We need software that will let us quickly assign items to users, and see what users have already been assigned. We don't need to track individual items, but, for instance, we need to see that a user has been given a charger, when it was given, if it has been returned. We deal with employees who may ask for replacement parts, and some who might want to borrow parts, and it is a very one directional flow of equipment.
Just need to be able to track if users have been given generic pieces of equipment, really. I have not been able to find a solution that puts emphasis on the user instead of the equipment, since we are talking about unimportant pieces like cables and mice.
Typing (item names) would be okay, though we have always found consistency to be a pain, and the items we would look to deploy would be generic items that we could preconfigure. Additionally, we are looking simply to be able to see what assets an employee has been given, however, summary tools (e.g. "What employees have a mouse now?" or "How many mice are lent out there now?") would be useful for budget and SLAs.