Which Mobile POS Hardware Should I Buy?

Are you interested in taking mobile orders and payments? This post reviews consideration for selecting mobile POS hardware and a few options recommended by Aluvii are presented.

Additional Considerations for Mobile POS Hardware

Consider the following additional possible characteristics in your mobile POS hardware selection:

  • Rugged – your hardware will be in a lot of busy hands day in and day out. In most cases, it needs to be resistant to drops, dust, outdoor weather, and consistent day-to-day use/abuse.
  • Long Battery Life – mobile POS hardware is unplugged. You must have a battery that lasts through a workday of consistent use.
  • Bright Screen – will you be using your tablet in the sunlight? If so, be sure the screen is bright enough.
  • EMV or Swipe Hardware – will you be dipping or swiping the customers’ cards?
  • Size – all of the above components must be small and light enough to hold in your hand, yet large enough to efficiently navigate the software’s user interface.
  • Accessories – carrying cases, hand straps, and charging docks add to the expense of the solution, but most of the time, pays for itself in protecting against damage.


Recommended Mobile POS Hardware for Aluvii


The Quest Tablet III by Touch Dynamics runs Windows OS and comes with 10″ or 7″ screen. The 10″ has a built-in EMV chip reader that is compatible with Cardiknox and Aluvii. Both the 10″ and the 7″ have a swiper that will work. 


POS-X manufactures the EVO Tab 8 with an 8″ screen.


Another less expensive option is the Microsoft Surface Go. It would require a bit more improvisation like attaching a card swipe or dip device to it with some double-sided foam tape and some mixing and matching with peripherals and USB cord management or Bluetooth connections, but someone set on saving some money could come up with something functional.

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