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SST Comparison Chart
Portable magstripe reader comparison chart for TA32, TA48, TA90, TA130, TA400 & TA500


Model TA32 TA48 TA90
Tracks 1,2&3 1&2 1&2
Swipe Direction Bidirectional Bidirectional Bidirectional
Memory 256K bytes FLASH 256K bytes FLASH 32K bytes EEPROM
Alternate storage None None None
Storage Capacity 1000 transactions 1000 transactions 200 transactions
Timestamp Yes Yes Yes
RS232 Interface No Yes- 3.5mm jack Yes- 3.5mm jack
USB Interface Yes- miniB Optional cable Optional cable
Cable Included USB miniB to standard RS232- 3.5mm to DB9 RS232- 3.5mm to DB9
Data Length Restriction None none none
Display 1 tricolor LED (red, green, amber) 1 bicolor LED & 1 regular LED (red, green, amber) 1 bicolor LED (red, green)
LED Display Info Good Read, Bad Read, Mmeoyr Full, Erase, Power Good Read, Bad Read, Memory Full, Erase, Power, Low Battery Good Read, Bad Read, Memory Full, Erase, Power
LCD Display Info None None None
Beeper None None None
Battery Type Rechargeable 3.7V Li-Ion Polymer (included) 1 CR2032 type 3V lithium included w/ unit 1 CR2032 type 3V lithium included w/ unit
Battery Life- continuous use 50 hours before recharging 12 to 20 hours 20 to 28 hours
Battery Life-transactions 50,000 swipes 5,000 - 10,000 swipes 10,000 - 20,000 swipes
Auto Power Down Yes Yes Yes
Power Control Wakeup Wakeup + ON/OFF Wakeup + ON?OFF
Optional Power No No No
Passwork Protection Yes Yes Yes
Software Supplied Yes- TA reader Yes - TA reader Yes- TA reader
Carry Case Supplied Supplied Supplied
Carry Options Neck leash, belt leash Neck leash, belt leash None
Special Features Longer card swipe, overall smallest size, rechargeable battery, USB interface, 3 tracks, long battery life Rugged, can be worn on belt, 1000 transactions, very small size, external ON/OFF, power monitor Longer card swipe, good battery life, moderately small size
Size 3.25" L x 0.80" W x 1.05" H !.75" L x 1.30" W x 1.50" H 3.50" L x 1.50" W x 1.20" H
Weight 1.5oz 1.9oz 2.7oz
Warranty 1 year 1 year 1 year
       
Model TA130 TA400 TA500
Tracks 1&2 or 1,2&3 1&2 1,2&3
Swipe Direction Bidirectional Bidirectional Bidirectional
Memory 256K bytes FLASH 256K bytes FLASH 256K or 512K bytes FLASH
Alternate Storage none None Multimedia card interface
Storage Capacity 1000 transaction 1000 transactions 1000+ transactions
Timestamp Yes Yes Yes
RS232 Interface Yes- 3.5mm jack Yes- 3.5mm jack Yes- 3.5mm jack
USB Interface Optional cable Yes- miniB Yes-miniB
Cable Included RS232- 3.5mm to Db9 USB miniB to standard USB miniB to standard
Data Length Restriction None None None
Display 1 16char by 2 line LCD display w/ backlight 3 LEDs- (red, green, amber) 2 regular LEDs (red, green) 1 graphic LCD display- 132 by 65 pixels 2 LEDs (red, green)
LED Display Info Good Read, Bad Read, Power, Charging Good Read, Bad Read, Memory Full, Erase, Power Good Read, Bad Read, Memory Full, Erase, Power
LCD Display Info Time, Remaining Capacity, Dealer Message, Erase None Track Info, Deal Message, Time, Capacity, Qualifiers, etc.
User Input Devices None None 1 thumbwheel and 3 pushbutton switches
Beeper Yes- programmable No Yes- programmable
Battery Type 2xAA NiMH rechargeable included w/unit 2 x AA regular type included with unit 2xAA regular type included with unit
Battery Life- Continuous Use 24 hours before recharging 250 hrs 250 hrs
Battery Life-Transactions 30,000 swipes 250,000 swipes 250,000 swipes
Auto Power Down No Yes Yes
Power Control ON/OFF Wakeup Wakeup
Optional Power Yes- AC adapter included No No
Password Protection Yes Yes Yes
Software Supplied Yes- TA reader Yes - TA reader Yes- TA reader
Carry Case None None None
Carry Options Can be placed on flat surface None None
Special Features LCD display w/ backlight, rechargeable batteries, AC adapter, can be placed on flat surface Low cost, very long battery life, USB & RS232 interface, simple operation Graphic LCD display, user interface, programmable, very long battery life, multimedia card interface, 3 tracks, USB & RS232 interface
Size 5.25" L x 3.10" W x 1.75" H 4.25" L x 3.00" W x 1.4" H 4.25" L x 3.00" W x 1.4" H
Weight 8.5oz 5.9oz 6.7oz
Warranty 1 year 1 year 1 year

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