Depending on the dealer, the 246 may be $25 to $40 cheaper than a 330. It's also a much smaller "pocket friendly" size, fits easily in a shirt or jacket pocket. The 330 is the same case size as a 396, and won't go in a shirt pocket (not my shirts anyway), and only slip in a heavier coat pocket.maalox said:hi. i spoke to lentini communications about buying a 330t. they said more people are buying the 246t than the br330t i wonder why.
i think the 246t has a better backlight.MarkWestin said:The BC246T is a fine, but basic scanner. The BR330T is a fine and more deluxe scanner. The biggest drawback to the BC246T is that the keyboard is not backlit. The BR330T keyboard is backlit and also the BR330T has many of the features of the BCD396T (except digital). As an example, the BR330T has a signal strength meter (minimal really) and a battery voltage indicator. The BR330T also has the Fire Tone Out feature (which is not useful to me, but is to some).
The bottom line is buy the BR330T is it is within your budget, but buy the BC246T if you can't afford the BR330T. I bought both, and use both every day.