Square - Square contactless and chip reader - White

Accept contactless payments on the go with the Square chip reader. This pocket-sized device connects wirelessly to Android and Apple devices to receive payments from the Apple Pay service and EMV chip cards. The Square chip reader comes with a magstripe reader, letting you accept payments from credit and debit cards that have magnetic strips.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Square contactless and chip reader
  • Micro USB to USB cable
  • Square magstripe reader

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (745 out of 766)

Features


Compatible with iOS devices

Accept Google Wallet and Apple Pay NFC transactions and EMV chip cards on the go, or add it to your Square Stand to complete your countertop.

Tap and go

Contactless (NFC) payments take just seconds - customers simply hold their device near the reader to trigger payment.

Dip the chip

Insert chip cards into the reader and leave in place for the duration of the sale.

LED indicators

Indicate payment status, pairing readiness, battery charge, and other. Magstripe reader includedCard reader lets you accept credit card payments via headphone jack.

Credit card payments

Pay 2.75% per swipe, dip, or tap for Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.


Overall customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    BEWARE

    Posted
    KarenS

    Beware of this device! I have been using Square for years successfully (swiper unit plug in). I received this unit as a present, and was excited to try it out. I set it up at home, double checked that it was connected by bluetooth, and ran several successful practice charges. I took it to an art show this past weekend, and following the EXACT same instructions linked the reader to my phone via bluetooth. After inserting the customers card into the unit, after each and every sale my phone indicated "Transaction Complete". I returned to the square menu and checked that the proper amount was listed for each transaction. I had just short of $2000 in credit/debit card sales. 3 days later when no money had transferred into my banking account I called square. Seems the contactless and chip card reader wasn't properly synced with my phone (even though my phone indicated the reader WAS connected via bluetooth) and was not operating correctly. It didn't capture a single complete credit card number. Im not sure if this reader works properly without also purchasing the charging dock. Im not the first person this has happened to. According to Square they are not responsible and Im on my own. 10 of 40 customers requested electronic receipts. Square reached out to them . As of today I have heard from 1 of the 10. I wish I had never used this reader. It's fussy -- and it doesn't tell you when there is a problem with a transaction. I learned a hard lesson (which cost me just short of $2K. Never again.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Little Card Reader

    Posted
    Sheazee
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I love love love this card reader. Between the card reader, mobile apps (iOS and Android) it is the best of the 3 I've used. The contactless / chip reader is FAST and easy to use. I prefer it over any other hardware/software combo. We use the reader for merch lines that can sometimes be endless during a rush. This card reader and service helps us keep the line moving as there is usually no lag in the processing and the app is ready to go again as soon as the transaction is complete. Other card reader/apps make you jump through a bunch of screens to start a new transaction once the previous one is complete. Square gets it and with a great design. Thank you Square!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Square Reader works perfect..

    Posted
    ChevyBoy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    The 2.75 fees are high but everything works as advertised. I used it to sell miscellaneous goods (Craigslist, Let's Go) on a Friday and money was in the bank Monday. If you want your funds on the same day. You have to set up up a debit card and that's another 1% interest. If you add all interest to items being sold, it's still cheaper to the consumer than them going to a store and paying state or local taxes. This was a good purchase. Works great at flea markets, food stands..ect. Some reviews on websites claim they don't like the customer service. I really don't see why they need customer service. All chip or credit swipes show instant to the consumers debit or credit card. Make sure you have the latest update for the app and make sure your iPhone is updated.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Invaluable tool in the modern era

    Posted
    SethH
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I run a small vendor table about twice a year. Square gives me a point of sale system which is easy to use as well as inventory tracking. The Square contactless and chip reader allows me to be more modern than many brick and mortar stores taking chip cards, tap to pay as well as traditional swipe. Square associates e-mail addresses with CC numbers so that once someone has entered their information for a receipt, they can always get an e-mail receipt without having to re-enter information. I sometimes have to wake it up and there's no battery level indicator, but I'm managing despite those things.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sexy device but not perfect

    Posted
    PHC88
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I was a bit disappointed to discover that the contactless/chip Square reader does not have magnetic stripe reading capability built in. It came with a separate mag stripe reader (the old familiar Square reader that plugs into the headphone jack)—so if you're looking to have all credit card entry methods available, you'll be keeping track of two devices, not one. Another disappointment was to discover that while the chip reader works very nicely, it doesn't permit payment with a PIN. The buyer still has to sign on the touch screen... Not a big deal, but I thought the whole point of smart chips was to use PIN code as authentication...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Solid Point of Sale Gizmo

    Posted
    Wizard
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This is a solid Point of Sale gizmo for those who need to sell their goods and/or services while taking credit. Square has been an innovator in this industry and this reader is more proof, but the product needs some work. The package comes with a cable, the chip and NFC reader, as well as the separate swipe reader. The swipe reader is the same one they've had for years... but the chip & NFC reader (which works with both Android Pay and Apple Pay) is a solid looking and feeling gizmo. It looks and feels very much like a product made by Apple. The less than 5 star review is due to two issues: the iffy/inconsistent connectivity, and the super-easy-to-steal nature of this gizmo. Any bit of a delay seems to cause the bluetooth connection to be lost. I have an iPhone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast and Easy

    Posted
    KBTOYS11
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I bought 4 of these Square Readers for my company because we have employees that sell product at events. They were previously forced to only deal in cash which cost us potential sales and increases the risk of cash being lost or stolen. The square readers can swipe, accept Apple Pay or Android Pay, and even read chips so the transactions are secure and less likely to result in subsequent chargebacks. The reporting is great because it shows all sales by each card reader - and you can enter All sales, not just credit card transactions. Highly recommend this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great tool to accept all new payment methods

    Posted
    DBatson
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The Square contactless and chip card reader is a great device to allow clients to pay with their chip enabled card or, the even better way, with Apple Pay, Android Pay, etc. All NFC payment types are accepted. When customers see the ease of use, they are surprised. The only complaint I have is that the actual device is very lightweight. I think Square would bundle this (for the same price) with the stand. I really think the stand should come with this reader. It’s almost necessary to prop up the device and make it easier to slide cards in without picking the whole thing up to insert cards.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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