TA500 full featured portable magstripe reader

Portable Card Reader TA500 portable magstripe reader
TA500 Portable Card Reader

The SST TA500 is a portable magnetic card reader able to read all 3 tracks of standard magnetic stripe cards. It contains a number of hardware features that support full user interface, including a graphic LCD display with optional back light, a thumbwheel for data entry, and a multimedia card slot for extended memory. Each card swipe is timestamped and stored in non-volatile memory for easy retrieval later. Downloading to a computer is simple using the cable and software provided with the unit.

The SST TA500's small size and ease of use make it ideal for a wide range of applications. Use the TA500 to track time and attendance, service calls, home visits, outdoor events, VIP and customer loyalty cards, subcontractors offline credit card processing and more.

The SST TA500 comes complete with USB cable, PC download software and manuals.

SST TA500 Features

  • Graphic LCD display (optional backlight)

  • Battery operated - 250 hours continuous use

  • Reads tracks 1, 2 & 3 - no data restrictions

  • Stores 1000 to 3000 transactions in non-volatile memory

  • All swipes are time stamped

  • Visual indication of good/bad swipe

  • Thumbwheel user interface to enter additional data

  • Multimedia card interface for additional storage

  • Comes with USB and RS232 connections

SST TA500 Specifications

Battery  2 x 1.5V "AA" type standard cell (user replaceable)

Memory  256K to 512K bytes FLASH

Capacity  1000 to 3000 scans with timestamp

Display  Graphic LCD (65 x 132 pixels) with optional backlight

Indicators  Red LED, Green LED

Timestamp  Yes - date and time

Card type  ISO 7811 compliant magnetic media

Tracks  1, 2 and 3

Card thickness  0.010" to 0.050"

Bit density  60 to 265 bits per inch

Swipe direction  Bidirectional

Operating temperature  0° to 60°C

Memory card interface  Multimedia card (proprietary format) 8 or more MBytes

User interface for data  Thumbwheel with switch and 2 pushbuttons for functions

Computer interface  Standard USB and RS232 (USB cable included)

Housing  ABS plastic with steel insert for card support

Color  Black

Size  4.25" L x 3.00" W x 1.20" D

Weight  4.5oz

Operating system  Windows 95, 98, XP, or 2000

Cable  USB standard, RS232 optional

SST TA500 List Pricing:

Model Price
Portable readers  
TA500 portable - graphic LCD, USB + RS232, MMC, 3 tracks $695
TA reader software - runs on Windows 95, 98, XP, 2000 $25
Contact Manager software - address completion $199
Contact Manager Lite SW - no address completion $99
EasyID Reader software - for Windows 95, 98, XP $25
RS232 download cable - for all portables except TA32 $25
USB download cable - for TA32, TA400 & TA500 portables $25
AC adapter - 6V, 500mA, for TA130 $12
2Mbyte memory card for TA500 $35
4 Mbyte memory card for TA500 $50

Specifications subject to change without notice.

Also see:

MCE Magnetic Card Writer

Other Portable Card Reader Models

Description Price  
TA500 Portable Card Reader $695.00

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