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Socket's Bar Code Wand System adds affordable contact bar code scanning capability to Windows-based Pocket PC's, laptops and tablets with CompactFlash or PCMCIA card slots. Plug the CF card into your mobile computer, launch Socket's SocketScan keyboard wedge software, and scan bar coded data into any Windows application as substitute keystrokes - it's 50 times faster and 10,000 times more accurate than manual data entry. Use an adapter (sold separately) to use the card in a PCMCIA card slot.For certain applications, the Bar Code Wand System can be much faster and more convenient than laser or image scanning. Using the wand like a pen or pencil drawing a line across the bar code, the ergonomics of scanning items on a flat work surface like a table are much more natural than trying to aim a laser gun or portable data collection terminal. Also, scanning a single bar code from a page crowded with bar codes, such as a sales order entry catalog, is much easier. The wand can also scan bar codes with a forward or backwards swipe, upside down or right side up, so the orientation of the label isn't an issue. In addition, the wand is smaller, lighter, less expensive and uses less battery power than any laser or image scanner.Socket's Bar Code Wand System offers the advantages of low power consumption and a secure connection between the wand and the host computer. Drawing only 96mA during scanning, the system maximizes your mobile computer's battery life. Pocket PC users won't have the hassle of built-in serial connectors that vary in size and shape and can't handle strenuous use. The 24-inch coiled cable supplied with the system allows for compact storage, but expands up to 8 feet in length when needed. The wand is designed to withstand repeated 3-foot drops to concrete.