Touchscreens start at about $350.00 each. If you need three or four
stations, this expense can add a lot to your total POS bill.
There is no question that using the keyboard can be faster
than a touchscreen since you can use both hands easily.
However, the size of the menu can be a factor in your decision
to use a touchscreen or the keyboard.
If you have a small menu your employees will memorize the menu-codes
in a short time and will be able to use the keyboard very quickly.
On the other hand, if you are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
you may have a large menu. In this case, it is probably easier to
use a touchscreen than the keyboard.
Be aware that the mouse can be used on the Foodman touchscreens.
Some people claim that using the mouse is quicker than using
the touchscreen. This makes sense because moving the arm from,
for example, from the bottom-left to the top-right takes more
time than moving the mouse. It is perfectly viable to use the
mouse if you don't want to spend the money on touchscreens, and
some people do.
Remember that you can use EITHER the keyboard, the touchscreen
or the mouse with all Foodman systems.
We usually recommend that you buy the software before you buy any
touchscreens. This lets you setup your menu and work with it first.
Then, you can decide if you can use the keyboard or a touchscreen.
The choice is yours.
Here is a screen-shot of a Foodman Touchscreen.
And here is a screen-shot of the screen which shows the operator
the items with their menu-codes so that the keyboard can be used.