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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, the Square Register, the Square Terminal, and the Square Stand for Contactless and Chip

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

Complete Integration Square Register is an all-in-one product that is 100% built by Square and does not require a separate tablet. Square Register is fully integrated - hardware and software were built to work together.
Customer Display Square Register has a built-in detachable customer display to show your customers what’s being rung up in real time.
Network Options Square Register can be connected via Ethernet or Wifi while the Square Stand using an iPad must be connected via wifi.
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 3rd party apps or web access.
Use more peripherals Square Register has additional USB ports on its USB hardware hub (5 vs. 3 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

Complete Integration Square Terminal is an all-in-one product that is 100% built by Square and does not require a separate device. Square Terminal accepts all payment types and print receipts in one compact device.
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 3rd 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 Wifi while iPhones, iPads, Android phones, Android tablets devices must be connected via wifi.
Improved Security Software built specifically to run your point of sale keeps your device completely in Square’s ecosystem and does not allow 3rd party apps or web access.

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

Square Stand for Contactless and Chip

Square Stand

3rd Party Apps Square Stand for Contactless and Chip lets you use other apps on your POS, whereas Square Register is purpose-built for Square’s POS app and doesn’t run other apps.
Your own Device If you have an existing compatible iPad, you can purchase the Square Stand for $199.
Power Options Square Stand for Contactless and Chip can accept payment using the power from the iPad battery and Square Reader for contactless and chip battery, allowing you set up your Stand away from a power outlet.
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 No No Yes
Square Appointments No No Yes
Square Online Store No No Yes
Square for Restaurants No Limited Availability Yes

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