Bar Code Scanners

Increase process efficiencies in scan-intensive operations

The Symbol LS4208 handheld laser scanner accelerates throughput with breakthrough productivity-enhancing features, including continuous one-pass scanning. It also offers features not found in other available scanners: innovative multi-line rastering scan pattern, wide working range and superior motion tolerance.

Additional benefits:

  • Rapidly scans all types of one-dimensional (1D) bar codes, including damaged symbols or stacked symbology (RSS) bar codes, as well as PDF417, microPDF and composite symbologies (PR configuration)
  • Minimizes need for manual data entry
  • Optional Intellistand automatically transitions between handheld and presentation scan modes to accommodate large or bulky items
  • Multiple on-board interfaces and universal cables allow use with different host systems
  • Supports reduced space symbology (RSS) to ensure compatibility with emerging standards
  • Remote Scanner Management (RSM) support dramatically reduces management effort and cost


Symbol LS4208 Handheld Scanner

Increase performance with Motorola’s next-generation scanner for customers who value productivity

With the Symbol LS4208 handheld laser bar code scanner, you’re able to effortlessly speed throughput, even with bar codes in poor condition. Wherever you need to quickly capture and process data — such as at the retail checkout counter, in pharmacies and hospitals, and in light warehouse environments — this ergonomically designed scanner helps you increase accuracy, improve productivity, cut maintenance costs and reduce the risk of downtime.

Benefit from innovative features never before delivered by a single scanner

The Symbol LS4208 delivers intuitive, productivity-enhancing functionality that allows even your novice users to quickly capture data. Its innovative multi-line rastering scan pattern virtually eliminates the need for end-user training, and lets you scan all types of one-dimensional (1D) bar codes, including damaged symbols or stacked reduced space symbology (RSS) bar codes. The PDF configuration expands the decoding capabilities to include PDF417, microPDF and composite symbologies. In addition, the scanner’s 19-inch scanning range and superior motion tolerance gives users greater flexibility to rapidly and accurately capture data from a variety of items without pausing between scans, while recently added faster scanning and decoding capabilities mean employees are able to process more items more rapidly and spend less time keying in data.

Minimize your chances of downtime

Designed for constant, rigorous use in retail, office and light industrial settings, the Symbol LS4208 provides you with reliability you’ll be able to depend on. Along with a 6 ft. drop spec that allows the scanner to keep on running even after dropped repeatedly to concrete, the Symbol LS4208 also offers single circuit-board construction. By eliminating the failure points commonly found with interconnect ribbon cables, this unique design feature helps to lower your total cost of ownership.

Future-proof your investment

The Symbol LS4208 provides you with next generation technology today and the adaptability to meet your needs in the future. The scanner’s multi-interface and universal cables enable connection to a variety of hosts, allowing you to easily update your systems. In addition, since the Symbol LS4208 is designed for the newest and emerging 1D symbologies such as RSS bar codes, as well as PDF and other variants (PR configuration), you’ll be able to continue using the same device for all your scanning requirements, even though your requirements may change.

Protect your productivity with comprehensive services and support

Even the most durable scanners require a support plan. That’s why Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility Services cover every aspect of your Symbol LS4208 —to ensure all of your support needs are met. Motorola’s Service from the Start Advance Exchange Support provides next-business-day delivery of a replacement device for true service peace of mind. This offer also includes Motorola’s unique Comprehensive Coverage, which extends normal wear and tear to cover accidental damage to exit windows, scan elements and more at no extra charge — virtually eliminating your unforeseen repair expenses.

For more information about the Symbol LS4208, please contact us at +1.800.722.6234 or +1.631.738.2400.

Features Benefits
1D, PDF and composite code scanning Available in both 1D only (SR) and PDF/Composite (PR) configurations to support a wide range of productivity-enhancing applications
Multi-line rastering scan pattern Improves productivity by reducing the need to rescan bar codes or key in data, resulting in shorter lines at the retail point of sale
Superior motion tolerance Enables end users to quickly move from one bar code to the next without hesitation
Wide working range Reads good quality as well as poor quality codes at similar ranges, reducing the need for the user to move the scanner back and forth
Checkpoint Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) Offers dual functionality to improve return on investment and save critical counter space
Durable construction and patented, single circuit-board design able to withstand multiple 6-ft (1.8-m) drops to concrete Lowers the total cost of ownership by protecting against downtime occurring due to accidental drops
Plug-and-play setup, intuitive scanning Enables rapid deployment and immediate use without formal training, allowing new and experienced employees to immediately help improve operational efficiency
Remote management-ready Reduces total cost of ownership by enabling remote, network-based device management
Optional hands-free Intellistand Enables presentation scanning and automatic switching between hands-free and handheld modes
RSS bar code support Supports the latest symbologies to future-proof your investment

