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Symbol SPT1550 Hand Held Computer

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SPT1550 Options
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SPT1550-TRG80400-KIT SPT1550 Complete Kit, Includes everything you need: SPT1550 terminal (8MB RAM, monochrome display. Includes scanner. Order cradle & batteries separately. See accessories.), and a Sync cable. Check Availability Call for Details
SPT1550-TRG80400 SPT1550, 8MB RAM, monochrome display. Includes scanner. Order cradle & batteries separately. See accessories. See Replacement Call for Details

Symbol SPT1550 Details

Pocketable Productivity for People on the Move

Symbol Technologies has maximized efficiency, functionality and productivity in a new pocket-sized Palm Powered™ device—the SPT1550 . Equipped with the latest processing technology and features, the SPT1550 is a powerful productivity tool, enabling users to capture and manage data faster and easier than ever.

Superior Features for Maximum Performance

The SPT1550 is 100% compatible with Palm OS® hardware and software and offers mobile professionals significant advantages with benefits in data capture, information access and computing power. The SPT1550 features an integrated scan engine and conveniently placed scan triggers, enabling fast, efficient, and accurate data capture. This is the smallest, lightest, and brightest engine available today, enabling the SPT1550 to deliver premium performance bar code scanning.

The SPT1550 comes with a generous 8 MB of RAM and 4 MB of ROM, for application or data storage needs, and its 33MHz processor allows applications to run at peak speeds, keeping pace with business demands. With its touch-based graphical interface, push-button controls, and backlit 160 x 160-pixel display, the SPT1550 is easy to use, even outdoors or in dimly lit spaces. Two AAA batteries deliver hours of power, or an optional rechargeable NiMH battery kit is available. The SPT1550 supports both single and multi-slot cradles for flexible host communications in most network and user environments.

The Point of Activity Advantage

The SPT1550 is designed for convenient operation in the office or on the road. Its ease-of-use and functionality lend themselves to applications in a host of industries.

Salespeople can enter customer information, scan items from a bar-coded catalog and check downloaded price lists, enabling more time to sell and less time doing paperwork. With its laser scanning capability, the SPT1550 can also help increase efficiency in the office, streamlining processes such as office supply ordering. Medical professionals can take advantage of the SPT1550 's mobility, using the device for patient verification, bedside drug administration and a host of applications used hospital-wide.

Teachers and education professionals can use the device to access and update student records, including daily attendance and grading. With its easy to use interface, consumers can also enjoy the benefits of scanning with the SPT1550 . Instead of written shopping lists, consumers can scan items as they are depleted, creating an electronic shopping list. This electronic list can be used on the next shopping trip or uploaded over phone lines to the local store or e-commerce websites.

Tailor Applications for Your Business

Any business can tailor the adaptable SPT1550 to boost the productivity of its mobile professionals. Because the device is based on the Palm platform, programmers can build solutions using familiar Palm OS® development tools.

The Palm OS Software Development Kit (SDK) includes the Symbol Application Programming Interfaces (API) for controlling the scanner and manipulating data input, and trial versions of several of the most popular Palm development environments. A growing roster of software companies support the SPT product family with tools for network and database connectivity.

To learn more about the SPT1550 or our other innovative business solutions, contact us at any of the locations listed below or visit

SPT1550 Features

SPT1550 Benefits

Superior ergonomics and pocket-sized design

Lightweight, convenient point-of-activity computing

DragonBall VZ Processor

33MHz of high performance processing power for standard or customized data

Palm OS® platform

Versatile and easy to use, 100% compatible with standard Palm OS applications, convenient PIM icons

Integrated miniature scan engine

Capture and manage bar code data quickly and easily

8 MB RAM / 4 MB Flash ROM

Easily accommodates application and memory demands

Enhanced backlit display with digitizer

Better visibility in poor lighting conditions

Pen input with Graphical User Interface

Intuitive point and display operation; multiple modes of convenient data input; Signature capture capabilities

Graffiti® power writing technology

One-stroke character recognition enables fast manual data input

One-touch data synchronization with host or network

Assures up-to-the-minute data access on your SPT1550 and host system

IrDA port

Share information via infrared with SPT terminals and other Palm OS devices

Supports single and multi-slot cradles

Flexible host communications for most network and user environments

SPT1550 Specification Highlights

SPT1550 Physical Characteristics


.66 in. H x 3.16 in. W x 5.46 in. L / 17 mm H x 81 mm W x 140 mm L


5.5 oz. / 154.0 gm without batteries; 6.1 oz. / 170.8 gm with batteries


Physical: 5 keys (same as Palm); Virtual: Pop-up alphanumeric

Light Source:

Visible Laser Diode at 650 nm

Laser Class:

CDRH Class II, IEC 825 Class 2

Minimum Print Contrast:

25% absolute dark/light reflectance at 650 nm

Interface Type:

Serial RS-232; IrDA communications


2 AAA alkaline cells or Symbol NiMH rechargeable pack

SPT1550 Performance Characteristics


Motorola DragonBall VZ—33MHz



Operating System:

Palm OS®

Development Tools:

AppForge, CodeWarrior, SatelliteForms, PenRight!


Type: LCD touch screen; backlit; 2.3 in. x 2.3 in. / 5.8 cm x 5.8 cm; Resolution: 160 x 160 pixels

Decode Capability:

UPC/EAN/JAN, Code 128, Code 39, Code 93, Interleaved 2 of 5, Discrete 2 of 5, Codabar, MSI Plessey


Maximum: Code 39 at 55 mils: 60 cm; Minimum: 100% UPC: 5 cm; Code 39 at 55 mils: 24 cm

SPT1550 User Environment

SPT1550 Operating Temperature:

10º to 32ºC / 50º to 90ºF

Ambient Light:

Artificial: 450 ft.-candles / 4,844 lux; Sunlight: 10,000 ft.-candles / 107,640 lux

SPT1550 Accessories


Single slot serial, single slot modem, four slot serial, four slot Ethernet

Snap-on Modem:

Send information back to host through a telephone line

Vehicle Holder:

Provides easy access, storage and viewing of the SPT1550

Rechargeable Battery Kit:

Custom NiMH battery provides hours of continuous use. Fully recharges in under 3 hours.

Rubber Boot:

Adds durability for the SPT1550

SPT1550 Regulatory

Electrical Safety:

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

Laser Safety:

CDRH Class II, IEC Class 1 or 2


FCC Part 15 Class B, IECES-003 Class B, European Union EMC Directive

The Symbol SPT1550 is also known as the Symbol Technologies SPT1550 .