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Psc Barcode Scanners - No More PSC Barcode Scanners, but Datalogic Holds the Legacy

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Consumers looking for PSC barcode scanners are advised to reconsider their product search to account for Datalogic’s acquisition and rebranding of the PSC product line. The familiar models—Magellan, PowerScan, and QuickScan—are all still available, but they are now marketed under the Datalogic name rather than that of PSC.

Photographic Sciences Corporation (or PSC) encountered financial trouble in 2002. This came to a head five years later in their 2005 acquisition by Datalogic. For a few years, Datalogic continued to market the name “PSC” due to its strong brand recognition, but on the 2nd of April 2007, the company retired the PSC name entirely.

Today, a genuine PSC barcode scanner is only available in the aftermarket. Sites like Amazon offer pre-2007 models for around $10, but their modern Datalogic equivalents use the same technology and model names. Though PSC struggled financially, the PSC barcode scanner lines were highly respected and well-reviewed models, which is why Datalogic has continued with several familiar models. The five PSC barcode scanners still manufactured by Datalogic are the Magellan, PowerScan, and QuickScan.

The Magellan line provides scanning solutions to counters and cashier’s stations through both in- and on-counter designs. In-counter scanners are installed directly into a cashier’s station, allowing goods to be scanned with grocery store-styled swipes of barcodes. The on-counter models sit directly on the counter, requiring less installation but lower durability. In-counter models are more expensive, beginning at the $580 range and approaching $3,000 for the most robust designs. On-counter models begin near $320 and end near $675.

Additionally, the Magellan OEM omnidirectional barcode reader provides a screw-on on-counter device particularly tolerant to unskilled use. It is ideal for self-service stations where customers swipe barcodes themselves. This product costs about $300.

The QuickScan is a general purpose, handheld barcode scanner, available in both corded and cordless varieties. Their “Green Spot” technology provides a targeting system to ease operation. It is built for rigorous use, and its most vulnerable point—the scanning window—is easy to remove and replace without the need to send the device to a skilled professional. QuickScans start near $140 for the basic models. These prices include both the classic design and the QuickScan L, which provides identical performance with a narrower, L-shaped grip. The more expensive QuickScan Mobile costs $360 and features a portable battery charger.

More rugged by far is the PowerScan line, Datalogic’s industrial series of handheld scanners. Capable of surviving rain, falls, and a wide range of temperatures, the PowerScan puts up with all manner of abuse. It wears the black-and-yellow coloring of power tools, marking it as a device for outdoor warehousing, construction contracting, and the like. PowerScan starts at $340 for basic models, $520 for a charger-equipped model, and up to $1,200 for the largest, most durable, and most long-lasting models.

Though true PSC barcode scanners are all but gone, the products above are modern continuations of the technologies once held under the PSC name. They are for the most part durable, well-designed products adaptable to many needs.

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