Product Comparison: The Zebra MC3300 vs Zebra MC9300

The Zebra MC3300 and the Zebra MC9300 are two of the most popular mobile computers on the market, but which is right for your warehouse? In this article, we discuss the similarities, differences, and features of both devices, including their drop specs, battery life, and Zebra's ecosystem of applications.


The first similarity is that both the Zebra MC9300 and Zebra MC3300 are offered in either a standard or a long-range scan engine. The long-range scan engine can scan up to 70 feet, while the standard range can scan up to about two feet or an arm's length. The long-range feature is essential for scanning items located at high racks or location placards as barcodes that are hanging from the ceiling.

The devices also come with a variety of different keypad options depending on the specific needs of the user. Also, both devices run on the Android operating system paired with Zebra's ecosystem of applications. The Zebra ecosystem comprises a suite of applications that users can access to enhance their device's functionality. For example, the "Push to Talk" application allows users to communicate from device to device without using a walkie-talkie. Another useful application is "Stage Now," which enables users to scan a barcode and push a configuration to the device within seconds.


The most apparent difference between the Zebra MC9300 and Zebra MC3300 is the size. The MC9300 is larger, with a bigger screen, a larger keypad, and larger keys. On the other hand, the MC3300 is smaller and lighter, making it suitable for light warehouse use or retail-type processes.

The MC9300 is purpose-built for harsh environments and can withstand drops, while the MC3300 is not as rugged. The MC9300 has a 10-foot drop specification, the highest in the industry, and can have a rubber boot attached to it for extra protection. Meanwhile, the MC3300 has a 6-foot drop specification, which can be increased to 8 feet by attaching a rubber boot.

Other Considerations

Device Applications

When choosing between the two devices, the application used should not be the sole determinant. Both devices work well with either a web-based client, a native Android application, or an older Windows legacy unit running terminal emulation. However, a larger screen, which comes with the MC9300, may be more suitable for web-based apps because the rendering is clearer and more user-friendly.

Battery Life

Both the MC3300 and MC9300 have high-powered batteries that can last up to 20 hours per charge, making them ideal for 24/7 operation. The devices also have hot-swappable batteries, allowing users to swap the battery without powering down the device.


The Zebra MC3300 and Zebra MC9300 are both popular handheld devices for warehouses. While they have similarities, such as offering long and standard-range scan engines and running on the Android operating system, they have differences that make them more suitable for certain warehouse environments. The MC9300 is more rugged, has a larger screen, and can withstand drops, making it ideal for harsh environments. Meanwhile, the MC3300 is lighter and smaller, making it suitable for light warehouse use or retail-type processes. When choosing between the two devices, the application used should not be the sole determinant. Both devices have long battery life and are hot-swappable, making them ideal for 24/7 operation.

If you are in the process of comparing these two devices or any other handheld devices for your warehouse, please reach out to Liberty Systems, and we would love to guide you through the process.