Priority AccountEdge vs. QuickBooks Desktop Premier

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Priority AccountEdge
Score 6.0 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
AccountEdge is a small business accounting software for Mac and Windows users. AccountEdge allows business owners to organize, process, and report on their financial information. Its features include accounting, integrated payroll, sales and purchases, contact management, inventory, and time billing. It was acquired by Priority Software in January 2018 to expand that company's small business portfolio.N/A
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
QuickBooks Desktop Premier is an installed version of QuickBooks for general business, contractors, manufacturing and warehouse accounting, as well as nonprofits, professional services, and retail.N/A
Pricing
Priority AccountEdgeQuickBooks Desktop Premier
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Priority AccountEdgeQuickBooks Desktop Premier
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsAccountEdge is available to new customers for $399. Optional product upgrades are released every year for $159 single-user upgrade or $249 multi-user upgrade.
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Community Pulse
Priority AccountEdgeQuickBooks Desktop Premier
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Priority AccountEdgeQuickBooks Desktop Premier
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Priority AccountEdge
6.6
6 Ratings
10% below category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.9
47 Ratings
20% above category average
Pay calculation10.06 Ratings7.046 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.04 Ratings10.020 Ratings
Direct deposit files5.04 Ratings8.036 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management6.05 Ratings9.927 Ratings
Reimbursement management4.03 Ratings9.529 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Priority AccountEdge
9.0
7 Ratings
13% above category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.4
49 Ratings
7% below category average
Role-based user permissions9.07 Ratings10.040 Ratings
Single sign-on capability00 Ratings4.943 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Priority AccountEdge
9.0
7 Ratings
18% above category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
6.9
57 Ratings
8% below category average
Dashboards9.04 Ratings4.948 Ratings
Standard reports9.07 Ratings7.956 Ratings
Custom reports9.06 Ratings7.954 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Priority AccountEdge
7.2
8 Ratings
1% below category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.1
60 Ratings
3% below category average
Accounts payable9.08 Ratings7.058 Ratings
Accounts receivable9.08 Ratings7.059 Ratings
Cash management8.12 Ratings8.054 Ratings
Bank reconciliation6.08 Ratings8.057 Ratings
Expense management6.06 Ratings6.156 Ratings
Time tracking6.04 Ratings5.028 Ratings
Multi-currency support9.03 Ratings9.018 Ratings
Multi-division support9.02 Ratings7.033 Ratings
Regulations compliance7.02 Ratings1.819 Ratings
Electronic tax filing7.04 Ratings10.028 Ratings
Self-service portal2.71 Ratings8.017 Ratings
Fixed asset management00 Ratings5.039 Ratings
Global Financial Support00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers00 Ratings7.06 Ratings
Intercompany Accounting00 Ratings9.08 Ratings
Localizations00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations00 Ratings7.014 Ratings
Enterprise Accounting00 Ratings9.05 Ratings
Configurable Accounting00 Ratings7.16 Ratings
Centralized Rules Framework00 Ratings9.93 Ratings
Standardized Processes00 Ratings4.37 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Priority AccountEdge
8.0
6 Ratings
17% above category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
2.9
36 Ratings
80% below category average
Inventory tracking8.06 Ratings1.735 Ratings
Automatic reordering8.01 Ratings1.015 Ratings
Location management8.03 Ratings8.019 Ratings
Manufacturing module8.02 Ratings1.017 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Priority AccountEdge
8.0
7 Ratings
10% above category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.0
38 Ratings
3% below category average
Pricing8.05 Ratings10.030 Ratings
Order entry9.05 Ratings10.031 Ratings
Credit card processing6.05 Ratings7.027 Ratings
Cost of goods sold9.06 Ratings6.334 Ratings
Order Orchestration00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
End-to-end order visibility00 Ratings1.04 Ratings
Order exception Resolution00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Priority AccountEdge
5.0
3 Ratings
32% below category average
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
1.3
20 Ratings
137% below category average
Plug-ins5.03 Ratings1.320 Ratings
API for custom integration00 Ratings1.315 Ratings
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User Ratings
Priority AccountEdgeQuickBooks Desktop Premier
Likelihood to Recommend
6.0
(18 ratings)
3.0
(63 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.8
(10 ratings)
1.3
(12 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(3 ratings)
7.0
(14 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.9
(5 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
5.7
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(3 ratings)
1.1
(12 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.0
(1 ratings)
7.2
(7 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
6.2
(4 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Priority AccountEdgeQuickBooks Desktop Premier
Likelihood to Recommend
Priority Software
If you are handling a large client list, and are selling services, it is dead easy. If you are managing/selling a physical inventory, it seems like it has great options to do that quite well (disclaimer, I do not use those functions, but I have paid attention as that functionality was built into the software). If you want to link your bank account to a bookkeeping platform, this is not the software for you (at least so far).
