How 2D Barcode Scanners Differ From 1D Barcode Scanners
Use of database
These are the basic ones that would probably be attached to the phones of everyone. This can be used by runners and joggers if your MP3 player does not support the Bluetooth connection or any wireless connections. However, the main disadvantage of wired headphones is wire. You’d want to run and burn calories rather than spending your time untangling the wires away from your body.
Reading Data and Scan Position
By nature itself, 1D barcodes are horizontal and rectangular in nature and that means the scanners also can read data that are only horizontal. Sometimes the scanner needs to be in contact with the barcode to get accurate results but modern 1D barcodes can be scanned from a maximum distance of 24 inches. The scan position also needs to be always upright to be able to scan the code properly.
On the contrary, 2D scanners can decode barcodes vertically and horizontally, from a very large distance and at any angle using the alignment blocks.
Both 1D and 2D barcode scanners come in a variety of shapes and sizes in order to be convenient for different industries and businesses. The most common form factor for both is the “gun” style due to the portability that it offers.
However, they are also available in the countertop, cordless and mounted shapes for other industries. The main difference nowadays is the use of smartphones for 2D barcode scanning due to the non-requirement of a database. This is a facility that 1D codes don’t offer.