Barcode scanning plays a crucial role in various industries and businesses. However, with numerous options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to select a suitable scanner. Currently, the two most popular handheld barcode scanners in the market are the Honeywell Granit 1990i SR and Zebra DS3600-DR. This article aims to compare the design, features, performance, and cost of both scanners to help you determine which one is the best fit for your needs. Whether you’re in retail, manufacturing, or any other industry that requires quick and precise barcode scanning, this article will provide valuable insights.

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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
Zebra DS3600-DP Physical Properties image


  • Standard working temperature for corded models: -30°C to 50°C
  • Standard working temperature for cordless models: -20°C to 50°C
  • Storage temperature: -40°C to 70°C
  • Can survive 8 ft drops across the operating range
  • Can survive 10 ft drops at room temperature
  • IP ratings of IP65 and IP68

Working/Storage Temperatures

When it comes to the working and operating temperatures, they are both very similar. Both have a storage temperature of -40°C to 70°C but what sets them apart is the cordless models have an operating temperature range of -20°C to 50°C which is 10°C less than the Granit 1990i SR. but the corded DS3600-DR model has the same operating range as the Granit 1990i SR.

Accordion Content

The operating temperature of a handheld barcode scanner is a crucial factor to consider as it significantly impacts the device’s performance and durability. Using a scanner outside of its specified operating temperature range can lead to malfunctions, reduced accuracy, and even permanent damage to the device.

For instance, exposing a scanner to extreme temperatures can cause condensation to form inside the device, leading to corrosion and other issues that affect its performance. Similarly, using a scanner in a high-temperature environment, such as a warehouse in the summer, can cause the internal components to heat up and cause irreparable damage.

In summary, the operating temperature of a handheld barcode scanner is vital as it directly affects the device’s performance and lifespan. By selecting a scanner designed to operate within the temperature range of your work environment, you can ensure optimal performance and an extended lifespan for the device.

Drop Resistance

At room temperature, both scanners have the same drop resistance at 10 ft. But across the operating range, the DS3600-DP has a higher drop resistance at 8 ft compared to the 6.5 ft of the Granit 1990i SR.

IP ratings

Both scanners have a standard IP rating of IP65, indicating that they are completely dust-tight and can withstand light water jets. However, the Granit 1990i SR has an additional rating of IP67, which means that it can be fully submerged in water at low pressure for short periods.

On the other hand, the DS3600-DP, in addition to its IP65 rating, also has an IP68 rating. This rating indicates that it can be submerged in water at high pressure for extended periods.

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


  • 1D and 2D Scanning Capabilities 
  • Uses laser scanner
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Interface Connections: USB, Keyboard Wedge (KBW), RS232, and Ethernet


Both scanners has the ability to scan both 1D and 2D barcodes. However, what distinguishes them is the type of scanner they use. The Granit 1990i SR uses an imager scanner, whereas the DS3600-DP uses a laser scanner.

Generally speaking, an imager scanner is superior at reading 2D barcodes, while a laser scanner is typically more precise and performs better at scanning 1D barcodes.


Both the Scanners come equipped with Bluetooth capabilities and sharing inputs such as USB, Keyboard Wedge (KBW), and RS232. However, the DS3600-DP also has an ethernet connection which the Granit 1990i SR does not.

Accordion Content

Having multiple interface connections is important for handheld barcode scanners for several reasons:

Compatibility with different devices: With multiple interface connections, a handheld barcode scanner can be used with various devices, such as computers, mobile devices, and point-of-sale (POS) systems. This increases the flexibility of the scanner and allows it to be used in different settings, such as in a retail store, warehouse, or healthcare facility.
Future-proofing: Different devices may have different interface standards, and technology constantly evolves. Multiple interface connections ensure that the scanner can connect to current and future devices without purchasing a new scanner or adapter when technology changes.
Backup connection: In case of a connection failure, having multiple interface connections can provide a backup option for the scanner to connect to the device, ensuring that the scanning process can continue without interruption.
Ease of integration: Multiple interface connections make integrating the scanner into existing systems easier, as the scanner can be connected to the device through the appropriate interface without requiring additional hardware or software.
Increased productivity: With multiple interface connections, the scanner can be quickly and easily connected to different devices, expanding the user’s productivity and reducing the time and effort required to switch between devices.

In summary, multiple interface connections are important for handheld barcode scanners as they increase the flexibility, future-proofing, backup options, ease of integration, and productivity of the scanner.

Pricing and Accessories

Honeywell Granit 1990i Sr Pricing and Accessories

Granit 1990i SR

  • $646.33 to $1,055.87
Zebra DS3600-DP Pricing and Accesories image


  • $1,948.70 to $2,583.10


Regarding the pricing, there is a significant difference between the two scanners. The base model of the DS3600-DP costs approximately $1,300 more than the Granit 1990i SR. Furthermore, the difference in pricing between the top-of-the-line models is even greater, with the DS3600-DP costing around $1,500 more than the Granit 1990i SR.


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


Selecting the appropriate scanner can be a challenging task, given the various factors and options to consider. If you are looking for features such as improved IP sealing, greater drop resistance, more interface connections, or a laser scanner, the DS3600-DP scanner may be the most suitable choice. However, if you are searching for a cost-effective handheld scanner that uses an imager scanner, then the Granit 1990i Sr is a viable option.

Honeywell Granit 1990i SR Models

Zebra DS3600-DP Models

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