Tablet Restaurant POS Systems
Tablet Restaurant POS Systems are maturing quickly and are becoming a reliable solution for restauranteurs. Tablet Restaurant POS Systems include iPad Tablet POS systems, Android Tablet POS systems and Windows Based Tablet POS systems and these tablet systems typically rely on an “always on” Internet connection or an onsite PC with a wireless connection to function. This limitation does not apply to most PC based systems or Windows based tablets. But, this limitation does apply to most cloud based and Software as a Service (SaaS) POS systems that do not address this issue via their software.
In the past many PC based restaurant POS systems relied on a back office PC. This meant that if the back office PC failed so did all the POS terminals. This also seemed like a huge limitation but most restaurants never experienced a back office failure lasting more than a few minutes and the same is now true with Internet access.
Almost every restaurant is using their POS system for credit card processing which also requires Internet access to connect the restaurant to their credit card processor. These systems do not require an “always on” Internet connection, but when a guest presents their credit card for payment, time is of the essence. Fortunately most restaurant Point of Sale systems can utilize a cell phone backup connection from the network router to process credit cards when the restaurant loses their DSL Internet connection.
So how do the tablet restaurant POS solutions stack up against the traditional Windows PC based restaurant POS solutions? There is no question they are smaller and much more portable than a PC based POS terminal. But don’t forget most PC based POS systems can utilize optional iPads and other tablets if there is a need for tableside order entry.
Here is a case study of a restaurant that added tablets to their existing POS system. The big difference between the two solution’s is the features and options. The PC based restaurant POS systems have evolved and matured over the years to include years of features and options designed specifically for the hospitality market. The new tablet restaurant POS systems are not wasting any time and are spending heavily on development to catch up. What these new systems, dubbed “POS Lite” by Maitre’D, have to offer could be all your restaurant needs. We have a complete list of POS features and options that you can use to evaluate the capabilities of these “POS Lite” solutions so you don’t find out too late that what you really need in a POS system is not yet available. We also have a free white paper, “POS and a Whole Lot More!” that details the importance of the POS system to your restaurant and how it functions as a central hub affecting almost every area of your operation.
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