Symbol P370 and P470 Cordless Scanners


P370 Kit - $2,222
P470 Kit - $2,122

Interface cables are ordered separately

Introducing a New Family of Cordless Scanners

Symbol Technologies announces a new family of cordless scanners with keypad and display: the P370 and P470 for demanding data management tasks, even in extreme environments. These versatile cordless scanners are a perfect blend of superb performance and minimum user fatigue. Available in industrial and retail versions, they build on Symbol Technologies heritage of world-leading technology and award-winning ergonomic research. The futuristic "handle-forward" design was awarded a gold medal in the 1998 Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA98) by Business Week magazine and the Industrial Design Society of America.

The P370 is the industrial version for extreme environments while the P470 is ideal for data management in a retail environment. Both versions make even the most difficult jobs go faster, smoother and easier  -because there's no cable there are no restraints. Both versions share the cutting-edge industrial design,  powerful engine technology and rich feature sets. Whatever the industry or application, Symbol has the tools for the job.

Wireless Scanning - The Key to Increased Productivity

The P370 and P470 cordless scanners go where the data needs to be managed up to 100 ft/30m from your host. That's because they use low-power radio frequency (RF) transmissions that do not require a license to communicate with your host computer.

p370incradle1The P370 is the industrial strength cordless scanner for extreme environments that combines mobility, durability and aggressive scanning performance. In factory or warehouse applications where the cable restricts movement and cordless scanning is simply a better solution. In harsh environments where the cable can get damaged and make your scanner system inoperable. In shipping and receiving applications where the cable denies access, the P370 is the only solution.

p470incradle1The P470 is ideal in retail environments where a cabled scanner limits access beyond the counter area. With the cordless P470 there are no cable restraints so scanning heavy, oversized or bulk items that are difficult to place on the counter at checkout is a breeze!

Greater Convenience and High Performance

The P370 and P470 cordless scanners deliver all the performance you've come to expect in hand-held scanners from Symbol Technologies. They are built on the heritage of our industry leading scanners, known throughout the world as the benchmark for fast, accurate bar code reading and reliability in tough outdoor, industrial and retail environments.

The ergonomic contours of the P370 and P470 cordless scanners fit the hand securely and help reduce fatigue - important in scan-intensive applications. The 17-key numeric keypad and easy-to-read two-line by 20-character display are top-mounted for effortless access and visibility. The scanners weigh just 12 oz/336 gm and are rugged and comfortable to use and withstand repeated 6 ft/1.8m drops onto concrete. The industrial strength P370, sealed to IP54 specifications against windblown rain and dust, operates in a wide temperature range and enables data management in places ordinary scanners could not go before.

Tailor Applications with Ease

Because flexibility is the hallmark of the P370 and P470 cordless scanners, Symbol Technologies teamed it with MCL-Designer, an easy-to-use Windows-based application development tool. Using MCL-Designer's intuitive graphical user interface, even non-programmers can create custom programs. Applications can be simulated and debugged before they are downloaded to the scanner. The MCL interpreter is preloaded in memory.

Flexible Host Interface

The base station for both versions features an integrated RS 232 and synapse interface for connectivity to many popular PC, POS and computer terminals so its easy to integrate the scanners into your existing data collection environment. In addition, replaceable interface cable modules make it easy to upgrade to new host terminals.

The base station functions as a holder as well as a battery recharge station. Batteries are recharged within four hours either in the scanner or removed and charged in a separate charger to maximize scanner use. We understand that the scanner has to last a full 8-hour shift so we integrated power-down circuitry that conserves battery power by turning  the scanner off after successful data transmission.

The P370 and P470 cordless scanners are backed by Symbol Technologies' worldwide service and support network. With millions of scanners and terminals installed, Symbol is the world leader in bar code-driven data transaction systems.

P370 and P470 Specification Highlights

Physical  Characteristics


7 in. H x 9.2 in. W x 3.5 in. D/17.8 cm H x 23.1 cm W x 9 cm D


P370 Industrial Version: Yellow w/Dark Gray
P470 Retail Version: Light Gray w/Dark Gray


12 oz/336 gm

Light Source

650 nm laser diode

Laser Class

CDRH Class II, IEC Class 2

Scan Rate

36 (3) scan/sec (bi-directional)

Print Contrast

20% minimum reflectance


17-key keypad, single-stroke numeric, shifted alpha, user-programmable function keys

Performance Characteristics

Decode Capability:

UPC/EAN with supplements, Code 39, Code 39 Full ASCII, Code 128, EAN 128, Codabar, I 2 of 5, Discrete 2 of 5, MSI/Plessey

Interface Type:

RS-232, Keyboard Wedge, Synapse smart cables: Scanner/Wand Emulation, RS-232 Single, RS-232 Dual, IBM 46xx, OCIA, Keyboard Wedges, USB and OCR

Battery Power:

Rechargeable 3.6 VDC 1.1AH LiIon Battery (Green)

User Environment

Ambient Light Immunity:

Sunlight: 10,000 ft-candles/107640 lux
Artificial light: 450 ft-candles/4,844 lux

Operating Temperature:

P370: -4 to 122 F (-20 to 50 C)
P470: "32 to 104 F (0 to 40 C)

Storage Temperature:

-40 to 158 F (-40 to 70 C)


5% to 95%  (noncondensing)


P370: Multiple 6ft/1.8 m drops to concrete
P470: Multiple 5ft/1.1m drops to concrete


P370 only: All components sealed to IP54against windblown rain and dust


Electrical Safety:

Certification to UL1950, CSA C22.2 No. 950, EN60950/IEC950

Laser Safety:

CDRH Class II, IEC Class 2


FCC Part 15 Class B, ICES-003 Class B, European Union EMC Directive, Australian SMA


Radio Range

Up to 100 ft./30 m and 100 coexisting systems*


Unlicensed 2.4 GHz point-to-point narrow band

Radio Power Output

<1 mW

Base I/F Charger


PL 370: Yellow w/Twilight Black; Sealed to IP54
PL 470 Retail Version: Light Gray w/Dark Gray: No Sealing


RS-232C, Synapse

Charge Time

4-hour fast charge

Base Dimensions

3.5 in. H x 9.5 in. L x 4 in. W/8.9 cm H x 24.1 cm L x 10.2 cm


Operates from a separate 9V power supply 1.2A

For system, product or services availability and specific information within your country, please contact your local Symbol Technologies office or Authorized Business Partner.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.  Synapse is a trademark of Symbol Technologies Inc.

Part No. HI Printed in USA 9/99 1999 Symbol Technologies, Inc.

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