If you are into the Square line of products as a business owner, you have to get this NOW if you don’t have it. I am a banker by trade, and I cannot stress the importance of being able to accept the EMV/chip cards as a business owner. If you think it’s just some gimmick by banks or acquirers and processors to charge you more per swipe, you’re only partly correct. If you haven’t migrated to the ability to accept EMV/chip cards, you are at risk for being liable for fraudulent purchases made with an EMV/chip card if you use EMV/chip ICC fallback methods of swiping the card instead of using the chip. Save yourself the risk of eating chargebacks due to fraudulent charges and put this in your store, yesterday! If you go the Square route of processing cards, be sure to get the dock to accompany this device. My only gripe is that Square didn’t package this together the dock in the first place. Other than that, this device works flawlessly to accept EMV/chip cards and contactless payments.
The brand NEW addition to our TSP100 line, the TSP143III is twice as fast and includes a new easy setup technology for effortless connection to your tablet. That paired with the new de-curl function and “drop-in & print” paper loading makes the TSP143III the best POS printer on the market.
Star TSP100 Printer (USB Port / AutoCutter / Dark Gray). This printer has a Receipt Paper AutoCutter built in and is Compatible with the Square Stand Hardware USB hub! Each of our printers has been fu…
Beware. Despite the Q&A talking about using this cash drawer via USB with a Square Stand, it can NOT be used this way. This cash drawer has only an ethernet (?) connection allowing it to be connected with a Square Stand indirectly through a compatible printer.
Star Micronics CD3-1616 Tradition Cash Drawer, Printer Driven, 2 Media Slots, 5 Bill / 8 Coin Money Tray Insert (37965600), 16.1″ W x 16.4″ L x 4.4″ H, White Color, CD1 Epson/Star Cable Included (37964350), CD3-1616WT58-S2 – 37965590
One more critical thing, Square can handle transactions without Internet for up to 72 hrs, after that simply connect it to any Wifi and it will sync & batch all deposits automatically. It is simply not the case with all other terminals if your Internet is sporadic or unstable or lack bandwidth. VRX & Elavon m/c will reject the transaction in the middle of transaction and ask you to reset and cycle thru their initial power up programming, a major headache when there’s a line of impatient customers in front of you trying to pay and get back to work!
I own a restaurant and a beauty salon, Square (one flat fee of 2.75%) had solved a lot of problems for me. No more paper rolls or running out of paper during a transaction, no more chasing down a pen for customers to sign the receipt, no more worrying about missing a tip or doing batching/settlement at the end of day, and no more keeping rolls of receipts for potential customer dispute/charge back (by the way the ink on receipt fades after a week anyway, you won’t be able to read anything after that so keeping receipts is completely useless). Prior to Square I used Central Payment, they charged an all in fee around 2.78% (including statement fee, PCI compliant fee, anti fraud fee, and a host of other funny fees…). Then I switched to Elavon, which is promoted by Costco, the rate was pretty much the same around 2.75% for everything. So frustrated, I decided to do my own research instead of trying something new every time a credit card rep stops by my place to pitch “a lower/better rate”.
Drivers Available Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows® XP 32 Bit, Vista 32/64 Bit, Windows 7 32/64 Bit, Server 2008 32/64 Bit, XP Embedded, POSReady2009, OPOS™, JavaPOS™, USB Vendor Clss, CUPS, Mac, Mac OS X, Linux™, StarPRNT SDK with support for iOS and Android
To use the $49 Square Contactless + Chip Card Reader you must first download the free Square app for your phone or tablet and then pair your device to the reader via Bluetooth. I tested with a Moto X. Connecting the reader by Bluetooth results in the same functionality you with Square readers connected via the headphone jack of your phone. The whole transaction process occurs on the mobile app, and it’s thoroughly explained for beginners. Merchants can also take advantage of useful features such as item categorization and sales-history tracking. For more on the excellent Square app as a whole, including customer testimonials and a detailed overview of features, check out my full examination of the service, which is detailed in my review of the the $29 Square Chip Card Reader, another hardware option that is smaller but includes only magstripe and EMV functionality. More on EMV below.
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Combined with its powerful futurePRNT Windows software, users can enhance their printed receipts to add graphics (logos and coupons), print multiple copies, or use the text processing function to replace printed information or trigger a coupon, and much, much more. The TSP100III can also be used with Star Micronics AllReceipts™ digital receipt app, allowing shoppers to manage their receipts digitally, and retailers to receive instant feedback on customer satisfaction.
I recently opened business and I got an Android tablet to use with the Square POS system. Majority of Square POS systems, I’ve noticed are being used hand in hand with the Apple iPad. So I had to do quite a bit of research to find out which cash drawer and receipt printer was compatible with the Android. This cash drawer is great with an Android and can be used along with a USB receipt printer. The Star TSP 100 series in particular. It came with a pair of keys to use when one wants to open the drawer manually and also came with the appropriate cable necessary to connect with the USB receipt printer. For this cash drawer/receipt printer set up to be used with an Android, a USB on the go adapter is needed. I got the inateck card reader HUB.
