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DS4600 Series for Retail

The versatility your workforce needs

Today’s shoppers don’t want to wait in long lines at the checkout or returns desk. The DS4600 Series offers the versatility and scanning performance you need to keep transactions fast and lanes flowing smoothly throughout the whole store. This feature-rich family of corded and cordless scanners helps associates scan items of all sizes, read barcodes in nearly any condition and handle transactions of all kinds. There is a DS4600 Series model for every need in your store. Bulky items in a shopping cart, a customer’s driver’s license at the returns desk, a mobile coupon at checkout, tiny barcodes in the jewelry department, auxiliary handheld scanning at self-checkout — the DS4600 Series can handle it all. The increased efficiency shrinks lines and keeps customers coming back again and again. And Zebra DNA enhances every stage of your scanning journey, from setup and security to management and optimization. The DS4600 Series — more data capture versatility, more range and more innovation.

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Resets the Bar for Versatility and Performance

Capture It All with the DS4600 Series

No matter what kind of data you need to capture in your store, the DS4600 Series is ready for the job. Scan 1D and 2D barcodes, whether they’re printed on a label or displayed on a phone. Capture DotCode and dotted DataMatrix barcodes through cellophane, as well as the tiny and dense barcodes found on jewelry tags. Read wide barcodes on packages and cartons in the backroom. You can even collect data from IDs and travel documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR), or parse driver’s license information for age verification, returns monitoring, loyalty and credit card applications. The result? Superior value. You can deploy a single scanner family for virtually every scanning need across your store.

Superior “Can’t Miss” Scanning Range

The DS4600-SR can capture UPC codes up to 28 in (71cm) away, enabling checkout associates and self-checkout users to easily reach heavy or bulky items at the bottom of the shopping cart. It’s ideal for adding handheld scanning to a bioptic scanner, such as Zebra’s MP72 Series, in high-volume checkout lanes.

Count On Zebra Performance to Keep Lines Moving

The 800 MHz microprocessor, high-resolution megapixel sensor and Zebra’s exclusive PRZM Intelligent Imaging technology provide instant barcode capture on even the most challenging barcodes. An exclusive rear engine design enables the DS4600 Series to read wider barcodes at every distance, compared to other scanners with a similar field of view. As a result, associates can focus on your customers, rather than positioning items.

Day-in, Day-Out Dependability

The DS4600 Series is engineered for durability, inside and out. IP52 sealing protects against spills. An exclusive double-sealed optical system guards the critical optical components from dust and liquid — ensuring that the ‘eye’ of the scanner always captures the sharpest possible barcode image for fast, reliable decoding. The recessed scan window protects against smudges, dirt and scratches. And the scanner is built to survive multiple 6 ft (1.8m) drops to concrete and 2,000 tumbles in our punishing tumble test.

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The DS4600 Series — the scanner that delivers more. More versatility. More data capture options. More range. More innovation.

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On-the-Fly Switching Between Handheld and Hands-Free

Simply place the scanner in the optional presentation stand or presentation cradle to automatically switch to hands-free mode; pick up the scanner for handheld mode — no setting changes required.

Flexible Feedback Modes That Work for Any Retail Environment

The DS4600 Series offers multiple feedback modes including a good decode LED that’s visible from any position, a traditional beep tone with adjustable volume/frequency, and Zebra’s Direct Decode Indicator that projects the illumination on the barcode.

Do More With Productivity-Enhancing Innovation

Enhance Inventory Management with GS1 Label Parsing

With Label Parse+, the DS4600 Series can instantly capture and parse GS1 label barcode data, enabling associates to capture expiration dates, lot number, manufacturing location and more.

Capture Multiple Barcodes With One Press of the Scan Trigger

With Multi-Code Data Formatting (MDF), the DS4600 Series can scan multiple barcodes with a single trigger pull and transmit only the barcodes you need, in the order your application expects.

Single Out One Barcode From Many

With Zebra’s Preferred Symbol, the DS4600 Series can capture and output only the preferred barcode, so workers no longer have to waste time physically covering nearby barcodes before scanning.

