Casio SE-C450 Cash Register Review
The Casio SE-C450 cash register replaced the outgoing SE-C300 in the spring of 2013. The SE-C450 – 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-C450 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-C450 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 advantage of the SE-C450 is the professional, fast, quiet thermal receipt printer. The SE-C450 is flexible enough to use the printer in a variety of ways. So to start with, depending on your business operation, you can set the SE-C450 to work in either receipt or journal mode. In journal mode you are unable to issue customer receipts through the till, but you have an audit of every transaction recorded saved on the take up spool. In the more popular receipt mode you can choose to issue receipts with every transaction, or you can have the receipt function switched off so it is only issued on customer request. The SE-C450 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 addition to this the SE-C450 also provides the ability to issue a journal report of the days takings (providing you run the report prior to the Z report.
In terms of other cash register features, the SE-C450 has a secure key lock ensuring manager control over reports and programming. The SE-SC450 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-C450 also supports barcode scanning with up to 2,000 barcode lines.
The SE-C450 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-C450 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-C45 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-C450 is the single station thermal printer, but should you need two printers (one for receipts and one for audit) please see our review of the SEC-450’s ‘big brother’ – the SE-C3500. If you are ordering your SE-C450 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.
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