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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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Date Established
2009
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San Francisco, California
Matt Sherman

Matt Sherman

Expert Analyst & Reviewer at Merchant Maverick
A former sports editor and journalist, Matt Sherman has been writing about and researching small business software since 2015, with a special emphasis on retail and restaurant sales. Matt's expert opinions are cited in various industry publications, including Fox Business. He is a graduate of the University of 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      This comment refers to an earlier version of this review and may be outdated.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        This comment refers to an earlier version of this review and may be outdated.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          This comment refers to an earlier version of this review and may be outdated.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            This comment refers to an earlier version of this review and may be outdated.

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