There are two top contenders on the market when it comes to choosing the right handheld scanner for your business: the Honeywell Granit 1990i SR and the Datalogic Powerscan 9600. Each of these scanners has its own set of features and capabilities, making it difficult to choose between them. In this article, we will compare the two scanners in terms of their design, performance, and functionality, so that you can make an informed decision based on your specific needs. In this comparison, you’ll find information about the best barcode scanners for a wide range of uses, including warehouse scanning and retail point-of-sale scanning.

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Physical Properties

Honeywell Granit 1990i Sr Physical Properties image

Granit 1990i SR

  • Standard working temperature: -30°C to 50°C
  • Storage temperature: -40°C to 70°C
  • Can survive 6.5 foot drops across operating range
  • Can survive 10 ft drops at room temperature
  • IP ratings of IP65 and IP67
Datalogic Powerscan 9600 Physical Properties image

Powerscan 9600

  • Standard operating temperature: -20°C to 50°C
  • Storage temperature: -40°C to 70°C
  • Can survive 6.5 ft drops across operating range
  • Can survive 8.2 ft drops at room temperature
  • IP ratings of IP65 and IP67

Working/Storage Temperatures

The working temperature of both scanners are quite similar. However, the Granit 1990i SR can operate at a lower temperature by 10°C. As for storage temperature, both devices are the same.

Drop Resistance

The Granit 1990i SR wins in terms of drop resistance, as it can be dropped from a height of 10 feet at room temperature while the Powerscan 9600 can only withstand drops from 8.2 feet. It’s worth noting, however, that both devices offer the same level of drop resistance across their entire operating ranges.

Accordion Content

Drop resistance is a crucial feature in handheld barcode scanners. It ensures that the device can endure accidental drops and impacts without breaking or malfunctioning. Handheld scanners are often subjected to rough handling and accidental drops, especially in business environments. These can cause significant damage to the device, affecting its performance and resulting in costly repairs or replacements.

A drop-resistant scanner can endure these conditions and keep functioning normally. This reduces the risk of downtime and the need for expensive repairs or replacements. This is especially crucial in industries where time and efficiency are critical, like warehouse operations, shipping and receiving, and retail operations.

Furthermore, drop resistance can also increase the scanner’s lifespan, which decreases the overall cost of ownership for the business. Additionally, a drop-resistant scanner instills confidence in its durability and reliability, giving users peace of mind that the device can withstand tough working conditions.

Therefore, when selecting a handheld barcode scanner, businesses should consider drop resistance as an essential factor. This feature is crucial in ensuring that the investment will last and perform efficiently over time.

IP ratings

Regarding the IP rating, both have the same rating of IP65 and IP67. An IP65 rating signifies that the device can endure light jets of water and is completely dustproof. On the other hand, an IP67 rating means that it can be immersed in water for up to 30 minutes under low pressure.

Physical Properties - Which is better?

When it comes to physical properties, the Granit 1990i SR is the winner due to its wider range of operating temperatures and better drop resistance.

Scanning and connectivity

Honeywell Granit 1990i SR Scanning Properties image

Granit 1990i SR

  • 1D and 2D scanning capabilities
  • Uses imager scanner
  • Bluetooth enabled 
  • Interface connections: USB, Keyboard Wedge (KBW), and RS232
Datalogic Powerscan 9600 Scanning Properties image

Powerscan 9600

  • 1D and 2D scanning capabilities
  • Uses imager scanner
  • Not Bluetooth enabled 
  • Interface connections: USB, RS232, and Ethernet


Both are equipped with 1D and 2D capabilities and use imager scanners.


Regarding connectivity, both have three interface connections: USB, RS232, and either Keyboard Wedge (KBW) or Ethernet. The Granit 1990i SR has the KBW option, while the Powerscan 9600 has an Ethernet option. The difference between the two is that the Granit 1990i SR is Bluetooth-enabled, while the Powerscan 9600 is not.

Accordion Content

Bluetooth is an important feature in handheld barcode scanners because it provides wireless connectivity to other devices, such as computers, mobile phones, and tablets. This allows users to scan barcodes remotely, without being physically connected to the device they are communicating with.

The use of Bluetooth in handheld barcode scanners has several benefits:

  1. Increased Mobility: Bluetooth allows users to move freely while scanning, without being restricted by cables or cords. This is especially useful in large warehouses or retail environments, where mobility is essential for efficiency.
  2. Improved Productivity: Bluetooth eliminates the need to physically connect the scanner to a computer or device, which can save time and increase productivity.
  3. Enhanced User Experience: Bluetooth allows for seamless and convenient data transfer, making the scanning process easier and more intuitive for the user.
  4. Reduced Wiring Clutter: By eliminating the need for cables and cords, Bluetooth helps to reduce the amount of wiring and clutter in the workplace.

Overall, the integration of Bluetooth in handheld barcode scanners makes data transfer faster, more efficient, and more convenient for users. This is an important consideration for businesses that need to scan barcodes in real-time and quickly transfer data to other devices for processing.

Pricing and Accessories

Honeywell Granit 1990i Sr Pricing and Accessories

Granit 1990i SR

  • $646.33 to $1,055.87
Datalogic Powerscan 9600 Pricing and Accesories image

Powerscan 9600

  • $568.10 to $986.70


In terms of pricing, the base model of Powerscan 9600 is approximately $80 less expensive than the Granit 1990i SR. This price difference also applies to their top-end models, with a gap of around $80 between them.


The two scanners both have many accessories, from mounts and cradles to cables, chargers, and carrying devices. You can find all the accessories for your needs quickly.


When considering a barcode scanner, several factors may influence your decision, such as operating temperature, drop resistance, and connectivity options. If these aspects are important to you, you may want to consider the Granit 1990i SR and the Powerscan 9600. The Honeywell Granit 1990i SR offers higher operating temperature, better drop resistance, and Bluetooth connectivity. On the other hand, the Powerscan 9600 may be a more affordable option for those seeking an efficient scanner. Ultimately, your choice between these two scanners will depend on your specific needs and requirements.

Honeywell Granit 1990i SR Models

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