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SPT1550 Pocketable Computers

Pocketable Productivity for People on the Move

Symbol Technologies has maximized efficiency, functionality and productivity in a new pocket-sized Palm Powered device—the SPT 1550. Equipped with the latest processing technology and features, the SPT 1550 is a powerful productivity tool, enabling users to capture and manage data faster and easier than ever.

Superior Features for Maximum Performance

The SPT 1550 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 SPT 1550 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 SPT 1550 to deliver premium performance bar code scanning.

The SPT 1550 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 SPT 1550 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 SPT 1550 supports both single and multi-slot cradles for flexible host communications in most network and user environments.

The Point of Activity Advantage

The SPT 1550 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 SPT 1550 can also help increase efficiency in the office, streamlining processes such as office supply ordering. Medical professionals can take advantage of the SPT 1550'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 SPT 1550. 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 SPT 1550 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.

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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 SPT 1550 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

SPT 1550 Specification Highlights

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.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

Performance Characteristics  cm_sp



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

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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

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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 SPT 1550

Rechargeable Battery Kit:

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

Rubber Boot:

Adds durability for the SPT 1550

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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


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