Review: Honeywell CK65 Mobile Computer for Business Central

In an era where business agility is paramount, mobile computers are vital tools for real-time data management and operational mobility. These devices seamlessly integrate with Dynamics 365 Business Central, enhancing inventory, sales, and customer service efficiency. Mobile computers empower businesses to achieve streamlined operations and improved decision-making by bridging the gap between physical tasks and digital solutions.

Mobile Computer versus a Handheld Scanner: What's the difference?

Mobile computers and handheld scanners are pivotal in business operations but serve different roles. Mobile computers merge a PC’s and barcode scanner’s features, offering an OS, apps, and touchscreen for data capture and analysis tasks. In contrast, handheld scanners focus exclusively on scanning barcodes, lacking the extensive computing abilities of mobile computers.

Honeywell CK65 Mobile Computer for Business Central

Is the Honeywell CK65 a good choice for Business Central?

With the many mobile computing options available, selecting the suitable device for your business needs can quickly become daunting. Amidst this abundance, the Honeywell CK65 Mobile Computer stands out as a contender worthy of consideration. This review will delve into the specifics of the CK65, exploring its features, benefits, and the types of businesses and operational roles that would most benefit from its capabilities.

Who should consider using the Honeywell CK65?

  • High-Volume Scanning Needs in Distribution and Manufacturing: The CK65 excels with FlexRange XLR for scanning up to 80 ft., perfect for fast, accurate data capture in large warehouses.
  • Physically Demanding Environments: Its rugged build withstands 3 m drops, 3,000 tumbles, and is IP65/IP68 rated, making it ideal for harsh conditions like construction sites and outdoor operations.
  • Special Environmental Requirements: Cold storage and non-incendive (NI)/ATEX models make the CK65 essential for businesses in food distribution and industries with explosive atmospheres.
  • Long Battery Life for Continuous Operations: Offering up to 28 hours of operation, the CK65 meets the needs of sectors with extended shifts, such as logistics and retail during high-demand periods.

What are the pros and cons of the Honeywell CK65?

Pros

  • Ultra-Rugged Design: Withstands 3 m (10 ft) drops to concrete, 3,000 tumbles, and has IP65/IP68 ratings, making it ideal for demanding Distribution Center environments.
  • Extended Battery Life: Offers up to 28 hours of operation, reducing downtime for workers.
    Advanced Scanning: FlexRange XLR imager scans from 3 inches to 80 feet, suited for diverse workflows and environments.
  • Future-Proofed: Supports four Android generations (from Android 8 to Android 13, with pending support for Android 14), ensuring long-term usability.
  • Versatile Input Options: Features a large touchscreen and various keypad configurations, accommodating legacy and touch applications.
    Security: Meets FIPS 140-2 Level 1 for data security, with devices ready for environments requiring regular disinfection.
  • Environmental Adaptability: It offers models for cold storage and hazardous areas (NI/ATEX certified), plus it withstands extreme temperatures and humidity.

Cons

  • Memory Limitations for Future Updates: Not all SKUs may support future Android versions beyond Android 13 due to memory capacity constraints.
  • Weight: At approximately 498g (17.6 oz), it might be heavier than some lighter-duty mobile computers, potentially affecting user comfort over long periods.
  • Complexity for Some Users: The wide range of features and capabilities might require a learning curve for users unfamiliar with advanced mobile computers.

CK65 Keyboard Options​

The Honeywell CK65 mobile computer offers exceptional adaptability in data entry methods, catering to various operational needs with its comprehensive selection of keyboard layouts. With options including 51 or 53-key alphanumeric, 38 or 42-key numeric function, and 30-key large numeric keypads, alongside two programmable side buttons, the CK65 ensures efficiency and comfort in extreme environments. This versatility supports legacy applications reliant on keypad inputs and modern touch-based interfaces, allowing seamless integration into any workflow.

51-Key Alphanumeric

53-Key Alphanumeric 

38-Key Numeric

42-Key Numeric

30-Key Large Numeric 

CK65 Display

The Honeywell CK65 mobile computer sports a 4-inch, 480 x 800 resolution bright color LCD designed for clear visibility in various lighting conditions. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, enhancing its durability and making it resistant to scratches and impacts. This makes the display well-suited for the demanding environments where the CK65 is typically used, such as warehouses and outdoor field operations.

CK65 4.0 Inches

CK65 4.0 Inches

Iphone Pro 6.0 Inches

Iphone Pro 6.0 Inches

Iphone Pro Max 6.7 Inches

Iphone Pro Max 6.7 Inches

Google Pixel Pro 6.7 Inches

Google Pixel Pro 6.7 Inches

While the resolution may not compare to the high-definition displays of consumer smartphones, it offers a practical balance for its industrial applications. The brightness and color reproduction are optimized for ease of use, ensuring that texts and images are sufficiently clear for tasks like barcode scanning and data entry. This focus on functionality over ultra-high-definition visuals underscores the CK65’s design as a tool for enhancing productivity in rugged settings.

