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Square Terminal Review

Square's handheld POS is an all-in-one wireless credit card machine, POS system, and receipt printer that makes it easy to accept payments with Square.

    Matt Sherman
  • Last updated onUpdated

  • Shannon Vissers
  • REVIEWED BY

    Shannon Vissers

    Lead Staff Writer: Payment Processing

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Square Terminal

Total Rating 4.7
Pricing4.6

Ease Of Use4.7

Features4.8

Customer Service4.7

User Reviews4.7

Square Terminal At A Glance

  • Square is a giant in payment processing and point of sale
  • Square Terminal fills the gap between the Square Stand and Square Register in terms of mobile card readers, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) plans, and countertop POS systems
  • Square Terminal’s small profile (and small screen) means it’s not a true replacement for the Square Stand

Matt Sherman

Matt Sherman

Lead Staff Writer 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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POS Hardware & Mobile Credit Card Reader Rating Methodology

We spend hours researching and evaluating each POS hardware and mobile payments device that we review at Merchant Maverick, placing special emphasis on key characteristics to generate our product ratings.

When rating POS hardware (which might include registers, mobile card readers, and other similar devices), we use a 38-point rubric that looks at pricing, ease of use, features, customer service, and user reviews. We weigh each section differently to calculate the total star rating.

  • Pricing: 40% of the total star rating
  • Ease of Use: 20% of the total star rating
  • Features: 25% of the total star rating
  • Customer Service: 10% of the total star rating
  • User Reviews: 5% of the total star rating

Each section is further broken down into granular, weighted subsections, in which we look at specific attributes, like whether reduced fees are available for multiple terminals, which payment processing options are available, and how well the hardware integrates with POS or payment processing software apps. We’re also paying careful attention to hardware’s relative cost, any associated fees, and whether financing is available, among other things.

Learn more about how we rate POS hardware.




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Square Terminal


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After hours of in-depth research and evaluation, we can confidently recommend this brand to our readers. Get started today and see Square Terminal for yourself.

The Merchant Maverick Seal of Approval 🏆

Square Terminal


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After hours of in-depth research and evaluation, we can confidently recommend this brand to our readers. Get started today and see Square Terminal for yourself.