Cloud Point of Sale Feature Comparison

The table below provides a quick comparison of the most common Cloud POS solutions available in the Australian market. Each has strengths in certain areas and we can advise on the most appropriate solution for your business - but there is nothing like a live demo to help you decide!  Please contact us to arrange one today. 

Feature Lightspeed Retail X Lightspeed Restaurant Abacus
Native IOS App for Stability, Usability and true Offline capabilities
 (better stability, faster response, true off-line mode, can use without Internet)
 (html5 app - basically a web page that runs as a skin on the Safari web browser, prone to crashing, won't run properly for extended period without Internet 
 (better stability, faster response, true off-line mode, can use without Internet indefinitely)
Updates Delivered within App
 (partial, requires download from App store)
 (immediate from within App via Apple Enterprise certification - rapid bug fix if required), Also available on App store
For Hospitality
For Retail
Order Dockets
Order Label Printing
Customisable Order Dockets
 (print size only)
Customisable Receipt Layout
 (footer only)
Inventory Management
 - advanced
Bar Code Scanner
Bar Code Printing
Bump (Kitchen Display) Screen
 - advanced
Self Ordering Kiosk
Customer Display Screen
 ($180/month plan)
 ($69/month plan)
At Table Ordering App
Table Management Screen
 ($120/month plan)
 ($69/month plan)
Scales Integration
Time and Attendance
 ($120/month plan)
 ($69/month plan)
Third-party add-on Apps

 (yes, plus own Rostering, Loyalty, Bump Screen, Online Ordering, Online Reservations, iOS and Android App for Ordering and Loyalty)

 (Deputy and other third party App)
 (own and Deputy)
Loyalty Rewards
 (punch cards)
 (bar/QR code automated and points based system)
Sales/Stock Reporting
Works Offline
 for short periods (no perceptible difference)
 for short periods (warning appears), waiterpads and bump screens can't talk back to Main POS
 for up to 1 year (no perceptible difference, waiterpads, bump screens all continue to function flawlessly! Automatic synchronisation of POS Sales when back online.
Cloud Based
Xero Integration
Integrated EFTPOS
- Tyro
-Tyro, CBA
- Tyro, NAB, Westpac, Square 
Online Ordering
 (third party App)
 (own App)
Smart Phone Management
Telephone line Caller Number ID recognition for customer pop up
 ($120/month plan)
- automated per payment type
Gift Cards/Vouchers
 (third party App)
Bar Tabs
Custom Discount/Surcharge Reasons
 ($100/month plan)
Smart Phone Management
Business Intelligence
- $99* and above plans only for Advanced reporting
- Lightspeed Insights - from $40-180 per site per month
- Business Intelligence module - $49 per month
Target Customers Small Retail stores, Fashion, Bike Shops, Franchises, Homewares, Gift Shops with/without E-commerce  Cafes, Bars and Restaurants, Simple Retail, Market stall holders without E-Commerce Cafes, Bars, Restaurants, Brew Pubs, Fine Dining, Franchises, Fast Food, Clubs Whole Foods, Delis, Supermarkets with/without E-commerce
Price per month*

from $79* inc GST per register per month

$200* inc GST a month for 3 registers.

Multiple Outlet pricing starts at $289* inc GST per month.

*when paid annually

from $60 inc GST per register per month (Sell plan - limited functionality)

$120 inc GST for 1 register per month (Manage plan)

$180 inc GST for 1 register per month (Extend plan - closest to standard Abacus plan)

Additional devices $40 inc GST per month

Additional cost for third party add-on software for Loyalty rewards, Vouchers, Gift cards. 

from $69 +GST per register per month, each additional register $49 +GST per month

$189 +GST per month for 4 registers, each additional register $25 +GST per month

Kitchen Display Screen or Customer Facing Display is $25 +GST per device per month.

$49 +GST per month each for Loyalty/Gift Card/Voucher module plus $49 +GST per month of Online Voucher ordering module.

Online Reservations is $49 +GST per month. 

Customer Display Screen or Kitchen Screen is $25 +GST per month each.

Table Ordering iPad for multiple devices is $98 +GST per month.

Self Ordering Kiosk is $79 +GST per month, per Kiosk, plus hardware cost either $6000 +GST per unit or $20 +GST per day over 12 months billed monthly.

Web site Online Ordering can be self provisioned from within the back office for no cost. 

Custom IOS&Android App for Online ordering and Loyalty - $POA +GST total setup and $98 +GST per month per site (includes Loyalty module)

Campaign Module to generate custom campaigns and email and sms customer database. $49 ex GST per month.

Abacus Pay Merchant Gateway for Web / App Ordering fee is a Transaction Cost of 2.9% of order value.