CK65 Built-in Camera Options

The Honeywell CK65 features a 13.0-megapixel color camera with autofocus and a flash LED designed for capturing high-quality images and barcodes in various lighting conditions. Enhanced with advanced software for improved image quality and an f/2.0 aperture, it excels in low-light environments. This camera capability, crucial for accurate documentation and inventory management, complements the CK65’s rugged design and long battery life, making it a versatile tool for diverse operational needs.

CK65 Built-in Camera Options

CK65 Scanning Capabilities and Range

The Honeywell CK65 mobile computer has multiple scan engine options, each designed to cater to different scanning range requirements and types of barcodes. This flexibility allows the device to be precisely tailored to the specific needs of various workflows, from close-up scans to capturing data from a distance. Here are the key scanning capabilities based on the scan engine equipped:

 

  • Honeywell N6703 Slim Imager Engine: Ideal for standard 1D and 2D barcode scanning, suitable for general-purpose applications without specific range requirements.
  • 1.5 Inches up to 32 Inches
  • Honeywell N6803 FlexRange Slim Imager: Offers enhanced versatility with the ability to scan 1D and 2D barcodes at near to intermediate distances, balancing performance across various operational scenarios
  • 4 Inches up to 20 Feet
  • Honeywell EX20 Near/Far Imager: Specialized for near and far scanning, this engine can handle a wide array of 1D and 2D barcode types over distances, providing a comprehensive solution for challenging scanning environments.
  • 3 Inches up to 50 Feet
  • Honeywell FlexRange XLR Slim Imager: This engine is the choice for extended range scanning, capable of accurately capturing barcodes from as close as 3 inches (7.6 cm) up to 80 feet (24.3 meters) away, perfect for environments where barcodes are located at varying distances, including high warehouse racks.
  • 6 Inches up to 80 Feet

These scanning options ensure that the CK65 can be optimized for specific use cases, whether that involves routine inventory scans at close range or the need to read barcodes located at a distance in difficult-to-reach places.

CK65 Battery Performance

The Honeywell CK65 features a 7,000 mAh Smart Battery, offering up to 28 hours of continuous use, significantly reducing downtime for recharging. This extended battery life supports high productivity and efficiency across long shifts, which is ideal for demanding environments where constant device availability is crucial. The CK65’s reliable battery performance is key to its design, ensuring sustained operation and minimizing disruptions in workflow.

CK65 Drop Resistance

The Honeywell CK65 boasts impressive drop resistance, engineered to withstand falls from up to 3 meters (10 feet) to concrete at room temperature. This high level of durability ensures that the CK65 can handle accidental drops, common in industrial and warehouse environments where such incidents are frequent. The ability to endure these drops without significant damage is crucial for maintaining operational efficiency and avoiding the downtime associated with device repairs or replacements.

The CK65’s drop resistance is a key feature that enhances its reliability and longevity in challenging work conditions, making it a dependable tool for users who require robust mobile computing solutions.

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CK65 Form Factor

The Honeywell CK65 mobile computer provides versatility through two form factor options: a traditional handheld design and an optional pistol grip attachment. These choices allow users to tailor the device for general use or specialized scanning tasks, optimizing both comfort and productivity in diverse work environments.

Handheld Configuration:

  • Designed for versatility and ease of use across various settings.
  • Compact and balanced, suitable for tasks requiring mobility and handling flexibility, like retail operations or light warehouse duties.
  • Ideal for users who need a balance between scanning and data entry tasks.

Pistol Grip Attachment:

  • Transforms the CK65 for optimized ergonomics in intensive scanning applications.
  • Ideal for high-volume scanning environments such as logistics and warehousing.
  • Reduces wrist and arm strain with a more natural hand position, improving comfort and reducing fatigue over extended periods.

Shop Online for Honeywell CK65

The Honeywell CK65 mobile computer offers a variety of configurations to suit specific operational needs, emphasizing the importance of selecting a version that includes the desired features, including:

  • Keyboard Options: Choose alphanumeric, numeric function, and large numeric keypads for data entry preferences.
  • Memory Capacity: 2 GB or 4 GB DDR4 RAM and 32 GB Flash storage options to support different application and data storage requirements.
  • Camera Options: Select models with or without a 13.0-megapixel color camera, depending on the need for image capture and barcode scanning.
  • Scan Range: Variants with different scan engines for short-, medium-, or extended-range barcode scanning to accommodate various operational distances.
  • Form Factor: Choice of traditional handheld design or an optional pistol grip attachment for ergonomic efficiency in scanning-intensive tasks.

Carefully choosing a CK65 model with the right combination of these features ensures the device is perfectly tailored to enhance productivity and meet the unique demands of your work environment. Here are the models Insight Works offers:

Accessories for the CK65

Honeywell provides a wide range of accessories for the CK65 mobile computer, enabling customization to fit specific operational needs. This includes charging solutions, ergonomic enhancements, connectivity options, and protective cases, ensuring versatility and extended device utility. Here is a list of the accessories for the CK65 available from Insight Works:

Service Agreements for the CK65

Honeywell’s service agreements for the CK65 mobile computer offer tailored support and maintenance, including extended warranty, repairs, and technical support. These plans range from basic extended coverage to comprehensive packages with 24/7 support and rapid device replacement, allowing businesses to choose the level of service that best fits their needs. Such agreements are important for ensuring device reliability and operational efficiency, helping to maximize investment and minimize downtime.

