Laser USB 2.0 Wired + Wireless Bluetooth Barcode Scanner for iPhone iPad Android Tablet PC, Bluetooth Adapter(for PC user), Power Adapter and USB Cable Included, support Mac OS X, Linux, Android and IOS 7 Grey
While my other scanner needed a USB dongle, this Wireless Barcode Scanner can work off a Bluetooth signal. I paired it with my HTC One. It works, but I can either use the scanner or the virtual keyboard, not both. To be honest, I wouldn’t normally use this with my phone for scanning. I’d just use the phone app for scanning and skip the handheld scanner.
Using it with a PC, that I’d do. In case you don’t have Bluetooth, or even if you do, there is a Bluetooth dongle included. I was told by the vendor it will connect with Bluetooth on my computer, but it needs to use the dongle to work with inputting. I didn’t have success pairing my Windows 7 PC, whatever Bluetooth dongle I used. It did work with my Windows 7 Starter Edition netbook. Pairing involves scanning five different barcodes, then turning off and on. Once I had it paired, everything was flawless. Reconnection is pretty quick, as well.
Also available is a corded option (USB cable included). I have to use the cord for my PC. The cord gave me no problems, but I like doing things wirelessly.
Between this scanner and my old one, I prefer the old one. Bluetooth pairing takes more time than I want, the Bluetooth dongle is larger than I’d like (smaller than a standard flash drive, larger than a thumb drive), and I don’t see a need to use a handheld scanner with my phone. For whatever reason, the Bluetooth dongle works on my netbook but not my PC, where I would find it most useful. Wired scanning is an option, if the wireless connection fails. I’m glad that was included.
+ Bluetooth or USB wired options
+ works with my Android and Windows 7 Starter Edition
+ iOS option (I did not test this)
+ Bluetooth dongle provided for PC
+ comes with USB cable
- did not work with my Windows 7 PC
- pairing is multi-step
- does not allow keyboard entry on Android once paired
This product was provided for review by TEEMI.
UPDATE 7/21/14: I have been corrected by TEEMI. There is an app that’s supposed to allow the Android keyboard to function when the Bluetooth scanner is connected. This app requires us to allow installation from unknown sources. It is not available with the product but was emailed to me from the vendor. It is called Cilico.
I installed the app, followed the multi-step instructions, repeated this a few times, because my scanner would fail to connect. Using normal pairing, the scanner pairs. Using this app, the scanner does not pair.
At this point, even if the app works, I would not raise the star rating. Bluetooth should be simple: one step. This is far too complicated, even if it works as it should when set up correctly.