Motorola Keypads & Keyboard Types

Which is the best keyboard for my Motorola mobile (PDA) application?

In an ideal world the only thing you want your staff to key in is the quantity. However, in reality the barcode could be damaged or missing so they will have to key it in.

Lets start by looking at warehouse applications. To look at mobile devices for other applications Click Here

Are your bin locations and part numbers numeric, alpha or a mix of alpha-numeric?

What ERP system are you working with? SAP, Baan, Pronto, JD Edwards or something else?

Our most popular mobile computers for warehouse use are the Motorola range:

In 2010 we will start to roll out the:

The Motorola MC3000/MC3090 Series

The Motorola MC3000 series mobile computer has three keyboard options. You have to buy the device with the keyboard you want since they are not changeable.

The MC3090 options are:

  • 28 keys
  • 38 keys
  • 48 keys

The 28 key keypad gives your operators easy access to the large number buttons. To enter any A to Z characters you have to switch to ‘alpha’ mode by pressing the ‘ALPHA’ button and then like on a mobile phone, to get a ‘C’ press the ‘2’ button three times.

The 38 key keyboard is the most popular choice for Pronto, Paxar VendorConnect and SAP since the function keys are only one keystroke away.

The 48 key model offers you separate numbers and alpha keys so there is no need to shift the keyboard state to get the character you need. However, to get a function key you have to press the ‘FUNC’ key and then the ‘A’ for an ‘F1’ key. If you do a lot of alpha-numeric data entry then this keyboard is the easiest to use.

The brick and gun version are available with all three keyboards.

Click Here to view the Wavelink keyboard maps

The Motorola MC9000 Series

The MC9000/MC9090 series offers you the ability to swap keypads easily. All you need is a small philips head screw driver to undo the two screws at the top of the keyboard. Three options are available:

  • 28 keys
  • 43 keys
  • 53 keys

As with the MC3000 series, the 28 key model has large numbers and is ideal for entering in the quantity.

For SAP, Pronto and Paxar VendorConnect customers, the 43 key model is ideal since the keyboard offers one keystroke access to the function keys. The numbers are large and down the bottom next to a large enter key.

Finally, for data intensive applications where you want one keyboard state and the ability to enter in numbers and letters quickly the 53 key model is ideal.

Click Here to view the Wavelink keyboard maps

The Motorola MC3100 Series

The Motorola MC3100 series shares the same keyboards as the Motorola MC3000 series.


The Motorola MC9500 Series

The Motorola MC9500K (brick) version is now available and what makes this device stand out is the rich feature set. There are four user interchangeable keypads available.

Click Here for all the details on this amazing new MC9500K from Motorola.

Mobile Computers for Non-warehouse Applications

Barcode Datalink offers a range of mobile computers that are ideal for data collection both in the office and out on the road or in the field. Of course you can use these devices in a warehouse but typically the mobile computers in the warehouse section above are more suitable for daily use. Managers would typically use the devices mentioned below in a warehouse while they are there for random tasks. The mobile computers below are capable of being used as walkie talkies, mobile phones, have camera and video options and many other features. It is these features that are not required in a warehouse as to why they are not promoted for daily warehouse use.

The current range of Motorola mobile computers includes:


MC50 MC55 MC70 MC75


The latest offerings from Motorola include the:


FR68 FR6000


Several other devices that we support include:

  • Janam PDA
  • M3 from Mobile Compia – works as a mobile phone and has RFID built in
  • Datalogic Jet – also has RFID built in


The Motorola MC50

The MC50 has two keypad layouts. A PIM and a Qwerty keyboard.

If you intend to use the MC-50 mainly as a Voice-Over IP phone then the navigator keypad on the left will suit you. However, if you intend to take orders out on the road or want to do a lot of data collection then the qwerty keypad maybe a better choice.


The Motorola MC55

The new Motorola MC55 offers a numeric and a qwerty keypad.

The Motorola MC70

The Motorola MC70 offers a numeric and a qwerty keypad.

The Motorola MC75

The Motorola MC75 offers a numeric and a qwerty keypad.

The Motorola FR68 Series

The Motorola FR68 only offers one style of keyboard: alpha-numeric.

The Motorola FR6000 Series

The Motorola FR6000 only offers a numeric keyboard.

Related Information: 

Mobile Computers for Men: to see what Motorola mobile computers men prefer to use in the warehouse

Mobile Computers for Women: to see what Motorola mobile computers women prefer

Selection Guide: to selecting the right mobile device for your staff & business

Scanner Types: to read about the different type of barcode scan engines available

Wavelink: Telnet keyboard mapping for all Motorola mobile computers

Weight Comparisons: of all the Motorola mobile computers

Pocket Controller Pro: How to take control of your Motorola mobile computer remotely

DataWedge: Add barcode, RFID & RS-232 capabilities to your Motorola mobile computer

AppCenter: How to lock down a Motorola mobile computer with Appcenter





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