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Intuit
QuickBooks Premier is not well suited to manufacturing industries, as it cannot handle the complicated inventory requirements of raw materials, work in process, and finished goods. Retailers and Wholesalers can use QuickBooks Premier as long as they have an add-on inventory tracking program or Point of Sale system that integrates with QuickBooks. Likewise, restaurants would need specialized restaurant software that integrates with QuickBooks Premier. Non-profits can use QuickBooks Premier non-profit edition, but if they use fund accounting, it will require some complicated work-arounds. QuickBooks Premier is well-suited to most construction trades, personal and professional services providers, small retailers, and rental property owners.
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Pros
Priority Software
  • AccountEdge has a robust report menu that allows a user to slice and dice data for analysis. Report on projects for the life of the project across fiscal years. Report on different departments with segregated income statements.
  • For users who want to run payroll in house that is easily done through the payroll module. Print physical checks or direct deposit to employee's account, process payroll taxes and file year end W2s.
  • My personal favorites are time billing and retainers. As a service based business I can at my fingertips review how much money a client has on deposit with me and how much of that will be billed out at the end of the month. The integration with AccountEdge Mobile rounds it all out with being able to log my time on-site.
  • Last but not least AccountEdge Mobile in general, as the companion app for the desktop software is invaluable. My heaviest use is the spend money feature. Excellent for logging travel receipts & cash expenses while they are fresh on the brain. Really cuts back the data entry at the end of a trip and trying to recall what something may have been for.
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Intuit
  • The program is easy to learn and use. We can train our clients' personnel how to use the program with out difficulty.
  • It is easy for clients to generate bills and manage accounts receivable.
  • It is easy to manage accounts payable and allows clients to pay their bills electronically.
  • Transactions can be imported electronically for credit card and banking transactions.
  • It is easy to reconcile bank and credit card accounts.
  • We can import data generated by QuickBooks into our tax and accounting software.
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Cons
Priority Software
  • My biggest frustration, and one that I've mentioned to Acclivity for many years, is that it only permits opening nine windows at a time (plus the home window). I hit that limit almost daily, and then I have to decide what do I close so I can complete the transaction that needed the "9th" window.
  • The Accounts section includes two quick reports, "Analyze Profit and Loss" and "Analyze Balance Sheet. These can be filtered for the current month or any prior month in the current fiscal year. And that's fine most of the year, but at the beginning of the next year, when I haven't yet started the new fiscal year, these only go to December of the prior year. The regular reports for these can select "next year;" why can't these?
  • It would be helpful if the journal entry number would have one or two additional digits available. For example, when I am entering journal entries for a client, I would like to use a number such as CPA2014001, CPA2014002, etc. to distinguish what I enter from the "automatic" entries that AccountEdge does. But that's one more digit than AccountEdge allows, so if I had over 100 adjustments, I would run out of entry numbers.
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Intuit
  • I would like to be able to choose how i want to view accounts receivable aging. I would like some flexibility to sort and choose how to present the data.
  • For a seasoned accountant, I would like to see some of the restrictive controls that are in place for novices to be able to be relaxed so that I can easily make some entries and adjust some balances that ordinarily a regular user would not be able to do.
  • I would like to see an easy way to clear old outstanding checks that need to be reversed without affecting prior balances/history.
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Likelihood to Renew
Priority Software
Without a doubt, when you need to do accounting use the program that will get the job done in the least amount of time with the least amount of errors. Once you are using a program that works you stay with it year after year and you will find yourself even excited about the updates
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Intuit
Because we have been extremely happy with the product and our organization tends to be creatures of habit. We rarely leave a product that works this well for the latest and greatest. Typically we follow the "if it's not broken, don't fix it rule". While QB does make changes we typically just roll with it. If we do find something we don't like we work through it until we fully understand its functionality.