Honeywell CK65 Detailed Specifications

SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE

Processor: 2.2 GHz Qualcomm 64-bit Snapdragon octa-core
Operating System: Support from Android 9 to Android 13 is provided, with committed support for Android 14 pending feasibility. Not all SKUs have sufficient memory capacity to run all versions of Android. Verify memory configuration with chosen software*
Memory: 2 GB/4 GB DDR4 RAM, 32 GB Flash
Display: 10.16 cm (4 in) 480 x 800 bright color LCD with backlight, outdoor readable, optically bonded Corning Gorilla Glass 5 touch panel
Touch Panel: Rugged multi-touch capacitive touch panel, optically bonded for extra durability and better sunlight viewability. Automatic detection and configuration utilizing mutual and self-capacitance modes for water rejection and use with many off-the-shelf gloves
Keypad: 51 or 53-key alpha numeric, 38 or 42-key numeric function, or 30-key large numeric keypads, plus two programmable side buttons
Audio: Speaker, microphone support with noise cancellation. PTT support and Bluetooth® wireless headset support
I/O Ports: Durable, custom I/O connector compatible with CK3 accessories
Camera: 13.0-megapixel color camera with autofocus and advanced software features for better image quality, f/2.0 aperture, flash LED with flashlight mode
Sensors: Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, hall effect, High-G accelerometer
Storage Expansion: User-accessible microSD card up to 512 GB (SDXC/SDHC/ SDIO-compliant)
Battery: Li-Ion, 7,000 mAh Smart Battery
Hours of Operation: 28 hours
Scanning Capabilities: Honeywell N6703 Slim Imager Engine (1D/2D); Honeywell N6803 FlexRange Slim Imager (1D/2D); Honeywell FlexRange XLR Slim Imager (1D/2D); Honeywell EX20 Near/Far Imager (1D/2D); Honeywell Scanning SDKs for Android
Warranty: One-year limited factory warranty

MECHANICAL

Camera: 13.0-megapixel color camera with autofocus and advanced software features for better image quality, f/2.0 aperture, flash LED with flashlight mode
Sensors: Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, hall effect, High-G accelerometer
Storage Expansion: User-accessible microSD card up to 512 GB (SDXC/SDHC/ SDIO-compliant)
Battery: Li-Ion, 7,000 mAh Smart Battery
Hours of Operation: 28 hours
Scanning Capabilities: Honeywell N6703 Slim Imager Engine (1D/2D); Honeywell N6803 FlexRange Slim Imager (1D/2D); Honeywell FlexRange XLR Slim Imager (1D/2D); Honeywell EX20 Near/Far Imager (1D/2D); Honeywell Scanning SDKs for Android
Warranty: One-year limited factory warranty

N6703SR/FlexRange XLR Version/N6803 FlexRange Dimensions: 22.7 cm x 8.3 cm x 4.2 cm (8.9 in x 3.3 in x 1.7 in)
N6703SR/FlexRange XLR Version/N6803 FlexRange Weight: 498 g (17.6 oz) with battery pack
EX20 Version Dimensions: 22.7 cm x 8.3 cm x 4.7 cm (8.9 in x 3.3 in x 1.9 in)
EX20 Version Weight: 544 g (19.2 oz) with battery pack

WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY

WLAN: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; Wi-Fi certified 2×2 MIMO support
Additional WLAN Features: 802.11 d/e/h/i/k/r/w
WLAN Security: OPEN, WEP, WPA/WPA2/ WPA3 (Personal and Enterprise)
Supported EAP: TLS, PEAP, TTLS, PWD, LEAP CCX Version 4 certified
Bluetooth: V5.0 with BLE and Backward Compatibility
Bluetooth Profiles: HFP, PBAP, A2DP, AVRCP, OPP, SPP, GATT
NFC: Integrated Near Field Communication
VoIP: Supported
VPN: IPSec V4/L2TP, PPTP
Push to Talk (PTT): Supported

DATA SECURITY
FIPS 140-2 Level 1 Validated
– Data at Rest
– Data in Motion

ENVIRONMENTAL
Operating Temperature:
Standard Temp Unit: -20°C to 50°C (-4°F to 122°F)
Cold Storage Unit: -30°C to 50°C (-22°F to 122°F)
Storage Temperature: -30°C to 70°C (-22°F to 158°F)
Humidity: 0 to 95% relative humidity (non-condensing)
ESD: ±15 kV Air and ±8 kV Direct
Environmental Sealing: Independently certified to meet IP65 and IP68 standards for moisture and particle intrusion

DEVICE DURABILITY
Drop: 3 m (10 ft) to concrete at room temperature, 2.4 m (8 ft) across operating range per MIL-STD 810G
Tumble: 3,000 1.0 m (3.3 ft) tumbles per IEC 60068-2-32 specification

ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATIONS AND APPROVALS
US/Canada: Class 1 Div 2, Groups A, B, C, and D Class 2 Div 2, Groups F, G
Class 3