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Your Guide to POS Equipment and Hardware

Let’s face it, there’s a lot of point of sale equipment on the market. There’s hundreds of manufacturers selling thousands of products ranging from simple receipt printers to wireless tablets and payment devices. Pricing can vary significantly even for the same type of products, so how do you know what’s right for your business? How do you even know what products you need? That’s where we come in – that’s our job. We’re POS consultants and we’re here to help.

So what’s the basic setup?

The most basic setup you can have includes the core components you need for your system. This is more or less the bare minimum (from a hardware perspective).

Touch Pc’s

Also known as a terminal or an all-in-one, a touch PC is a variation on a desktop computer. Touch PCs include all of the traditional elements of a desktop with the addition of a touch screen monitor.


Magnetic strip readers or card readers have an electric sensor that reads a magnetic strip on the back of a credit or debit card.

Receipt Printers

Receipt printers are vital for printing sales transaction records. Thermal printers are a little more expensive, but are faster and quieter.

Cash Drawers

A cash drawer has distinct compartments for coins and bills of different values which allows cashiers to more quickly and accurately count customer change without shuffling through bills and sifting through coins.


Barcode scanners are electronic devices used for reading printed barcodes. They include a light source, a lens, and a light sensor that translates optical impulses into electrical ones.

Kitchen Printers

Kitchen printers need to withstand the demands of a busy restaurant. They are designed to be fast and loud.