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Buyer's Guide for POS Pole Display

Learn Pole Display Basics From The Pros

Pole DisplayHow Do POS Pole Displays Work?
Pole displays are used to show the customer cash register purchase information. The pole display receives data from the POS software running on the connected computer and translates it for the customer. Most pole displays can also display advertising messages, depending on the Point of Sale system software's capabilities.


   

Which Pole Display Should I Buy?
There are some important factors to consider when deciding which pole display you should buy. These factors include software requirements & emulation, connection interfaces, aesthetics, and style.

Software Requirements and Emulation
When selecting a pole display, it is vital to know what emulation your point of sale software supports. In this case, emulation is simply the process of using a computer program to mimic the behaviors of a piece of hardware; the pole display. Any pole display model will be compatible with one or more of the following emulations: UTC Standard, UTC Enhanced, EXMAX, Aedex Standard, Epson, or CE-5220. Your POS system will require one of these emulations, so be sure to contact your software vendor to find out which emulation your software supports.
Connection Interfaces
Most pole displays will connect to your computer via a serial or USB connection, while some models, like the Epson DM-D110, can connect directly to your receipt printer. Traditionally, serial interfaces are the industry standard, but most pole displays now have USB connectivity options. Use the following diagram to determine which connections are available on your computer so you can select the type of interface for your pole display.


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computer ports


Serial Cable and Pole Display Interface Examples
Serial Cable Serial Interface

USB Cable and Pole Display Interface Examples
USB CableUSB Interface
 

flexiblity of poleAesthetics
Aesthetically speaking, there are a few considerations when selecting the right pole display for your POS environment: color, size, mounting style and display features. Typical color choices are black, white, and beige. You should select a color that fits your environment and other POS equipment. With pole display systems, size does matter, as well as display flexibility. Ideally, when your customers approach the counter, your pole display should be easily visible to someone of average height and equipped with display screen tilt angles for customers who are shorter, taller, traveling via wheelchair, etc. Pole mounted models with adjustable head displays offer the best viewing options since they are able to till at angles and swivel 360°. A counter mount is available if your space is limited or if your counter is taller than waist height.


POLE DISPLAY STYLES:

Partner Tech CD-7220 Partner Tech CD-7220 Pole Mount Displays
Pole mount displays are the right choice for any environment where visibility and height are desired. These displays can be mounted directly to the counter or any flat surface. Most pole displays have adjustable viewing features including rotating and tilting screens. Many manufacturers also offer displays with shorter pole lengths simulating the height of a counter display, but with the adjustable features of a pole display.

Models to try: POS-X Xp8200, Partner Tech CD-7220, or Epson DM-D110

Logic Controls LT9000 Logic Controls LT9000 Counter Mount Displays
Counter mount displays are well suited to areas where a standard pole display would be awkward, too high, or at risk of damage. Typically, counter mount displays do not rotate or have adjustable view angles.

Models to try: Logic Controls TD3000 or Logic Controls LT9000

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