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Handheld Barcode Scanner with stylus

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I am looking for a fairly inexpensive Heldheld barcode scanner that can scan a barcode I will put on our Invoices.  It should display the invoice number on the scanner for verification and then our customer can sign for the invoiced goods,  like how you sign for UPS or FedEx.  

The device itself only needs to store the Signature, Invoice Number, and Signed Date.  Once back to our building I want to be able to upload this data to our database. So I would need to be able to connect to it using VB.NET

Hopefully someone has done a similar project and can recommend a good scanner.
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Hi

the answer depends on what you call inexpensive. When deciding for a not rugeedized device keep an eye on TCO. If a consumer device falls down, it is mostly unrepairable and you need a new one.

The other point is: how fast should the scan work? Consumer devices are not  optimized for  barcoding.

And then, if running against VB.NET, you should decide for a windows mobile device. If it would be simply a php/mysql web site, you can choose among all OS variants as Android, iOS or ??? But if VB.NET, the best choice is a windows mobile based device.

A simple, small, semi-ruggedized Motorola or Intermec or ??? windows mobile handheld scanner running windows mobile 6.5.3 may start at about 700 Euros (for example the CN50 and CS40 by intermec.com). The consumer alternatives may start at 200-300 euros and use the camera for scanning or you attach a bluetooth scanner for about >=200 Euros.
Pricing also depends on the number of the devices and your hardware partner.

If going with iOS, you have to struggle with there way of programming and closed-down devices. Android is more open, but you have to go there Java way (the .NET runtime would put additional costs on top by xamarin). With windows mobile the runtime is already on the device and ready-to.use.

What do you think about these concerns?

Josef
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Thanks I am going to go for the Motorola MC9000 series they have an SDK for VB.NET.  I just have to dig out VS2008 for some reason 2012 does not have the mobile development capabilities.
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