Battery good for 100 transactions
Like other mPOS readers, iZettle Pro Contactless needs a compatible phone or tablet to connect to for processing payments. It uses Bluetooth to achieve this, giving it a wireless range of approximately ten metres. A slight drawback of this method is that Bluetooth drains battery faster than using cable. The Pro model can handle approximately 100 transactions with one charge, whereas the cable-wielding Lite model can process twice that amount. Charging the Pro reader is simple with a standard USB cable, and takes around 1.5 hours.
The Pro Contactless OLED display is a step up from the old iZettle Pro reader with a viewing area of 3.5 cm x 2 cm with 128 x 64 pixels. It provides crisp text with a wide reading angle and easy reading in low light. It is light at 118 grams, and the look and feel give an overall more upgraded impression compared to the old iZettle Pro reader.
All told, with one of the first mPOS solutions in the UK to support NFC and contactless payments, iZettle gives small merchants the ability to be on the forefront accepting new payment methods without great investments or infrastructure. At £59 + VAT, the new reader is slightly more expensive than non-contactless models offered by competitors, but for most merchants, being able to accept emerging payment methods should justify the price.