Payment processing technology options are endless as you may already know.

Well, there’s a new kid in town.

I’ve discussed countertop terminal options, POS systems and wireless processing options previously, but if you’re looking for a new option, you’re going to want to consider Clover.

First Data just released their version of a simple point of sale (POS) and cash register system called Clover.

It’s tablet style system that is particularly useful in retail and restaurant environments, and it does a lot more than just let you process payments.

The guiding principles of Clover

When the design and build team set out to bring Clover to the market they had 4 guiding principles in mind.

They are:

  1. Reliability – it must consistently work, even if the internet goes down
  2. Ease of Setup – the goal was to make it easy enough for anyone to set up in 15 minutes or less
  3. Expandability – the ability to add additional applications and expand with other software/hardware
  4. Pride Of Ownership – they wanted everyone to be excited about buying and continually using the POS system

Knowing the issues that some merchants have with expensive point of sale systems, the Clover designers hit all of the main areas of concern.

Connectivity & cloud backup

In a demanding wireless world, sometimes connections fail.

Clover is built with Ethernet connectivity AND 802.11a/b/g/n wireless connection options.

Online backup has become commonplace so it’s no surprise that Clover has a cloud backup system in place as well.

All orders/sales taken through the Clover system are stored in the cloud and properly encrypted so NO data is stored on the machine itself to comply with PCI Guidelines keeping your customers’ card information safe.

Add Ons

Clover taps into an open market through the Android operating system. You have access to a community of developers and through the APP function within the Clover interface, you can customize your unit as you see fit.

Additionally, you can add hardware that includes:

  • Printer
  • Barcode scanner
  • Digital scale all via USB connection

While the system comes with the cash drawer and a built in card reader, you can see that the system can be expanded to fit your needs.

First Data Clover Product specifications

Clover Station:

  • Weight: 5 lbs
  • Connection: Ethernet and wireless enabled
  • Screen Size: 11.6”
  • Countertop Space: 11.0” x 7.5”


  • Countertop Space: 6.9” x 6.9” x 6.9”
  • Weight: 2.8 lbs.
  • Power Source: Standard 110v power source

Cash Drawer:

  • Countertop Space: 16.5” x 16.5’ x 4.3”
  • Weight: 14.4 lbs
  • Power Source: Single cord from the printer station

Clover in action

If you want to read full details about clover, click here to go to their site.

And if you’re interested in learning more about how this machine will fit into your retail business, contact us for a personalized assessment.