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Today we are reviewing the NADAMOO USB wireless barcode scanner. It has the ability to work with a USB dongle wirelessly or with a standard USB cord.
A barcode reader is very handy for inventory management, e-commerce sales operations, and for Amazon sellers. You can quickly scan long barcodes accurately and use them anywhere such as spreadsheets, entry forms or wherever. A barcode reader acts like any keyboard works and inserts the barcode where you have your mouse.
As of this writing, the NADAMOO USB reader with 328′ of range is about $35 on Amazon. It has 375 reviews with and average rating of 4 1/2 stars.
Setting Up The Barcode Scanner
There are 22 pages of settings and I will not go over all of these. I programmed mine with just 2 or 3 options and it works great for my needs. You need to decide some basic parameters so that the reader works for your purpose.
Wired Or Wirelessly
First things first, decide if you want to use this wirelessly or wired. Use wired for interacting with an iPad or iPhone with a USB to Lightning cable adapter or directly to your computer. Use wireless for up to 300′ freedom from your computer.
You have the option to upload instantly or collect barcode numbers. Set this option next. The default is to upload instantly so you don’t need to change anything if that is what you need.
Tab Or Carriage Return
This setting tells the reader to press “Return” after it reads the barcode or to press “Tab”. If you are using a form for example and want to enter the value in immediately after a single scan, then select “Return”. If however you want to tab multiple cells in a spreadsheet then select “Tab”.
One of the things we didn’t like that much about the reader is the way it’s programmed. You must have the manual handy to change the options. This is frustrating because if you lose the manual you are stuck. In addition, I cannot find the manufacturers website with this information but I did find it on Amazon. I have downloaded it and here is a copy for your convenience.
If you find the manual confusing and accidentally program it incorrectly, you do have the option to reset to the default settings. This could come in handy if you get lost from the 22 pages of options.
What's In The Box
- USB Reader with internal battery
- Wireless dongle
- USB cable
- Instruction book
Using With an iPad or iPhone
When you read the specifications, you will see that they don’t support iPads or iPhones. That is true, however it’s easy to use the USB Barcode Reader with the right adapter. All you need is a Lightning to USB Camera Adapter.
Personally, I have never drained the battery and it worked perfectly for me. The specs show a 3 hour charge time, 20 hours of continuous scanning, and a 100 day standby time.
What We Liked About it
What We Didn't Like About It
I have used the NADAMOO Wireless Barcode reader for well over a year and it has worked very well for me. At only about $35, it’s a real time saver if you are running an e-commerce store or handle a lot of products with barcodes. It scans most barcodes flawlessly and I’ve never seen it make a mistake. The manual could be better and it’s a beast at 22 pages long. Despite this, I think it’s a decent product for the price.