Casio SE-C3500 Cash Register Review

My SE-C3500The Casio SE-C3500 cash register replaced the outgoing SE-C2000 in the spring of 2013. The SE-C3500 – like its predecessor – is a ‘split-keyboard’ cash register, with a raised set of ‘function’ buttons on the left hand side and a flat set of 72 product or department buttons on the right hand side. In addition to this unusual style (cash registers traditionally have either an entirely raised or an entirely flat keyboard) the SE-C3500 has several stand-out features. One such feature is the large tilting multi line LCD operator display. The operator screen clearly shows both the price entered and the name of the item or department sold. This makes it very easy for the cashier to spot an incorrect entry before they quote the subtotal to the customer or cash off the sale. The SE-C3500 has a review order screen, allowing them to easily void the incorrect line. This cuts down on over rings and the resulting discrepancies in the till takings reports. In addition to the operator display, the pop-up customer rear display is also alpha numeric so the customer can see what items are being rung through giving them confidence that the correct amounts are being rung through the cash register.

The next big feature on the Casio SE-C3500 is the twin station, fast, quiet thermal receipt printer. Twin-station is cash register jargon for two! Twin-station simply means that as well as having the receipt roll the SE-C3500 also has a real-time audit roll – just like the on the old SE-C2000. The SE-C3500 is flexible enough to use the printers in a variety of ways. The audit roll feeds onto the take up spool at the back of the cash register, whilst the receipt printer can be set with the receipt function switched off so it is only issued on customer request. The SE-C3500 can also be programmed to enable copy or duplicate receipts on request. The receipt header can be customised to include your shop name and promotional details. As with most cash registers you can issue an end of day sales report.

In terms of other cash register features, the SE-C3500 has a secure key lock ensuring manager control over reports and programming. The SE-C3500 has 72 buttons on the flat section of the keyboard. These buttons are departments by default, but the cash register can be set up with them as PLUs (individual products). The SE-C3500 also supports barcode scanning with up to 3,000 barcode lines. SE-C450_3500 Buttons.png

The SE-C3500 has a full size metal cash base. The removable plastic insert has 4 note holders and 8 coin pots – enough to cover the UK denominations. The dimensions of the SE-C3500 are 400mm wide x 450mm deep with a height of 220mm. The ‘low-slung’ profile of the Casio SE-C cash register range in general make them popular to retailers who prefer sleek design to the more bulky, traditional style of other manufacturers.

The SE-C3500 also has an inbuilt SD card slot, which can be utilised for backing up the cash registers programming – a big advantage should your business utilise multiple tills with the same products – and for extracting your end of day reports into a spreadsheet.

The only limitation we can find on the Casio SE-C3500 is that the journal roll cannot be switched off. If you only need a single printer or aren’t fussed about keeping a journal roll please see our review of the SE-C3500’s ‘little brother’ – the SE-C450. If you are ordering your SE-C3500 for a hospitality application (café, restaurant, pub, deli etc.) we would recommend ordering with an additional wet cover for the raised button portion of the keyboard as the manufacturer supplies a cover for the flat portion only.

For more information on the SE-C3500 and other Casio cash registers please check out our website: http://www.shopstuff.co.uk/

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