Buyers Guide: POS Computers

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POS ComputersPOS is the abbreviation for Point of Sale and its computers are the computers used in POS systems for capturing data and customer payment information when buying and selling goods and services.



These POS computers prove to be very beneficial as you can reduce transaction time and serve more customers, easily keep track of inventory and decrease theft, change prices quickly and easily and also maintain staff wages and other payroll issues.



POS computers are used with various devices to form a point of sale station. The devices used in this station include cash registers, bar code scanners, magnetic card readers and even a combination of these devices.



POS computers should be compatible


Though it is possible to buy POS computers separately, make sure it matches the POS system supplier’s specifications. This is why it is better to have the supplier install a computer with the POS system, including all its devices.



So when you go looking for POS computers, you find that there is a large variety of computers to choose from like the IBM SurePOS 300, Posiflex LX700 and Partner Tech 5700.



However, whichever POS computer you choose for your POS system, make sure you check its compatibility with the other devices of your POS station. Moreover, as most computers are found in various styles like tower cases, desktops and mini towers, choose the type and size of the computer case based on whether the computer will be used under or on the counter.



Various devices used with POS computers


EPOS touch screens are usually used by retail and hospitality businesses in their POS stations as staff reacts well to them as they are similar to normal keyboards. However sometimes, outlets like takeaways may use keyboards designed for their specific needs.



Bar code scanners are another device to use with your POS computer to read bar codes on products and send details to the computer. You can buy any form of bar code scanner, but make sure you decide based on customer volume.



The cash drawer is where POS system operators keep cash, cheques and vouchers and come with at least an 18 gauge steel with secure lock. POS printers are another accessory used for printing receipts and for printing out kitchen and bar orders, sales reports and bar code labels.



Restricted access to POS computers


Magnetic strip readers and chip and PIN machines are used for reading the stripes on credit and debit cards and for loyalty, discount, bonus and gift cards. Though most POS system software are alike, you may want to modify your software to meet your POS computer and POS accessories. The more complex is your requirement, the more expensive will the software be.



POS computers usually have restricted access and can be accessed with the help of magnetic strip cards, PIN numbers or with the help of biometric fingerprint ID technology. Of the three, biometric fingerprint ID is the most popular and reliable form of identification as staff can misuse swipe cards and PIN numbers.


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