DT Research 306Q is your go-to small mobile computer for streamlining your workflow in sales, resorts, casinos, and all applications where you need a Point of Sale-centric system. With an optional barcode reader and robust hardware, you’re looking at an excellent value for investment. Here’s why the 306Q is worth your attention.
- Product Ranking
- Product Specifications
- Product Pricing
- Pros and Cons
- Display, Cameras, and Scanners
- Operating Systems and Programs
- How to Purchase DT Research 306Q
- DT Research 306Q Review
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The DT Research 306Q is a solid 9.3/10 tablet. This POS tablet is versatile, durable, and suitable for a range of applications. We love it for its sleek design, flexible 6-inch capacitive touch screen, and advanced features like a barcode scanner, NFC reader, and more.
This model is one of the most advanced in terms of performance and out-of-the-box functionalities compared to competitors in the same price range.
|Display||6-inch LED backlight capacitive touch|
|CPU||Qualcomm octa-core 2.0 GHz|
|Operating System||Android 9.0, upgradable to 10|
|Battery||Hot-swappable, 4,600 mAh, 3.8V|
|Camera||8 MP Rear with auto focus, gain control, white balance, and exposure control|
|Scanners||1D, 2D, Magnetic Stripe Reader, NFC/RFID Reader|
|Connectivity||4G LTE/AWS, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Memory||4 GB RAM, 64 GB Flash|
|Resolution||720 x 1440|
|Weight||0.7 pounds (320 g)|
The price range for the DT Research 306Q is from $200 to $400. The price varies based on the specifications and level of upgrades in terms of battery, additional storage, and accessories. If you’re interested in purchasing this device, contact Energy Electronics for a free quote today. We can recommend the best device for your budget, guaranteeing you only spend your money on features you’ll use. You may even be eligible for a discount on bulk purchases.
Pros and Cons
The 306Q is a versatile and powerful device that can meet the needs of retail and hospitality businesses like no other in its price range. The performance of this model particularly stands out thanks to the Qualcomm octa-core processor on an Android operating system.
Another important benefit of this tablet is its durability. With the MIL-STD-810 vibration and shock resistance certificate, you can use this rugged device without worrying about scratches and wear and tear following accidental drops.
The device has standard operating temperatures from 14 degrees F to 122 degrees F. As far as storage is concerned, you can keep this device at temperatures from -4 to 140 degrees F.
Major benefits in terms of versatility go to the advanced features and in-built tools like a barcode scanner, magnetic stripe reader, and an NFC and RFID reader.
Finally, affordability is the key benefit of the 306Q. If you’re managing a team and work processes while being short on budget, this is the perfect device to boost your workflow.
Despite its numerous advantages, the 306Q isn’t perfect. Firstly, it operates on an outdated Android 9 system (it is upgradable to Android 10, though).
You also can’t use this device for meetings or online video calls because it doesn’t feature a front camera. However, you can still use the rear installation to take some pretty clear images, scan QR codes and barcodes, and take product pictures for inventory management. The rear camera also helps process payments using mobile wallets or scanning payment codes.
Finally, the DT Research 306Q has a relatively small display (6 inches), which may make operation harder for people with vision impairments, low vision, or reading disabilities. However, the user can always adjust the screen settings to make the font larger or use physical tools for better accessibility.
Display, Cameras, and Scanners
The display of the DT Research 306Q is a 6-inch LED-backlight touch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1440. Given the dimensions of the device (166 x 86 x 23 mm or 6.54 x 3.39 x 0.9 inches), this resolution is more than enough to read data, images, and graphs in a clear manner.
The camera on the DT 306Q is 8 MP and has autofocus, gain control, white balance, and exposure control. With these usual settings for an Android device, you can get clear and sharp images and videos to satisfy basic needs. This tablet doesn’t include a front camera. Use the rear camera for product identification, product scanning, and other data capture methods.
The magnetic stripe reader consists of three track readers (ISO TK1, 2, and 3) that are JIS and AAMVA compliant. Streamline your sales and client identification processes by reading cards with a magnetic stripe, like driver’s licenses, credit cards, or store loyalty cards.
The barcode scanner can read 2D and 1D barcodes, making data capture in various settings a success. Note that the barcode scanner and the RFID reader are optional. You can get a device that doesn’t feature these functionalities if you don’t need them for your business.
The NFC and RFID reader is available along with the GPS. The NFC/RFID reader specifications are as follows:
- HF 13.56 MHz
- ISO Standard 15693, 14434A(B), and 18000-3 Mode-1
The NFC reader lets you communicate with your users or customers in a fast and secure way. You can implement Apple Pay and Google Play transactions and many other benefits for your product buyers.
Operating Systems and Programs
The DT Research 306Q runs on an Android and is upgradable to Android 10. The processor is Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-core running at 2.0 GHz. This CPU can handle your usual daily tasks like barcode scanning, texting, or reading data with ease. However, it may lag a bit if you try to open large files or load them with multitasking activities.
