Selecting a Zebra Handheld RFID Reader

Selecting a Zebra Handheld RFID Reader

When selecting a Zebra Handheld RFID Reader, you will be confronted with a wide array of choices. It may seem confusing at first, but asking yourself the following questions will help you with your decision making process:

  1. Do I want a standalone RFID reader with a built in display, or do I want a sled RFID reader that connects to a separate smart device via bluetooth?
  2. What environment will my RFID reader be placed in? Will I be using it under harsh conditions?
  3. How far away are the items I will need to read with my handheld RFID reader?
  4. Would I like to read barcodes as well as RFID tags?

These key questions will give you an idea of the type of handheld RFID reader that will best suit your use case.

For example, if you would prefer to have a sled RFID reader which can connect to a smart device, you can find a couple great options on our site.

The Zebra RFD8500, shown below, is one of the most popular handheld RFID readers on the market. This reader is best for those who would like to connect their RFID reader to a dedicated smart device, such as their phone or a tablet used in business processes. The RFD8500 has the option of being used as both RFID reader and barcode/QR code reader. In the package, you will get one reader sled, one USB charging cable, and one battery for the device.

Zebra RFD8500 UHF RFID Sled with 2D Imager

If you would like a UHF RFID reader sled, such as the one above, but you do not have a dedicated smart device for your RFID project, you may consider the Zebra RFD2000 UHF RFID Reader. This reader comes with the option to add on a Zebra TC20 mobile computer, which is RFID enabled and pairs with the device by simply sliding the mobile computer into the RFD2000 reader sled. The TC20 can read both barcodes and RFID. With deployment this simple, you will be collecting data in no time.

Zebra RFD2000 UHF RFID Reader Sled with Zebra TC20 Mobile Computer

If you would prefer a standalone, all-in-one device, we have a couple of great options of UHF RFID Handheld Readers with built-in displays that run on Android OS. On our site, you can choose between the Zebra MC3330R Integrated UHF RFID Handheld Reader, and the Zebra MC3390R Integrated Long-range UHF RFID Handheld Reader.

The Zebra MC3330R Integrated UHF RFID Handheld Reader, shown below, is a standalone unit that comes with an integrated 1D/2D barcode scanner and circular polarized RFID antenna, and a rugged design for all-day use in industrial environments. The Corning Gorilla Glass window on the display of the device features scratch and shatter resistant toughness, allowing workers to drop the device multiple times and not see any severe damage to performance.

Zebra MC3330R Integrated UHF RFID Handheld Reader

The Zebra MC3390R Integrated Long-Range UHF RFID Handheld Reader is very similar to the MC3330R in form factor, toughness, and design, but it has an integrated long-range linear polarized RFID antenna as well as the option to be configured with an extended-range imager, enabling you with a read-range of 60+ feet. This is one of the longest-range UHF RFID Handheld Readers on the market. The Zebra MC3390R is ideal for use cases that involve reading tags from a long distance in demanding environments where a standard handheld reader would not be able to perform as well.

Zebra MC3390R Integrated Long-Range UHF RFID Handheld Reader

Should you require additional assistance in deciding which Handheld RFID Reader is right for you, please contact us!

Jul 31st 2019 Annelise McKay

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