Deactivate EAS Tags While Scanning

Optional EAS support, available on the DS4600-HD/HL, allows associates to deactivate Checkpoint EAS tags while scanning the price, boosting productivity and preventing erroneous alarms.

Streamline Data Collection With OCR

Support for OCR expedites the collection of data from ID cards and travel documents that may not have barcodes — speeding up checkout transactions in airport shops and other locations.

Capture Driver’s License Data1

Cashiers can capture and parse data information on driver’s licenses to automatically populate a loyalty or credit card application, verify age for restricted purchases, process a customer’s return and more.

A Better Cordless Experience with Zebra

Full-Shift Power Your Workers Can Count On

The DS4678 supports over 50,000 scans in a single charge — that’s more than 13 hours of continuous scanning.

Choice of Standard and Presentation Cradles

The Presentation Cradle provides convenient hands-free scanning and charges the battery during use. The Standard Cradle can sit on a desktop or be mounted on a wall or checkstand. Both cradles are cross-compatible with Zebra’s DS8100 Series. And Zebra’s Connect+ Contact technology assures reliable, corrosion-free charging over the life of the scanner.

Keep Track of Your Cordless Scanners

With Virtual Tether, you won’t have to worry about a customer accidentally leaving self-checkout with a cordless scanner. Both the scanner and cradle alert when a scanner is taken beyond its range or left out of the cradle for a predefined length of time.

Eliminate Wireless Network Interference with Wi-Fi Friendly Mode

Zebra’s exclusive Wi-Fi Friendly Mode ensures that cordless scanners won’t interfere and disrupt your Wi-Fi network.

Industry-Preferred Management Tools

Effortless Deployment

The DS4600 Series couldn’t be easier to setup. Right out of the box, the scanner is configured for the applications you use every day, while auto-host detect cables automatically select the right host interface — just plug in the scanner and you’re ready to go.

Make Data-Driven Decisions Informed by Your Scanners

Zebra’s IoT Connector is a fully automated real-time data collection tool that routes data from your scanners into your preferred IoT endpoint. By mining and analyzing the data, you can get the insights needed to make data-driven decisions in real time.

Up-to-the-Minute Insight into Every Aspect of Your Scanners

Remote Diagnostics automate the recording of scanner asset information, health and statistics, parameter settings and barcode data — giving you the information needed for troubleshooting, predictive fleet-wide trend analysis and more.

Zebra DNA — Set Up. Secure. Manage. Optimize.

With more than 50 years of field-proven innovation, Zebra knows the scanning journey better than other providers. That’s why we’ve engineered Zebra DNA into all of our scanners. This suite of software tools provides constant visibility, increases uptime and gives you the flexibility to respond to changing needs. For example, 123Scan simplifies every step of deploying your scanners. With Advanced Data Formatting, you can easily create scanner data formatting rules to optimize your workflows and solve business problems. Powerful complimentary management software enables easy remote management. And much more.


Physical Characteristics



Corded DS4608:
6.5 in H x 2.6 in W x 3.9 in D
16.5cm H x 6.7cm W x 9.8cm D
Cordless DS4678:
6.6 in H x 2.6 in W x 4.2 in D
16.8cm H x 6.6cm W x 10.7cm D
Standard Cradle:
2.8 in H x 3.3 in W x 8.3 in D
7.1cm H x 8.4cm W x 21.1cm D
Presentation Cradle:
2.8 in H x 3.3 in W x 8.3 in D
7.1cm H x 8.4cm W x 21.1cm D
WeightCorded: 5.7 oz (161.9g)
Cordless: 7.9 oz (225g)
Standard Cradle: 7.1 oz (201.3g)
Presentation Cradle: 6.5 oz (184.3g)
Input Voltage RangeCorded: 4.5 to 5.5 VDC Host Powered; 4.5 to 5.5 VDC External Power Supply
Standard/Presentation Cradle: 4.7 to 5.5 VDC Host Powered; 10.8 to 13.2 VDC External Power Supply
Operating Current at Nominal Voltage (5.0V)Corded: 340 mA (typical)
Standard/Presentation Cradle: 470 mA (typical) Standard USB; 743mA (typical) 12V
Standby Current (Idle) at Nominal Voltage (5.0V)Corded: 150 mA (typical)
ColorNova White (corded only), Twilight Black
Supported Host InterfacesUSB Certified, RS232, Keyboard Wedge, TGCS (IBM) 46XX over RS485
Keyboard SupportSupports over 90 international keyboards
TAA ComplianceTrade Agreement Act Compliant
Electronic Article SurveillanceCompatible with Checkpoint EAS deactivation system
User IndicatorsDirect Decode Indicator, Good Decode LEDs, Rear view LEDs, Beeper (adjustable tone and volume)

