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Symbol Technologies Symbol

Symbol Technologies Symbol
alaScore 79

14 reviews

Jul, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews of Symbol Technologies Symbol. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Scanners for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability. The price also gets good feedback, but many are critical about the design.

price, durability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the Symbol Technologies Symbol is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Symbol Technologies Symbol from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Scanners on People really like the price.


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Symbol LS2208 LS2208-1AZKT100SRSymbol LS2208 LS2208-1AZKT100SR

Jul, 2018

Consumer review (

Did not know this was a "Custom Unit"


When contacting Motorola support for a question about the unit I learned that this model is a "Custom Unit" designed and specially configured for "Blood Bank" applications. While it was not clear to me what that means (did not care as that is not my...

Not what I thought I was getting

May, 2013

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Did not know this was a "Custom Unit"


When contacting Motorola support for a question about the unit I learned that this model is a "Custom Unit" designed and specially configured for "Blood Bank" applications. While it was not clear to me what that means (did not care as that is not my...

Not what I thought I was getting

May, 2013

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Works with QB Point of Sale


Great unit, works with Quick Books Point of Sale. Fast reader and works up to 8 inches away. Was able to just copy a bar code to have enter function

I paid full price but needed it

Mar, 2011

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One of the other reviewers said that they got bought out so the future was uncertain well that isn't the case. They were bought out by Motorola a few years ago and the products have kept being great. I do installs and tech support for a point of sale...

Plug and Play, all you do is plug it in and scan some bar codes to configure it the way you want. Very easy


Mar, 2010

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Awesome Scanner. Just works. And survives.


It works as a standard HID device, so if you can make a USB keyboard work this will work. It also has an awesome stand that comes with it. And if you put the scanner in the stand there is a magnet in the stand that will keep the scanner scanning. So...

It would be nicer to be a bit cheaper. But for how awesome it is compared to other scanners, I don't mind. My ideal price point for this type of scanner would be about $75-80

Nov, 2009

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Great Scanner


Bought to replace old Symbol point of sale scanner on it's last leggs. The scanner installed in minutes, worked from the get go, and is still going strong. It does what it should do, and does it well. Looks like we will be ordering more to replace our...

Cost, Durability

None yet

Jun, 2009

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Not bad for the price


Real simple setup - plug it in and your ready to use the scanner. Comes with a full sheet of pre-configured settings for different barcode standards

The scanner stand is pretty lame

Jun, 2009

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Works with Linux Eee PC


It took me a while to find a laser barcode scanner that was known to work with Linux. So if you were searching like I was, search no further.

Even though the web site does not mention Linux, this device works perfectly as a USB keyboard wedge on my Linux Eee PC. Programming the device involved scanning 4 codes. Now it is a HID USB device that reads bar codes followed by a carriage return....

I have yet to find a problem with this device

Apr, 2009

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Scans Fine, Lasts a Long Time


Works fine for intended applications... inside, light industrial or retail use

None really

Oct, 2008

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Waste of Money


The SDK is apparently little or no help

The hardware installation is a breeze and the device works out of the box with MS Excel 2000. That unfortunately is all that is good about the Symbol LS2208 scanner

I work for Social Services and we bought 8 of the Symbol LS2208 scanners in August. Since then 5 out of the 8 scanners have failed. That is a 62.5% failure rating. We have verified that the failure was due to manufacturer defect and not due to a power...

Oct, 2008

Product Specifications

The Spectrum24 Web Client lets you gain the efficiency and economy of Web-based application development. Symbol hand-held wireless computers throughout your company connected via Spectrum 24 wireless LANs can access your corporate intranet to connect with vital applications and databases. The Spectrum24 Web Client is compatible with all the tools of standard Web application development, such as JavaScript, VBScript, LiveWire, Active Server Pages and FrontPage. Your Web applications can create dynamic HTML pages using data residing in ODBC-compliant databases such as Oracle, Informix, Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server and Access. A wide variety of web server development platforms are available - including Windows NT, Windows 95, 98, 2000, AIX, Sun Solaris, and other UNIX systems. Using the three-tier client/server architecture, Web applications execute on the server and the user interface is downloaded to the hand-held computer. This means you can deploy a full range of applications without the constraints of memory size or download/upload time to the hand-held. The Spectrum24 Web Client provides a familiar browser interface, which reduces training time. You can customize the toolbar and on-screen keyboard(s) to scale from pen-based to "glove-handed" operation. And you can create your Web application to guide your users through each step of a procedure. The software comes with many valuable features for the Spectrum24 environment. You get wireless network monitoring, which alerts users when they are out of range of a Spectrum24 wireless LAN. And you get support for 1-D and 2-D bar code scanning plus enhanced power management specifically tailored for Symbol terminals. It's a complete solution. The Spectrum24 Web Client operates with Symbol Palm and CE and PocketPC devices and the Spectrum24 Wireless LAN. The Symbol Web Client has been designed specifically to support business HTML applications and provides integrated support for Symbol device value-add features. These features include scanning, printing, wireless printing and MSR capabilities. The Symbol web client provides a special lockdown feature enabling IT professionals to limit the user access to various applications and prevent "surfing the web".

