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Square Credit Card Reader Review: Taking A Closer Look At Square Contactless & Chip and Magstripe Readers

The Square Reader is an affordable, entry-level choice that comes packed with value for small business credit card processing needs.

    Matt Sherman
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Matt Sherman

Matt Sherman

Expert Analyst & Reviewer at Merchant Maverick
Matt has been helping small businesses make decisions since 2017. He has written reviews and articles across many different channels but specializes in the point of sale, payroll, and small business insurance categories and has been quoted in articles for Fox Business, Forbes, and other publications. Prior to joining Merchant Maverick, Matt was a journalist and editor for 14 years for a pair of weekly newspapers. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and currently resides in Gladstone, Oregon.
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    Amory

    I’ve been a customer using Square Reader but have always felt uncomfortable when the vendor say “go ahead and tap” when I have no idea what they are charging me. Is there a way the customer can see what the charge is?

    This comment refers to an earlier version of this review and may be outdated.

    Jessica Dinsmore

    Hi Amory,

    The reader reviewed in this article doesn’t have a customer-facing display, so asking to see the merchant’s phone or tablet is the only option for confirming the amount and selecting a tip amount. Square Terminal, on the other hand, has a full-size customer-facing display and is much more convenient to use. So, moving forward… when in doubt, ask to see the screen. Hope that helps, and thanks for stopping by!

    This comment refers to an earlier version of this review and may be outdated.

    Cal

    “I was able to determine that the battery was about 2/3 to 3/4 full ”

    How do you find the battery status?

    This comment refers to an earlier version of this review and may be outdated.

    Jessica Dinsmore

    Hi Cal,

    Great question! The lights on the reader are also battery status indicators: 4 dots is fully charged, 3 dots is 75% charged, 2 dots if 50% charged. Hope that clears things up for you.

    This comment refers to an earlier version of this review and may be outdated.

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