.

Honeywell’s been working on their newest Adaptus Scan engine technology, and with the Xenon 1900 barcode scanner, they’re unleashing Adaptus 6.0 on the market. I haven’t gotten one in my hands yet, mostly just tech specs and whitepapers, but it sounds like they are kicking the imaging competition up a notch.

It’s following the design schema of the 3800g series, with a sleek body that puts it at home in most retail environments. The head of the unit is slightly bigger to house the 2D imager, but otherwise it looks like the 3800g’s older brother. I’m not sure if you can hammer a nail with this barcode scanner, but I’m sure videos will be cropping up on the internet soon enough to test the theory. Unlike other retail scanners, Honeywell had the Xenon 1900 IP tested, so it boasts an IP41 rating. While that’s not a hurricane-proof sealing, it does keep out dust and a bit of water, further enhancing the rough and tumble demeanor of the scanner.

So this Adaptus 6.0 scan engine, it comes in three fantastic flavors, Standard Range, High Density, and Extended Range, similar to what we’re used to seeing from the industrial side of things. They’ve also put the DS9808 and its capabilities in their sites, upping the motion tolerance of the Xenon 1900 to 240 inches per second. A little back of the envelope math converts that to a nimble 13.6 mph, so you could theoretically scan a barcode off of me when I’m cruising around on my bicycle. That’s not too shabby at all.

If you need some wireless scanning, the Xenon 1902 may be for you. Bluetooth Class 2 communication gives you about 33 feet of radio range, which should be plenty for most retail locations. It also fires data back to the communications cradle or Bluetooth-enabled device at 3 Mbit/s, so you shouldn’t see much, if any delay between scanning and displaying the data.

All this and a 5 year warranty for corded & 3 year warranty for cordless, and you have a barcode scanner that may be the last you need. Until something even more spectacular comes out. I’m still waiting for a barcode scanner with a bottle opener built into it.

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