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Usability
Priority Software
The intuitive interface does all the tasks we need our accounting software to do. Some tasks are slower to process than I would like but overall very usable. Customizable forms let us choose to either go with the easy ready-made out-of-the-box options or retool them to better fit our specific needs.
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Intuit
QuickBooks is an amazing tool that provides all of the necessary features needed to run the finances of a company. I would like for QuickBooks to provide better resources for training. There are many features that go unused because of lack of knowledge. Procore offers chatting and calls on their platform and they make it easy and accessible to get answers and solutions.
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Reliability and Availability
Priority Software
One of the finer advantages of desktop software, it's always available. AccountEdge doesn't suffer from outages or sluggish internet like web based applications do. It's always there when you power on your device!
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Intuit
This is very reliable software, the desktop version is fast. If there is a problem, it is most likely on your own hardware!
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Performance
Priority Software
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Intuit
It takes forever to load.
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Support Rating
Priority Software
On the few occasions we have needed tech support over the years, they were responsive and worked to get to the root of the issues. However, even though Checkout POS is a separate application, it was pitched to us as a natural extension of the functionality of our AE software that would integrate seamlessly. The company's support for Checkout has been minimal at best, and now totally abandoned. That colors our view of Priority's support unfortunately. And to be honest, that's why it's a 9 instead of a 10. So to be fair, AccountEdge's support itself has been very good over the years.
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Intuit
This is an awesome product and the support team is very knowledgeable. The product is mature, so there are not a lot of bugs and the support team really solves problems quickly. Usually it is a user error issue, but the support desk helps me out. I love the fact that it is US based support.
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Implementation Rating
Priority Software
unfortunately no.
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Intuit
It is important to do your research. There are tutorial videos online that could help new user of this accounting system. These tutorials are straightforward and easily understandable.
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Alternatives Considered
Priority Software
For Mac enthusiasts, AccountEdge is the complete installed software solution for small to medium-sized businesses, as it has so many capabilities that QuickBooks for Mac lacks. However, it holds your hand less than QuickBooks for Mac does, so you ought to know what your are doing in keeping business books properly. If your needs are simple, QuickBooks for Mac may be a better solution. QuickBooks Online and Xero are excellent cloud accounting solutions that can be used on the Mac equally well as on Windows. QuickBooks Online offers a similar set of features as QuickBooks for Mac, with the addition of anywhere, anytime access. Xero is a great basic accounting solution in the cloud that can also be used equally well on Macs and WIndows, and offers endless customization and flexibility through its extensive third-party app integration for almost any need.
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Intuit
QuickBooks Premier handles most of my business functions efficiently in one package. It is not my "everything." I use Replicon for time rather than QuickBooks. I don't want my WIP data interfering with my accounting. I use PaySimple for it's web interface and back office processing. I don't have security issues since I don't have any credit card data in my possession. With today's identity theft environment, I have to protect myself as much as I can. Not having credit card data in my accounting software lets me sleep much better at night. Quicken will do basic accounting but does not have all the double entry accounting systems contained in QuickBooks. QuickBooks Online does much of the basic business functions but I don't like the pricing structure. As a professional accountant, that is very important to me. Bill.com provided a good service but the ability of QuickBooks to add bills and receipts to transactions makes it redundant.
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Scalability
Priority Software
No answers on this topic
Intuit
They're getting better. Still room for improvement.
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Return on Investment
Priority Software
  • Increased employee efficiency - Time is no longer spent switching between programs because all of the information can be found in one place.
  • Customer service has also improved because employees find the program much easier to use, even at the point of sale.
  • Better record keeping - AccountEdge has a very simple invoicing application that allows us to keep track of and balance our accounts.
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Intuit
  • Since our financials are kept very up to date, it helps us compare our financial results to prior years and it is used for our internal goal setting.
  • Due to the accountant copy function, we are able to provide better service since our clients are not waiting on us to fix historical data. They can continue their operations uninterrupted.
  • The import feature certainly speeds up the process of accounting for our payroll. As previously mentioned, it takes about a minute to do our entries for payroll and check them.
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