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Compare Square Register, Terminal, and Stand

In addition to our suite of Square Readers, we offer three countertop point of sale solutions, Square Register, Square Terminal, and Square Stand.

Here are some important things to know about all of our countertop options:

  • They’re not linked to any specific Square point of sale account or bank account.

  • They can be shared among multiple Square accounts or locations.

  • They don’t store specific account holder or buyer information. If your hardware is lost or stolen, you can rest assured that your account information is stored safely and securely on our servers.

Square Register

Square Register

Square Register is an all-in-one product that is 100% built by Square and does not require a separate device, such as an iPad or tablet. Square Register is fully integrated — hardware and software built to work together.

  • Customer Display: Square Register has a built-in or detachable customer display to show your customers what’s being rung up in real-time. Detaching the customer display minimizes contact to help protect you and your staff.

  • Network Options: Square Register can be connected via Ethernet or Wi-Fi while the Square Stand using an iPad must be connected via Wi-Fi.

  • Faster checkout: Speed up your line with a larger seller screen, dedicated customer display with integrated payments, and faster EMV transactions.

  • Improved Security: Software built specifically to run your point of sale keeps your device completely on the Square System and does not allow third-party apps or web access.

  • Use more peripherals: Square Register has additional USB ports on its USB hardware hub (five vs. three on Square Stand) plus support for Ethernet and USB keyboard.

Keep in mind, Square Register does not support Bluetooth accessories at this time.

Square Terminal

Square Terminal

Square Terminal is an all-in-one standalone product that is 100% built by Square and does not require a separate device. Square Terminal accepts all payment types and prints receipts in one compact device.

  • Complete Integration: You can wirelessly connect Square Terminal with Square Point of Sale to a compatible iPad, tablet or phone for in-person payments, making payments easier than ever before. You can also connect Square Terminal with Virtual Terminal on your computer or laptop for in-person or remote payments.

  • Fast Processing Speed: Square Terminal can process chip cards in just two seconds to keep your line moving. Never miss a sale because of slow transactions.

  • Durable and Strong: Sell confidently knowing Terminal has ultra-durable construction, including Gorilla glass.

  • Improved Security: Software built specifically to run your point of sale keeps your device completely on the Square System and does not allow third-party apps or web access.

  • Powerful Battery: Ditch the messy cords and sell all day with a battery designed to last from open to close.

  • Network Options: Square Terminal can be connected via Ethernet or Wi-Fi with the purchase of Hub for Square Terminal, while compatible iPhones, iPads, Android phones, Android tablets devices must be connected via Wi-Fi.

  • Improved Security: Software built specifically to run your point of sale keeps your device completely in Square’s ecosystem and does not allow third-party apps or web access.

Keep in mind, Square Terminal does not support Bluetooth accessories at this time.

Square Stand

Square Stand Mount left, Square Stand (2nd generation) right.

Square Stand is a powerful iPad point of sale with an intuitive, customer-driven checkout and integrated payments — no extra readers required. Square Stand is available as a countertop point of sale as well as a versatile Square Stand Mount, which can be easily attached to a wall, rested on a countertop, or or fixed to a VESA-compatible pedestal anywhere in your store. Learn more about comparing the Square Stand and Square Stand Mount.

  • Use your own device: If you have an existing compatible iPad, you can purchase the Square Stand for $149. If you do not have a compatible iPad, you can purchase the Square Stand with iPad included for $478.

  • Power Options: Plug Square Stand into a power outlet to accept payments while charging your iPad. Stand must be powered at all times to take payments and utilize USB accessories.

  • Customer Display: Square Stand swivels 180 degrees so that your iPad doubles as a customer display. An intuitive checkout mode lets your customer review a checkout summary before guiding them through payment, tipping, and receipt selection.

  • Network Options: Square Stand must be connected via Wi-Fi or cellular signal via your iPad.

  • Faster checkout: Built-in integrated payments such as chip reader (EMV), and contactless payments such as tap cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay (NFC).

  • Accessories: Square Stand comes with a USB hub so you can easily connect Square Stand hardware accessories like a cash drawer, printer, or barcode scanner. You can also connect to bluetooth printers and scanners using your iPad, as well as network (ethernet) printers over your iPad’s WiFi connection.

  • 3rd party apps: As an iPad POS, it also lets you use your third-party apps on your iPad in addition to Square apps.

Available in Retail Stores
If you need hardware right away, you can purchase a Square Stand from one of our retail partners.

Square Apps

  Square Register Square Terminal Square Stand
Square Point of Sale Yes Yes Yes
Square for Retail Yes No Yes
Square Appointments Yes No Yes
Square Online Yes No Yes
Square for Restaurants Limited Availability Yes Yes

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