We are going to change the existed POS system in a retail boutique store to Shopify POS system. As the store already has everything setup including a computer, card swiper, barcode reader and receipt printer, so I would rather reuse their hardware instead of doing more purchases. I don't know if anyone has successfully implemmented Shopify POS with computer instead of ipad/iphone?
I completely understand your situation and need to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Currently our POS app will integrate on iPhone, iPad and we recently added POS for Android. We are always expanding our POS capabilities with new features rolling out regularly, however currently there is no implementation for desktop.
Your other hardware however, card swiper, barcode reader and receipt printer could possibly work in tandem with our retail package. Have a look over this document to see if your hardware is listed:
Please feel free to reach out to our live support team with any questions. https://docs.shopify.com/support
The Shopify POS is really just a transaction register. Nearly all modern pos systems have fully baked inventory management systems incorporated into them. Shopify is strictly just "Point Of Sale"....you ring people up from it and thats about it. The only inventory management is has is based on the ecommerce. If you arent operating a Shopify ecommerce then the Shopify POS is nearly useless. If you are operating a Shopify website then the POS is helpful to ring people up but to run a real story you need more inventory control....Stocky might be useful I havent used it. But yes, at that point it ends up a little pieced together and not as cohesive as one software that does it all.