Feature-Laden Cobra LS 1900 Provides a Single "Best Choice Scanner" With Broad Connectivity and
Symbol Technologies today announced at the Retail Systems Show in Chicago the introduction of
the Symbol Cobra LS 1900 Series laser bar code readers, featuring the broadest connectivity and
most flexible range of interface options on the market. The Cobra LS 1900 is the first bar code
reader in its class to decode the emerging Reduced Space Symbology (RSS) bar codes.
"The Cobra LS 1900 offers design elements and features previously found only in more expensive
products," says Brian Viscount, Vice President of the Scanning Product Division at Symbol. "For
example, by adding RSS, the new bar code driven by the UCC/EAN standards organizations,
customers are able to read extended product information, such as variable weights, prices and
dates. Customers investing in new Cobra products today won't need to upgrade their hardware in
six months to accommodate the emerging RSS codes."
The Cobra LS 1900 Series will be available in triggered and triggerless configurations for
optimised "aim and scan" or contact bar code reading, and will come with a host of features
usually found in higher-end offerings, including Advanced Data Formatting (ADF), flash memory
and RSS decode capabilities. The Cobra readers are compatible with Symbol's universal cables,
which ensure connectivity to any host.
"The Cobra LS 1900 expands our already deep product offering to our business partners," said
Stanley P. Jaworski, Jr., Vice President and General Manager, Symbol Worldwide Channels and
Alliances. "Indirect sales have been an increasing part of Symbol's overall revenue, and with
products like the Cobra series, we increase the competitiveness of our product portfolio and
ultimately increase our sales to second and third-tier retail customers."
"We welcome the introduction of the Cobra line because it will give our customers a quality
product from the leader in bar code data capture that competes aggressively in the price
sensitive part of the marketplace, especially with niche and specialty retailers," says Buck
Baker, Vice President of Merchandising from ScanSource. "Cost and ease of implementation are
two of the most important concerns of our customer base and the Cobra line addresses both
The Cobra LS 1900 Series will showcase design enhancements such as a large, bright two-color LED
and adjustable volume beeper for strong visual and audible feedback on decodes. Detailed
attention to the handheld ergonomic includes a curved rubber nose for easy scan beam orientation
- even when scanning on contact - as well as a lightweight balanced form maximised for operator
comfort. The Cobra LS 1900 will come with a five-year warranty against defects, as well as a
Lifetime warranty on the patented Mylar scan element.
About Symbol Technologies:
Symbol Technologies, winner of the 1999 US National Medal of Technology, is a global leader in
mobile data transaction systems, providing innovative customer solutions based on wireless local
area networking for data and voice, application-specific mobile computing and bar code data
Symbol's wireless information appliances connect the physical world of people on the move,
packages, paper and shipping pallets, to information systems and the Internet. Today, some 10
million Symbol bar code scanners, mobile computers and wireless LANs are utilised worldwide in
markets ranging from retailing to transportation and distribution logistics, manufacturing,
parcel and postal delivery, government, healthcare and education. Symbol's systems and products
are used to increase productivity from the factory floor to the retail store, to the enterprise
and out to the home. Information about Symbol is available at http://www.symbol.com.
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