Symbol LS4208 Specifications

Physical characteristics
Dimensions 6.7 in. H x 3.7 in. L x 2.7 in. W 17 cm H x 9.3 cm L x 6.8 cm W
Weight Approximately 6.4 oz. (181 g)
Voltage and current 5 +/-10%VDC @ 140 mA (Stand by: <35 mA)
Stand by: <35 mA (60mA on PR configuration)
Color Cash Register White or Twilight Black
Performance characteristics
Light source 650 nm laser diode
Motor frequency 50Hz
Decode rate 200 decodes per second
Roll +/- 35º
Pitch +/- 60º
Yaw +/- 60º
Print contrast 25% minimum reflectance
Nominal working range 5 mil (Code 39): 1.5 to 5.5 in. (3.81 to 13.97 cm)
13 mil (100% UPC/EAN): 0 to 19 in. (0 to 48.25 cm)
10 mil (Code 39): 0 to 14 in. (0 to 35.56 cm)
20 mil (Code 39): 0 to 29 in. (0 to 73.66 cm)
Multi-line aiming coverage At 5 in. reading distance: approximately 0.5 in. (1.3 cm)
At 10 in. reading distance: approximately 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Motion tolerances Horizontal velocity: 200 in. (508 cm)/second
Vertical velocity: 200 in. (508 cm)/second
Angular velocity: 200 in. (508 cm)/second
Decode capability UPC/EAN and with supplementals, Code 39, Code 39 Full ASCII, Tri-optic Code 39, RSS Variants, UCC/EAN 128, Code 128, Code 128 Full ASCII, Code 93, Codabar (NW1), Interleaved 2 of 5, Discrete 2 of 5 MSI, Codell, IATA, Bookland EAN, Code 32 PR configuration adds decoding of PDF417, microPDF and composite codes (CC-A, CC-B and CC-C)
Interfaces supported On-board multiple interface with: RS-232C (Standard, Nixdorf, ICL, & Fujitsu); IBM 468x/469x; Keyboard Wedge; USB (Standard, IBM SurePOS, Macintosh); Laser/Wand Emulation. In addition, Synapse Adaptive Connectivity allows for connectivity to all of the above plus many non-standard interfaces
User environment
Operating temperature 32º to 122º F (0º to 50º C)
Storage temperature -40º to 158º F (-40º to 70º C)
Humidity 5% to 95% (non-condensing)
Drop specifications Withstands repeated 6-ft. (1.8-m) drops to concrete
Ambient light immunity Immune to normal artificial indoor and natural outdoor (direct sunlight) lighting conditions
EAS support Optional Checkpoint EAS
Electrical safety UL1950, CSA C22.2 No. 950, EN60950/IEC950
Laser safety CDRH Class II, IEC Class 2
EMI/RFI FCC Part 15 Class B, ICES-003 Class B, European Union EMC Directive, Australian SMA
Mounting options Intellistand with adjustable height of 5 – 10 in. (12.7 – 25.4 cm) and adjustable angle (0º – 90º) Desktop and wall-mount holders also available
Power supplies Power supplies available for applications that don’t supply power over the host cable
Subject to the terms of Motorola’s hardware warranty statement, the LS4208 handheld scanner products are warranted against defects in workmanship and materials for a period of five years from the date of shipment. The Liquid Polymer Scan Element includes a limited lifetime warranty. For the complete Motorola hardware product warranty statement, go to
Recommended Service
Service from the Start Advance Exchange Support
NOTICE: Repairs of this product may require the use of Motorola proprietary parts (and/or Motorola proprietary information). Motorola will sell these parts (and provide this proprietary information) only to end-user customers for self-service. It is Motorola’s policy not to sell these parts to third-party service providers and not to allow a third-party service provider to act as an ordering or receiving agent for the parts necessary to repair this product. Applicable in the U.S. For all other countries, please contact your Motorola account manager or the local Motorola Customer Service representative in your area for further details.
1 - Roll (Tilt): Controlled by rotating the wrist clockwise or counterclockwise
2 - Pitch: Controleed by dropping or raising the wrist
3 - Skew (Yaw): Controlled by rotating the wrist from left to right or vice versa

Part number SS-LS4208. Printed in USA 03/07. MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office. Symbol is a registered trademark of Symbol Technologies, Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. ©Motorola, Inc. 2007. All rights reserved. For system, product or services availability and specific information within your country, please contact your local Motorola office or Business Partner. Specifications are subject to change without notice.