Audio Output

Type: None


Form Factor: None


Cable Subcategory:Other/PS/2/Serial/USB
I/O Cable Type:Data cable/Keyboard cable/Keyboard wedge cable/Printer cable/Serial cable/USB cable
Left Connector Gender:Female/Male
Left Connector Type:15 pin D-Sub (DB-15)/25 pin D-Sub (DB-25)/4 pin USB Type A/6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style)/9 pin D-Sub (DB-9)
Right Connector Gender:Female
Right Connector Type:5 pin DIN

Dimensions & Weight



Class of Equipment:Handhelds


Product Type:Bar code scanner charging stand/Barcode reader battery/Battery charger/Handheld battery/Handheld charging stand/Power adapter/Scanner battery
Subcategory (AG):Batteries/Chargers/Power adapters


Country Kits:United States
Manufacturer:Motorola/Symbol Technologies
Model:1-Slot Serial/USB Charge Cradle/3000-4000E/4-Slot Charge Only Cradle/4208/AP 4111/AP 4131/CE Pro for MC3070/CRD3000-4001ER/CRD3000-401CR/CRD3000-401ER/Fork Lift Cradle/High Performance Fixed Point Dipole/LA 4137/Mobile/Omni-directional "Pipe" / Omni-directional Pipe/Service Center Bronze/Service from the Start Bronze/Telnet Client/Web Client for Palm OS
Packaged Quantity:1/3
Product Line:Microsoft Windows/Motorola/Spectrum24/Symbol/Symbol CRD/Symbol LS/Symbol Spectrum24

Input Device

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:Detachable/External
Interface (DA):PS/2
Interface Type:Keyboard wedge
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY


Category of Accessory:Antennas/Barcode reader and POS accessories/Handheld accessories/Mounting hardware
Color:Gray / Yellow/Twilight black/White/Yellow
Compliant Standards:RoHS
Encryption Algorithm:128-bit WEP / 40-bit WEP/128-bit WEP / 40-bit WEP / KeyGuard / TLS/128-bit WEP / MD5
Product Type:Antenna/Bar code scanner holster/Handheld battery door/Handheld stylus/Network device mounting kit


Type: None


Connectivity Technology:Wireless
Data Link Protocol:IEEE 802.11b
Data Transfer Rate:11Mbps
Form Factor:External/Plug-in module
Interface (Bus) Type:CompactFlash Card
Max Range Indoors:300ft
Power Over Ethernet (PoE): Yes
Remote Management Protocol:HTTP / SNMP / Telnet/HTTP / SNMP 2 / SNMP 3 / Telnet
Type:Network adapter/None/Wireless access point

Optical Storage

Type: None

OS Provided

OS Family:Other
Type:Microsoft Windows CE 5.0 Professional/Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1

Power Device

Form Factor (AG):External
Voltage Required:AC 90-265V

Reference Resource

Category:Networking software
Release Month:August
Release Year:1996
Series:System Administrator's Guide / System Administrators Guide
Target Audience:IT professionals
Title:Spectrum24/Spectrum24 Telnet Clients for 3270/5250 and VT/HP
Type:Documentation kit/Reference book
User Level:All levels


Form Factor:Handheld
Scan Element Type:Visible laser diode
Type:Barcode scanner

Service & Support

Full Contract Period:3years/5years
Repair Time:3 days
Service Included:Parts and labor
Type:1 year warranty /5 years warranty /Extended service agreement


Category:Networking applications
License Category:License/Shrinkwrap
License Pricing:Standard/Volume
License Qty:1 user
License Type:Complete package/License/Upgrade license/Version upgrade license
Subcategory:Network - connectivity & data sharing/Network - terminal emulation application
Volume Pricing Level:1-500 licenses

Storage Controller

Type: None


Device Type (AI):Docking cradle
Docking Cradle Interface:Ethernet/RS-232 / USB

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 95 / Microsoft Windows 98 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2002 / Microsoft Windows XP/Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 95 / Microsoft Windows 98 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0/Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0 / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows CE 2.11/Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0 / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition/None
Platform:Palm OS/Windows