Forget clunky cash registers. iPad based POS systems are a growing trend among the millions of retail outlets, restaurants, gyms and other customer-facing businesses across the globe. They offer more flexibility, more saleability and lower start up costs than traditional POS equipment.
iPad POS can also be synonymous with your brand, for example, Victoria Beckham’s London boutique is more akin to a modern art gallery than clothing store and iPad technology fits in with her simple, sleek and elegant branding.
If you have or are considering adopting an iPad POS for your business then you may have given some consideration to where it will be placed. There are now a wide range of iPad POS stands on the global market and we have put together five of the most stylish and functional versions that could suit your business needs.
Heckler Design Windfall
If you are looking for a sleek, minimalist and modern stand for your iPad POS then the Heckler Design Windfall stand may well be the ideal choice for you. It retains the slim profile of the iPad yet provides the strength and durability needed for constant use.
Cut from high quality powder-coated steel, the Heckler stand is available for a variety of different iPads, in a range of colours and with different prices based on your requirements.
These secure stands in powdercoated steel are not fully enclosed, meaning that all connectors, switches, speakers and microphones are fully accessible and functional. Wireless connection to receipt printers and cash drawers complement the minimalist look of the stand, which can also be securely mounted to the counter in order to prevent theft.
The regular Windfall fits iPad Air 1 & 2 and iPad Pro 9.7″ and selling at £91. In addition, there are also portrait-style stands for the iPad Mini 1/2/3/4 for £83. For UK businesses, the iZettle store sells the Windfall for Air for £99 excl. VAT.
Although a flip would have been useful, there is no denying that the slide function and huge selection of colours available make it easy to find one that is suitable for your counter.
SumUp Tablet Stand
If you are looking for a tablet stand that is ethical, natural and beautifully designed then the SumUp tablet stand may be your perfect choice. Created from PEFC certified ecological and ethically sourced wood from the German forests, the ergonomic beech and oak design is finished with a clear lacquer to give it more resilience to dirt and wear and tear.
A turntable on the foot makes it fully rotatable, and the stand can be secured to your countertop using the provided lock and thread.
The iPad can also be mounted and locked to the stand keeping it safe and secure. The only real negative is that your iPad needs to be attached to the mounting plate via adhesive which is tricky to remove should you need to. However, this makes it compatible with any size and variety of iPad you may have.
While it has been developed for SumUp’s Point of Sales system, it will look good with any iPad POS desk that would compliment a wooden finish.
Exclusively from SumUp, this unusual iPad stand is mainly available in Germany, but you can now also buy it online from the UK-based Pos-Hardware Ltd for £135 + VAT.
Proper P/O/S swivel
Minimalism is the key defining feature of the Proper P/O/S swivel. Standing just 3 inches tall and made of silver aluminium, it is almost imperceptible beneath your iPad giving it the appearance of floating just above the counter. It is also wall-mountable.
Despite its tiny size it is a durable piece of equipment with the ability to rotate 180 degrees for easy screen sharing and use in both landscape and portrait configurations. The sleek design is also complemented by integrated cable routing through the base.
The Swivel has been designed for use with Proper’s Lock Belt – a beautiful aluminium clamp that fits snugly to your iPad, secured with two clamp screws. The Lock Belt also has a Kensington Lock anchor point which acts as a complete anti theft solution. There are a variety of clamps available to suit iPad varieties 2/3/4, iPad Air 1&2 and iPad Mini 2/3/4.
If you are searching for a virtually invisible solution to your iPad stand requirements, then you can purchase the Swivel for just US$99.95 and the Lock Belt for an additional US$125. Studio Proper products are designed in Melbourne exclusively for Apple and are shipped anywhere in the world for free.
Much chunkier than many others on the market, the Square Stand is also heavier – weighing in at 4lbs 15oz – and more obvious at 9.42 inches high. The robust metal skeleton is finished with a molded plastic exterior which is available only in one colour – ‘glossy white’. While this looks clean and modern, it isn’t the easiest design to blend with branding and could also stick out like a sore thumb in some environments.
It currently only supports iPad 2/3/4 4th generation (Lightning) and iPad Air (Lightning). One key benefit is that Square Stand can be fully rotated at the base to make it accessible to the customer. iPads can be locked into the stand, while the included security kit lets you keep it firmly attached to your sales counter, removing some of the risks of theft.
As the Square Stand has a card swipe function in front, it is currently only available in countries where Square uses swipe payments: the US and Canada. In the US, suppliers are limited to Square, Amazon, Apple, Bestbuy and Staples, and you can pick one up for a cool US$99 with free shipping.
We end with the most expensive of our iPad POS stands, the simple but effective Flip from UK company, Bouncepad. Although not the prettiest design on the market, it is definitely very functional. The base is a prism design which hides the power adaptor and offers robustness and supreme stability.
The sand also features a wide iPad faceplate. Both are made from powder-coated stainless steel and whilst the default colours on offer are black and white, the makers of the Flip can also offer a customer colour for an additional cost, prices being given on application.
Weighing in at 5lbs 13oz and with dimensions of 6 inches wide and 5 inches deep, the Bouncepad Flip is one of the larger designs on the market. As well as freestanding use, it can be attached to the counter top using a 4-screw system, securing it against theft. As the name suggests, the design allows the iPad to be ‘flipped’ over for easy customer use, making it a popular choice in many retail outlets.
The Bouncepad Flip is currently compatible with the iPad Mini 1/2/3/4, iPad Air 1&2 and iPad 2/3/4 (Retina), and can be purchased for an investment of £195 + VAT. If larger: intensive-use iPad POS stands are going to be more suitable for your business, then the Bouncepad Flip should be a definite contender.