Our rating(4.5/5)
Square Terminal is a stylish payment terminal that can work without a connected till.
The latest cutting-edge card machine in the UK is Square Terminal. With this, you don’t need a connected tablet or computer – just the terminal is fine to manage your till point. Added bonus? Square’s simple pricing and no lock-in.
  • Highs: No monthly fees or commitment. Can purchase in instalments. Very user-friendly terminal.
  • Lows: On-terminal POS features not expandable. Doesn’t work with 3G/4G. Requires additional hub to connect with cash drawer.
  • Buy if: You want to save money and counter space by using one compact terminal as your main POS system.

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How Square Terminal works

The latest card machine by Square, the Terminal model, works as a standalone payment and POS terminal with software and receipt printer built in. It accepts chip and contactless cards (with a slot for foreign swipe cards), or you can key in card details manually for phone payments.

Accepted cards

VisaVisa ElectronV PayMastercardMaestroAmerican ExpressContactlessApple PayGoogle PaySamsung Pay

Contrary to traditional card machines, Square Terminal is more than just for card payments. You can, for example, accept gift cards and edit your product library on the terminal.

From start to completion of each transaction, you use the touchscreen to navigate POS functions, like you would in the Square Point of Sale app for Square Reader. Customers enter their PIN on the touchscreen too.

All transactions and activities on the terminal are connected to your backend Square account where you can access more features, ecommerce and integrations with additional tools.

The terminal needs to be connected to the internet via WiFi. Optionally, you can purchase a Hub for Square Terminal that allows you to connect via Ethernet cable. It does not work with 4G or other network connections the way your phone does.

Want a cheaper card machine? Learn more about Square Reader

Costs and payouts

A major upside to Square is their simple costs. You just pay for the terminal, then a fixed transaction rate for any debit and credit cards processed. There is no minimum sales volu