Casio releases rugged and advanced handheld POS terminals
26-06-2015 00:00:00
Casio releases rugged and advanced handheld POS terminals
Casio Computer Co., Ltd., has recently unveiled DT-X200 series of grip-type handheld terminals with built-in scanner. Made especially for the logistics, transportation, retail and other such sectors, the models in this new series feature improved processing speed and advanced scanning capabilities.

In 2011, Casio launched its first DT-X8 handheld terminals, a series of highly durable models that could withstand a drop of three meters and complied with the IP67 standard for dust and water proof. DT-X8 terminals have since gained an excellent reputation particularly in operations such as controlling inventory in warehouses, goods-in and goods-out management or stocktaking in retail stores.

Offering the same outstanding durability as the DT-X8 series, the new DT-X200 series is equipped with a high-performance CPU, increased internal memory capacity, and improved scanning performance for hard-to-read barcodes and other symbologies.

Casio also improved the Bluetooth and wireless LAN functions, enabling these new models to be used in wider range of workplaces.

Improvised scanning capability

The DT-X200-10E/11E models feature high-speed barcode reading and can also scan barcodes that are normally difficult to read. The DT-X200-20E/21E models can scan hard-to-read barcodes and two-dimensional (2D) codes, and are also equipped with a global shutter for effectively compensating for any shaking of the hand, thereby ensuring more dependable scanning. Meanwhile the DT-X200-41E is capable of reading barcodes and 2D matrix codes from a distance of up to 20 meters.

Processing performance

All models in the DT-X200 series are capable of high-speed processing due to Marvell PXA320 806MHz CPU, an upgrade from the Marvell PXA320 624MHz CPU used in the DT-X8 series, the company said in a release posted on its website.

Likewise, Casio equipped the new DT-X200 terminals with 256 MB of RAM and 512 MB of ROM, twice the amount of internal memory and storage as the DT-X8 series. The DT-X200 features the Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system, successor to the Windows Embedded CE 6.0 operating system used in the DT-X8. Accordingly, the new models can easily handle a broad spectrum of workplace applications.

Communications functions

The new models come with Bluetooth Version 2.1 (Class 2) preinstalled, and are compatible with four different wireless LAN standards (IEEE802.11a/b/g/n), making them ideal for use in a wide range of infrastructure settings.

Excellent durability for tough workplace environments

Capable of withstanding a drop of three meters, the models in the DT-X200 series are designed to be tough, incorporating an elastomer resin protector to provide excellent shock resistance. All of the models comply with the IP67 standard for dust and water proof, and can be operated in freezing temperatures down to minus 20 degrees Celsius. This means they can be used outside in the rain, in dusty environments and low-temperature warehouses.

Designed for easy operability

To ensure outstanding operability, the DT-X200 series applies design techniques based on the ISO 9241-210 standard for human-centered design processes for interactive systems. This new series designed using the ISO 9241-210 standard is remarkable for its ease of use. The keyboard has been designed with a convex curve, and the keys are spaced far enough apart to allow users to operate the unit while wearing gloves.

NFC reader/writer-equipped models available

The DT-X200-11E/21E/41E models are equipped with a near field communication (NFC) reader and writer, allowing them to interact with 13.56 MHz radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags and contactless smart cards such as MIFARE. The use of RFID tags can enable various solutions for users, and the authentication of contactless IC cards is effective for improving security when users log in.

High degree of compatibility with the DT-X8 series

The DT-X200 series has been designed to offer a very high degree of compatibility with the DT-X8 series. It uses exactly the same cradles, battery, chargers and other accessories. Furthermore, the new device supports the same Casio libraries, which are used to develop software for other devices in the Casio product portfolio, with enhancements where appropriate.
-K Ramanathan

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