1D vs 2D Barcode Scanner

What is 1D barcode scanner?

1D scanner only reads linear or one-dimensional (1D) barcodes. Its scan distance can be greater than 60cm. 1D scanners are commonly used in retail stores and supermarkets. 

What is 2D barcode scanner?

2D scanner reads both 1D and 2D barcodes. 2D scanners are getting popular as QR codes are on the rise nowadays. It can also read damaged or poorly printed barcodes. which is ideal for some harsh environments, such as factories, kitchens.

1D VS 2D barcode scanner, what's the difference | Bargain POS

1D VS 2D scanning

Feature 1D 2D
Reads 1D barcodes
Reads 2D barcodes
Reads damaged or poorly printed barcodes
Decodes barcodes from any angle (omni-directional)
Processes barcodes faster
Improves accuracy
Captures digital images of documents and signatures
Scans codes on reflective surfaces
Encodes significant amounts of data

Which is best for you?

2D scanners are replacing 1D scanners in the market, as their capacity and performance are suitable for most of the environments. However, 1D scanners are a lot cheaper than 2D scanners, which you should totally take into account.   

Before purchasing a scanner, you should ask yourself some questions. Knowing how you'll be using the scanner will help you decide which scanner you should get.

  1. Where will the scanner be used? (Temperature, humidity, dust, etc)
  2. How often will it be used? 
  3. What kind of barcodes will it be reading? (1D, 2D)
  4. How will the scanner be used? (Handheld, desktop, or wall-mount)
  5. Can you stay connected to a PC? (Wired, Bluetooth, etc)

Our Range of Barcode Scanners

B Scan | 1D Scanner (Handheld) - Bargain POS
B Scan | 2D Scanner (Desktop) - Bargain POS
B Scan | 2D Scanner (Bluetooth) - Bargain POS
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