Handheld vs Desktop/Mobile Scanners

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Today, we will talk about the pros and cons of differences between a handheld scanner versus a base or a mobile scanner.




What You Will Learn in This Week’s Podcast:

  • Handheld scanners are kind of like to Swiss army knife
  • You can leave them on the desk or take them with you.
  • They can go mobile and can go into a backpack.
  • Portable radios run off of internal batteries, but they can also run off of commercial power.
  • Not every portable scanner can run off of commercial power and charge batteries at the same time.
  • Speakers in handheld radios are small and are not as loud as a mobile radio.
  • Handheld radios can get knocked around; they can fall off a desk, they can fall off your belt, they can get knocked around in a backpack.
  • If you are not careful, you can put a lot of stress on the antenna port on your handheld radios.
  • Desktop scanners have a cleaner installation.
  • Mostly accessory ports are on the back of the unit.
  • You also get larger displays in desktop scanners.
  • Desktop scanners have been using the same plugs on their accessories for decades.
  • Mobile and desktop scanners both have a larger speaker, which also means it’s got a little more bass, and it’s definitely got some larger audio when it comes to how much volume is coming out of the unit.
  • Today’s new cars with their fancy dashboards, it’s really difficult to find a place to actually mount mobile radio scanners.

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