Performance Characteristics

Light SourceAiming Pattern: circular 617nm amber LED
Illumination(2) 660nm red LEDs
Imager Field of View31.6° H x 22.6° V nominal
Image Sensor1280 x 800 pixels
Minimum Print Contrast15% minimum reflective difference
Skew/Pitch/Roll Tolerance+/- 60°, +/- 60°, 0°–360°

Imaging Characteristics

Graphics Format SupportImages can be exported as Bitmap, JPEG or TIFF
Image Quality96PPI on an A4 document (DS4600-SR)

Symbol Decode Capability2

1DCode 39, Code 128, Code 93, Codabar/NW7, Code 1 1, MSI Plessey, UPC/EAN, I 2 of 5, Korean 3of 5, GS1 DataBar, Base 32 (Italian Pharma)
2DPDF417, Micro PDF417, Composite Codes, TLC-39, Aztec, DataMatrix, MaxiCode, QR Code, Micro QR, Han Xin, Postal Codes, SecurPharm, DotCode, Dotted DataMatrix
Minimum Element ResolutionCode 39–3.0 mil (DS4600-SR)
DataMatrix–5.0 mil (DS4600-SR)
Code 39–2.0 mil (DS4600-HD)
DataMatrix–4.0 mil (DS4600-HD)

User Environment

Operating Temp.+32.0F to +122.0F (0.0C to +50.0C)
Storage Temp.-40.0F to +158.0F (-40.0C to +70.0C)
Humidity5% to 95% RH, non-condensing
Drop SpecificationDesigned to withstand multiple drops at 6.0 ft (1.8m) to concrete
Tumble SpecificationDesigned to withstand 2,000 tumbles in 1.5 ft (0.5m) tumbler
ESDScanner/Standard Cradle/Presentation Cradle: ESD per EN61000-4-2, +/-15 KV Air, +/-8 KV Direct, +/-8 KV Indirect
Ambient Light Immunity0 to 10,000 foot candles/0 to 107,000 Lux

Radio Specifications (DS4678)

Bluetooth RadioStandard Bluetooth Version 5.2 with BLE: Class 1 330 ft (100m) and Class 2 33 ft (10m), Serial Port and HID Profiles; adjustable power: Class 1: output power adjustable down from 2dbm in 8 steps; Class 2: output power adjustable down from 0dbm in 8 steps

Battery (DS4678)

BatteryType: Li-Ion with asset reporting
Capacity: 2,500 mAh\
Number of scans from full charge: 50,0003
Charge times from empty to full:
2 hours 15 minutes over external 12V
4 hours 30 minutes over external 5V
3 hours over BC1.2 USB
7 hours 45 minutes over standard USB

Utilities and Maintenance

123ScanPrograms scanner parameters, upgrades firmware, provides scanned barcode data and prints reports.
Scanner SDKGenerates a fully-featured scanner application, including documentation, drivers, test utilities and sample source code.
Scanner Management Service (SMS)Remotely manages your Zebra scanner and queries its asset information.