The 4GB RAM is enough to help run these tasks, but the flash memory of 64 GB may not be enough for storing data long-term. You’d have to consider purchasing an SD memory card, online cloud storage, or an external hard drive to store videos and pictures from the device.
Given that the DT Research 306Q runs on an Android, it’s possible to download any app from the Google Play Store or make personalized apps for the use of your specific business. There is also a NIST-compliant BIOS available for this device.
One in-built app, Keyword Wedge, lets you perform data capturing with only a few taps of the screen. If your device has a barcode scanner, MSR modules, or an RFID reader, you can start the basic module operation by turning on the module from the Keyboard Wedge app. Then, you just have to open a note-related app and capture the data you need.
How to Purchase DT Research 306Q
DT Research devices are fully customizable in terms of memory, battery, and accessories. You can purchase your 306Q tablet with all the essential upgrades to make your workflow more efficient without spending extra money on features you don’t need. Contact Energy Electronics for advice on the best format to make the most cost-efficient purchase.
Markets and Applications
DT Research 306Q has wide use in all markets and applications that require a POS. Below is an overview of the most common uses:
- Restaurants – Staff can take orders and process payments via one integrated POS system to boost table turnover and reduce wait times. The implementation of such a system also means a lower risk of human error, real-time inventory level tracking for inventory management, and add-on and upsell suggestions.
- Hotels – POS tablets like 306Q can streamline the check-in and out process in a hotel, and guests can make payments easily.
- Retail – POS tablets are a flexible and portable solution for transaction processing. The staff can walk around the store and help customers make purchases. Doing so reduces wait times and boosts the customer experience.
- Casinos – Casinos provide various services from food, drinks, retail, gaming transactions, event ticketing, and even hotel bookings. Payments for all these services can be provided quickly while gathering customer data and offering promotions and personalized offers.
- Resorts – Resort managers can implement POS systems to track guest purchases, manage inventory, track orders, and generate reports on business operations.
- Fieldwork – Although it’s primarily marketed as a POS tablet, the DT Research 306Q tablet can also serve as a robust data capture tool for field workers.
DT Research 306Q Review
Here are some of the most popular reviews online about the DT Research 306Q portable tablet.
“This smart device has helped my hotel management tremendously. We can easily identify guests, share data, and communicate across platforms from a single device. This purchase was one of the best business decisions I made. Plus, our customers now have to spend less time at the check-in counter and more time enjoying their vacation. What a great investment!”
“I was skeptical about the 306Q due to the older Android version and was afraid the device wouldn’t work as expected. But I was wrong. The tablet has shown efficiency in performing everyday tasks in our restaurant as if it had the latest tech. This device is proof that you don’t need the best high-end tech to achieve great results.”
“The DT Research 306Q was a great addition to my workforce. We have streamlined our workflow so that less time is spent on data scanning and processing and more on actually bringing results from that data. Highly recommend it for hotel managers and staff. If you want to boost your workforce’s efficiency, consider mobile tablets like this one.”
“DT 306Q has everything you need in a smart work tablet. It’s rugged, the battery works great, it’s affordable, and it gets the job done. I wouldn’t change it for a thing. If you’re like me and need plenty of storage, just get an online cloud subscription to upload all your files there automatically. Then just remove them from the tablet when the storage gets full.”
“My client recommended DT Research products as he uses their tablets for his private practice. I found this 306Q POS tablet and applied it in my hospitality business. The results? Better staff efficiency, fewer misunderstandings, and more efficient data capturing.”
Power and Batteries
The 306Q runs on a hot-swappable battery at 3.8 V and a 4,600 mAh capacity. The battery can easily last a day-long shift and needs recharging on the 100 – 240 V AC input. You can also purchase external batteries with another 4,600 mAh capacity to double the uptime. Overall, the device has shown excellent results when it comes to pulling day-long shifts, especially when backed by an extra battery.
Accessories and Addons
The DT Research 306Q is not short of accessories and add-ons. You can customize your POS tablet to make the most out of its use day in and out. Contact the experts at Energy Electronics to make sure you get the right upgrade for your specific device. After all, you only want to spend your budget on valuable purchases that have a direct effect on how your business operates.
Below is our overview of the commonly used add-ons:
- Desktop charging cradle – Charge one tablet and one battery pack with a charging cradle that has ports for power, ethernet, and USB. Make your DT Research 306Q operation more flexible by being able to use your device regardless of its charging status.
- Digital pen – Use your 306Q in any weather and work conditions thanks to the digital pen. Wet fingers or gloves won’t affect work efficiency.
- 4-bay system gang changer – A multi-bay charger where you can charge up to four battery packs at the same time so the whole team can work as expected.
- Battery pack – Additional battery packs are available with the 4,600 mAh capacity to replace your dying ones or to add more power to your arsenal.
- AC/DC power adapter with power cord – Make tablet operation easier and recharge your batteries with this USB-C type power adapter that includes a power cord.
Talk to an Expert
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