Point of Sale System Reviews

Ultimately, this should be an easy decision. For cost and ease-of-use, there are few options more attractive. If you seek detail -- bells, whistles, and advanced analytical might -- then you best keep walkin', friend. This here register is all about utility. Hell, it's right there in the name. Register. You want a full-scale point-of-sale? Take yer highfalutin hyphens and git! Young gun or grizzled veteran, most merchants will plainly see what Amazon Local Register holds for them within the first five minutes. The question is whether or not it will be enough.

There's a lot to like about Ambur: price, features, and flexibility. Its particular brand of freedom is frightening to some merchants. Many people prefer to let the software do the back-end work and save their self-reliance for day-to-day concerns; those are the sort of people likely to be enticed by Ambur's free support. Email is always available, though phone support is also available during business hours. There is a priority phone support option, but it carries with it an additional fee.

Bindo has set out to carve an imposing niche into a crowded marketplace. Nifty features are a good way to separate yourself from the pack in the short term -- but true innovation seems the surest course to longevity. This retail POS takes a little from both columns A and B in its bid to bring merchant power back to the local level. By focusing on merchant-friendly inventory setup and customer-centric crowdsourcing, Bindo hopes to topple retail conglomerates.

Breadcrumb Payments remains a cost-effective and visually attractive option for small merchants. Restaurants in need of table service functionality will probably want to upgrade to Pro, but QSR/retail owners right in that sweet spot between Square & POS Lavu may find it an appealing interface. Provided the flat processing rates don’t counteract the savings from the subscription-free software, the system is intuitive and frighteningly simple to operate.

Ideally, the system offers a lot to like; if the developer network continues to grow, there remains a lot of potential in the modular POS model. Imagine being able to download a new feature at a moment's notice! Owners could build the system of their dreams -- some of column A, a little of column B -- and off they ride into the sunset. Until First Data works some of the kinks out of this Clover setup, however, it remains to be seen just how useful the system can be.

LightSpeed obviously has some flaws that limit its effectiveness in certain markets, but their focus is on retail. Pro has long been a player in the retail space, and with Cloud, LightSpeed finally has a more cost-conscious option for average merchants. Reporting, inventory, customer tracking, and more make LightSpeed a power-packed system capable of handling even the most demanding businesses.

NCR Silver is a relatively new entry into the marketplace, but it certainly makes a strong impression. At first glance, it appears to have everything a merchant could want — with major corporate support to boot. In particular, the customer database functions make it a front runner for any owner seeking to turn their modest startup into a marketing juggernaut. The seamless integration & one-stop hardware sales are also likely to attract businesses looking for someone else to do their heavy lifting during setup.

Lavu is another classic case of getting what you pay for in the long run. If owners want to spend the extra money, they will definitely find the extra value in this comprehensive system. That being said, it can be a little finicky — and perhaps not the most intuitive at times. Still, many restaurants will find the power intoxicating, and Lavu certainly has the muscle to back up their product.

If tablet POS solutions are cars, then surely Revel is a high-end sports car — the finely-tuned, street-racing BMW popular with today’s tech-friendly youth. Its cost may turn away the casual fan, but anyone shelling out for this level of service probably has some extra money to burn. And if that added cost pays dividends by letting powerful software do the heavy lifting for employees, then any lingering fears over cost will quickly become a distant memory.

Unlike similar web-friendly POS solutions like ZingCheckout, Shopify carries with it a hefty cost. Fortunately, that money will not be a sunk cost for any merchant looking to maximize their online potential. Shopify provides a robust eCommerce platform with flexibility & power to spare. Ultimately, the question of whether or not to use Shopify POS should come down to merchants’ online needs.

Taken as a whole, ShopKeep POS is an attractive, cost-effective option. The interface is not only simple to use, but also easy to learn. Extensive features make it arguably the best POS available for small- to medium-sized cafes, shops, and quick serve merchants. From scratch, a reasonably priced bundle and relatively low monthly fee enable new merchants to get up and running quickly.

Square is still quite attractive to small businesses — especially those without large tickets or major inventory concerns. Pricing is certainly friendlier toward these owners, but it has few positives for their larger brethren in terms of long-term cost. The rapid setup & low requirements make it the preferred option for many casual, mobile, and/or temporary merchant outlets.

Square is still quite attractive to small businesses — especially those without large tickets or major inventory concerns. Pricing is certainly friendlier toward these owners, but it has few positives for their larger brethren in terms of long-term cost. The rapid setup & low requirements make it the preferred option for many casual, mobile, and/or temporary merchant outlets.

As is the case with many Android apps, there are some quirks I attribute to ongoing bug updates; for instance, I had a brief flirtation with an aneurysm trying to close a test shift when I couldn't clock out a fake employee -- but I was able to work my way around the issue, brilliant power user that I am. At any rate, it's refreshing to see a system clearly geared for Android's fabled flexibility. As powerful as it is out of the box, I look forward to checking out Toast as they continue to expand.

TouchBistro is a master class in order workflow. It may seem simple at a glance -- lacking a few of those truly advanced features some owners crave -- but its beauty belies the beast beneath. Of the users we've encountered, a significant portion are fine dining establishments that adore the gorgeous interface and breezy functionality. Of course, with its reasonable price and detailed controls, it's just as suitable for small restaurants looking to class up the joint with a little modern zest.

Vend is an extremely well-constructed POS with plenty of high-end functionality for a reasonable price. Its cost stands balanced somewhere between “cheap bare-bones” and “luxury POS” — and its tiers, add-ons, & optional features offer loads of flexibility for just about any business. Retail merchants — or at least gratuity-free environments — probably will glean the most benefit from it, but Vend is undoubtedly an all-around threat suited to keeping owners competitive in any marketplace.

Zing may not be the flashiest POS system available, but it’s overall cost & user-friendly marketing features help set it apart from the pack. By aiming for web-savvy young startups & small business communities, ZingCheckout positions itself strongly in a rapidly evolving marketplace. Mobile POS systems appear to see their highest adoption rates in urban areas; the difference between an overnight success & a failed venture can be as simple as visibility.

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