2011/65/EU and EN 50581:2012 and EN IEC 63000:2018
Electrical SafetyUL 60950-1, second edition, CAN/CSA-C22.2
No. 60950-1-07. EN 60950-1:2006/A2:2013
IEC 60950-1:2005/A2:2013
IEC 62368-1 (ed.2); EN 62368-1:2014
LED SafetyIEC 62471:2006 (Ed.1.0); EN 62471:2008
EMI/RFIFCC: 47 CFR Part 15, Subpart B, Class B; ICES-003 Issue 6, Class B; EN 55032, Class B; EN 55024
EN 55035; EN 60601-1-2:2015, IEC 60601-1-2:2014


Gooseneck Intellistand, Cup, Standard Cradle, Presentation Cradle

DS4600-SR/DL Decode Ranges (Typical)4

Code 39: 3 mil2.2 in to 5.4 in (5.6cm to 13.7cm)
Code 39: 5 mil0.7 in to 11.0 in (1.8cm to 27.9cm)
Code 39: 20 mil0 in to 44.0 in (0cm to 111.8cm)
Code 128: 5 mil2.7 in to 5.4 in (6.9cm to 13.7cm)
PDF 417: 6.7 mil1.3 in to 10.0 in (3.3cm to 25.4cm)
UPC: 13 mil (100%)0 in to 28.0 in (0cm to 71.1cm)
DataMatrix: 10 mil1.0 in to 11.5 in (2.5cm to 29.2cm)
QR: 20 mil0 in to 17.5 in (0cm to 44.5cm)

DS4600-HD/HL Decode Ranges (Typical)4DS4600-HD/HL Decode Ranges (Typical)4

Code 39: 3 mil1.3 in to 6.0 in (3.3cm to 15.2cm)
Code 39: 5 mil0.1 in to 11.5 in (0.3cm to 29.2cm)
Code 39: 20 mil0.6 in to 29.0 in (1.5cm to 73.7cm)
Code 128: 5 mil1.7 in to 5.0 in (4.3cm to 12.7cm)
PDF 417: 6.7 mil0.6 in to 9.3 in (1.5cm to 23.6cm)
UPC: 13 mil (100%)0 in to 18.0 in (0cm to 45.7cm)
DataMatrix: 10 mil0.2 in to 9.5 in (0.5cm to 24.1cm)
QR: 20 mil0 in to 13.5 in (0 cm to 34.3cm)


Subject to the terms of Zebra’s hardware warranty statement, the DS4678 and the CR8178 are warranted against defects in workmanship and materials for a period of three years from the date of shipment. The DS4608 is warranted against defects in workmanship and materials for a period of five years from the date of shipment. For the complete Zebra hardware product warranty statement, please visit:  

Recommended Services

Zebra OneCare Select; Zebra OneCare Essential; Zebra OneCare Battery Maintenance


1. Available on DS4600-DL/HL models
2. Refer to Product Reference Guide for complete list of symbologies
3. At one scan per second
4. Printing resolution, contrast and ambient light dependent

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Zebra DNA

Zebra DNA is a suite of highly intelligent firmware, software, utilities and apps exclusively engineered to ensure maximum performance from every Zebra scanner. For more information, please visit
DS4600 Series for Retail Mobility DNA Icons:  123Scan, Advanced Data Formatting, Blood Bag Parse+, Intelligent Document Capture, IoT Connectro, Label Parse+, Multi-Code Data Formatting, Preferred Symbol, PRZM Intelligent Imaging, Remote Diagnostics, Remote Management, Scan-to-Connect, Scanner Control Application, Software Development Kit (SDK), UDI Scan+, Virtual Tether, Wi-Fi Friendly Mode

Markets and Applications


  • Checkout scanning
  • Mobile scanning: eCouponing/loyalty
  • DL parsing: age verification, loyalty and credit applications
  • Auxiliary handheld scanning to bioptic scanner in high-volume checkout lanes
  • Cigarette and liquor tax verification
  • Checkpoint EAS
  • OCR/Passport reading
  • Receiving
  • Inventory
  • Drive-thru


  • Event/admission ticketing

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