After Honeywell bought HHP and Metrologic, they ended up with a few products that overlapped. And nobody wants overlapping products, it causes split ends. So they’ve been slowly whittling away the excess products, getting their catalog into lean, mean, fighting machine status. The current round of end of life products are from the Metrologic side, and their replacements more than make up for this loss. There’s a handy dandy table at the bottom of the post if you’re really looking for more info.

VoyagerHD & VoyagerPDF: While these scanners provided pretty solid features for Metrologic (4 mil barcode scanning capability and a laser scanner capable of reading PDF417 barcodes, respectively), the HHP products and even newer Metrologic products did the same and for about the same price. VoyagerHD can be replaced by the high density VoyagerGS, which is a better all around laser scanner. For the VoyagerPDF, they recommend getting the 3800g PDF scanner. For its price, nothing beats the 3800g lineup.

MS1890 Industrial Focus: I felt bad for this product. It came out right before the merger, and half of HHP’s lineup does the same with greater cachet. The 4800i industrial 2D scanner should replace the industrial focus and then some.

MS7320 InVista: Pretty glad this is getting replaced by the Solaris, since we have a solid video showing off how amazing it is.

MS2320 StratosE: For a while I’m pretty sure there were about 8 different Stratoses (Stratii?) Thankfully, they’re whittling it down to the best and the brightest. The MS2420 Stratos is the new replacement and that thing is a beast.

IS1650 Focus: We never really listed this scanner, mostly because it’s designed for automation and we’re big into point of sale. It’s like a Focus with the handle knocked off, but they make better products and now it’s done for. The MS4980 VuQuest is replacing it, and that scanner’s pretty fast so good on them.

And here’s the handy chart!

If You Had: You Will Want:
VoyagerHD VoyagerGS HD
VoyagerPDF 3800G PDF
MS1890 Industrial Focus 4800i
MS7320 InVista MS7280 Solaris
MS2022 StratosE MS2420 Stratos
IS1650 Focus MS4980 VuQuest

Microsoft POS Systems

December 5, 2008

I haven’t done a content-heavy post in quite a while, so I figured now’s as good a time as any to get one going. I’m also hitting terrible writer’s block on another product rollout, so I’m hoping this clears up some space for new words to fall out of my brain and onto the screen.

We’ve got a Microsoft POS Complete System up on the site, and I think it’s pretty special. Mostly because I had to put it all together. This one’s a little different from the other systems, since we had to maintain compatibility with Microsoft POS. Thankfully, that just means the scanner is a Metrologic (I don’t want to call it Honeywell) Voyager, which totally looks like an alien.

The rest of the parts are POS-X, so setup is pretty straightforward, just like for the other systems. I also felt that if it differed too wildly from the other systems, the system builders would throw stuff at me for making too much extra work.

So if you’re looking for Microsoft POS and the requisite hardware to get it going, we have you covered.

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.

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