Zebra Lab DS9900 Hybrid Scanner

Clinicians often encounter adversity that other industries do not. For example, Barcodes found in the lab — from tiny barcodes on microscope slides to curved barcodes on medication bottles — can be challenging for a general purpose imager. Zebra’s DS9900 Series is purpose-built for lab environments, offering unparalleled productivity and ease of use. Workers get first-time, every time capture of the many types of barcodes found in the lab including small, high density, curved and color-coded. A one-of-a-kind hybrid design offers both handheld and hands-free scanning, with seamless switching between modes. And an RFID model combines barcode scanning with RFID capabilities to read RFID tags on blood bags and other specimen samples. Improve workflow and accuracy with the hybrid imager built for the lab — the DS9900 Series.


Scan it all

With a high resolution megapixel sensor and the exclusive PRZM Intelligent Imaging Technology, the DS9900 provides unparalleled scanning performance no matter the condition, size, or nature of the barcodes being scanned.

Rapid fire scanning

Improved field of view and an 800 MHz microprocessor provides near instant barcode capture every time, to keep your clinicians moving and focused on what matters.

Dynamic Switching

Your healthcare system never stops moving, which is why the DS9900 can instantly switch modes between hands-free and handheld modes, so it is always ready for wherever it is needed.


Physical Characteristics

DS9908: 8.0 in. H x 3.7 in. W x 5.2 in. D / 20.3 cm H x 9.4 cm W x 13.2 cm D
DS9908R: 8.0 in. H x 3.9 in. W x 5.75 in. D / 20.3 cm H x 9.9 cm W x 14.6 cm D

DS9908: 11.6 oz./330.0 g
DS9908R: 14.8 oz./420.0 g

Input Voltage Range: 4.5 to 5.5 VDC Host Powered; 4.5 to 5.5 VDC External Power Supply

Operating current at nominal voltage (5.0V):
DS9908: 321 mA (typical)
DS9908R: 400 mA (typical)

Standby current (idle) at nominal voltage (5.0V):
DS9908: 70 mA (typical)
DS9908R: 135 mA (typical)

Color: Alpine White

Supported Host Interfaces: USB Certified3, RS232, Keyboard Wedge, TGCS (IBM) 46XX over RS485

Keyboard Support: Supports over 90 international keyboards

User Indicators: Direct Decode Indicator, Good Decode LEDs, Speaker (adjustable tone and volume)

Performance Characteristics

Swipe Speed (Hands-Free): Up to 240 in./610 cm per second for 13 mil UPC in optimized mode

Light Source: Aiming Pattern: Circular 528nm green LED

Illumination: (2) warm white LEDs

Imager Field of View: 48° H x 30.6° V nominal

Image Sensor: 1280 x 800 pixels

Minimum Print Contrast: 16% minimum reflective difference

Skew Tolerance: +/- 60°

Pitch Tolerance: +/- 60°

Roll Tolerance: 0° – 360°

RFID (DS9908R)

Standards Supported: EPC Class 1 Gen2; EPC Gen2 V2; ISO-18000-63

RFID Engine: Zebra Proprietary Radio Technology

Nominal Read Range: ~18 in. / ~45.7 cm

RFID Power Output: 3 dBm to 22 dBm

Frequency Range:
US: 902 – 928 MHz
EU: 865 – 868 MHz
Japan: 916 – 923 MHz

Imaging Characteristics

Graphics Format Support: Images can be exported as Bitmap, JPEG or TIFF

Image Quality (A4 Document): 116 PPI on an 8.3 x 11.7 in./21.0 x 29.7 cm document @ 8.0 in./20.3 cm


Operating Temperature: 32.0° to 122.0° F / 0.0° to 50.0° C

Storage Temperature: -40.0° to 158.0° F / -40.0° to 70.0° C

Humidity: 5% to 95% RH, non-condensing

Drop Specification:
DS9908: Designed to withstand multiple drops at 5.0 ft./1.5 m to concrete
DS9908R: Designed to withstand multiple drops at 4.0 ft./1.2 m to concrete

Tumble Specification:
Designed to withstand 2,000 tumbles in 1.5 ft. /0.5 m tumbler4

Environmental Sealing:
DS9908: IP52
DS9908R: IP42

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD): ESD per EN61000-4-2, +/-15 KV Air, +/-8 KV Direct, +/-8 KV Indirect

Ambient Light Immunity: 0 to 10,000 Foot Candles / 0 to 107,600 Lux


Environmental: EN 50581:2012

Electrical Safety:
IEC 62368-1 (ed.2)
EN 62368-1:2014/AC:2015

LED Safety:
IEC 62471:2006 (Ed.1.0)
EN 62471:2008 (LED)

EN 55032:2012/AC:2013 (Class B)
EN 55032:2015/AC:2016 (Class B)
EN 55024:2010
EN 55024:2010/A1:2015
EN 55035:2017
EN 61000-3-2:2014 (Class A)
EN 61000-3-3:2013
47 CFR Part 15, Subpart B, Class B
ICES-003 Issue 6, Class B

Multi-Mount Bracket (non RFID model only)

Symbol Decode Capability

1D: Code 39, Code 128, Code 93, Codabar/NW7, Code 11, MSI Plessey, UPC/EAN, I 2 of 5, Korean 3 of 5, GS1 DataBar, Base 32 (Italian Pharma)

2D: PDF417, Micro PDF417, Composite Codes, TLC-39, Aztec, DataMatrix, MaxiCode, QR Code, Micro QR, Han Xin, Postal Codes

OCR: OCR-A, OCR-B, MICR, US Currency

Minimum Element Resolution:
Code 39 – 3.0 mil
Code 128 – 3.0 mil*
DataMatrix – 5.0 mil
QR Code – 5.0 mil
* with Decode Range Limit feature disabled.


Subject to the terms of Zebra’s hardware warranty statement, the DS9900 Series is warranted against defects in workmanship and materials for a period of Five Years from the date of shipment.

Recommended Services
Zebra OneCare Select; Zebra OneCare Essential

DS9908-HD Handheld Decode Ranges (Typical)

Symbology/Resolution: Near/Far

Code 39: 3 mil: 1.3 in./3.3 cm to 3.7 in./9.4 cm

Code 128: 3 mil: 1.4 in./3.6 cm to 4.2 in./10.7 cm

Code 128: 5 mil: 0.8 in./2 cm to 7.5 in./19 cm

PDF 417: 6.7 mil: 0.8 in./2 cm to 8 in./20 cm

UPC: 13 mil (100%): 0.2 in./0.5 cm to 19.1 in./48.5 cm

Data Matrix: 10 mil: 0.5 in./1.3 cm to 9.3 in./23.6 cm

QR: 20 mil: 0 in./0 cm to 13.7 in./34.8 cm

DS9908-HD Hands-Free Decode Ranges (Typical)

Symbology/Resolution: Near/Far

Code 39: 3 mil: 1.1 in./2.8 cm to 3.7 in./9.4 cm

Code 128: 5 mil: 0.6 in./1.5 cm to 2.5 in./6.4 cm

PDF 417: 6.7 mil: 0.8 in./2.0 cm to 8.0 in./20.3 cm

UPC: 13 mil (100%): 0 in./0 cm to 9.5 in./24.1 cm

Data Matrix: 10 mil: 0 in./0 cm to 9.3 in./23.6 cm

QR: 20 mil: 0 in./0 cm to 9.5 in./24.1 cm

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