Star Micronics CD3-1616 Tradition Cash Drawer, Printer Driven, 2 Media Slots, 5 Bill / 8 Coin Money Tray Insert (37965600), 16.1″ W x 16.4″ L x 4.4″ H, Black Color, CD1 Epson/Star Cable Included (37964350), CD3-1616BK58-S2 – 37965600
This thing works awesome, and there are tons of other reviews, so read those for more info. Only problem we have had is the stand has a hard time connecting to chip reader occasionally. When you open the program for the first time, there is like a 10% chance it won’t connect to chip reader. You have to quit app and restart. Gets old.
1- Star TSP143IIU. At 5.9″ per second, the TSP100ECO´s print speed is on par with other thermal receipt printers on the market, so you shoud see lines moving smoothly at your POS station. Star designe…
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futurePRNT Receipt Redesign Software Customize and brand receipts to keep customers coming back time and time again with professional graphics (logos, coupons, and merge images), word-triggered advertising, and MORE!
For increased longevity, the TSP100 features a print head rated with a 37 mile print-life, and the optional autocutter is rated at 1 million cuts, ensuring the Star TSP100 receipt printer will print excellently for many years.
I bought this as an upgrade to the square magstripe reader I had been using for a while. I was already familiar with the square app and functions, I just needed to integrate the new chip reader into my routine. I also purchased the charging dock based on reviews I read stating that the device turns off very often as a battery saving feature. The dock also seemed like it would improve overall ease of use.
Unfortunately, I found this out after the 30 day return policy on my purchase has passed. Also unfortunately, this seller (despite being very polite) was firm in refusing to let me exchange my purchase for a cash drawer I could actually use.
Generally customers don’t mind the extra charge because of the convenience of not wasting time in going to an ATM. And if they use credit card, at least 1% returns to them, so it will be more of 1.75% charge. Pretty small for products under $25.
Wall Mount Bracket, 58mm Paper Guide, 6ft Interface Cable, 6ft Power Cable, Power Switch Cover, Easy Setup Guide, Installation CD with Drivers and futurePRNT Receipt Design Softwarem Auto Reverse Text Output Software (Power Cable not included with PUSB versions)
Star Micronics TSP100 futurePRNT is a handy Thermal Point of Sale Printer delivering crisp and detailed black & white images and files. The 22 rpm printing speed provided by this model makes it easy to complete any printing jobs with efficiency. In addition, it is capable to network with various devices through a USB 2.0 connection.
No matter what hardware you decide to go with, on the software side, Square is our Editors’ Choice among services that offer credit card readers and point-of-sale solutions to your business. If you don’t think NFC is necessary, and don’t want to switch between two different devices, the Magstripe + Chip Card Reader might be the better pick. But if you want to handle the mobile payment and credit card options of the foreseeable future, spend a few more bucks and go with the Contactless + Chip Card Reader.
Meet your new reader’s count ER top Partner: the dock for Square Reader. Designed for the Square contact less and chip Reader, the dock keeps the Reader charged and in place for quick, seamless transactions. Simply plug it into Square stand for instant setup and charging. Do you sell with Square Reader instead of Square stand connect the dock to a USB wall charger to keep your Reader powered all day long.
The Star CD3-1616 Tradition cash drawer includes a durable ABS plastic cash till with 5 bill and 8 coin slots that provides the storage capacity needed for high cash volume with the connectivity options necessary in any sales environment.
If you plan to get a printer with your system, then stick with lower cost serial (not usb) based cash drawer and tie it into the printer instead, which also frees up one of the precious and limited usb ports on a square stand. This is important when you need a chip/nfc reader, printer, drawer, and scanner.
Accept every way your customers want to pay with the new Square Reader for contactless and chip—EMV chip cards, Apple Pay, Android Pay, other NFC payments, and magstripe cards. The reader connects wirelessly to iOS or Android devices with Bluetooth LE or with USB if you sell with the optional Square Stand. It works exclusively with the free Square Point of Sale app to take care of payments, tipping, inventory, reports, and more. Square Reader for contactless and chip comes with a free Square Reader for magstripe so you can swipe cards the old-fashioned way, too. Pay only 2.75% per swipe, dip, or tap for Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, with no surprise fees. Square sends deposits directly to your bank account in one to two business days—or you can enable Instant Deposit for 1% per deposit to get your money in seconds. Get a Dock for Square Reader to anchor the reader on your countertop and keep it charged all day. Square’s hardware is only approved for use in the country for which it is intended. For example, hardware sold or intended for sale in the United States is not approved for use in Australia, Canada, Japan, or the United Kingdom.
Accept magstripe cards – swipe the stripe. Use the built-in long track reader to swipe magstripe cards as long as your customers are carrying them. Simple pricing pay 2.75 percent per swipe, dip, or Tap for VISA, MasterCard, discover, and American express—no Surprise fees. Fast deposits Square sends deposits directly to your bank account in one to two business days—or you can enable instant deposit for 1 percent per deposit to get your money in seconds. Stylish, durable, and customer-friendly design the glossy white molded plastic exterior Plus metal skeleton interior is durable but stylish. The Square stand tilts and swivels for ideal viewing angles, allowing customers to Sign for purchases on your iPad. Square’s hardware is only approved for use in the country for which it is intended. For example, hardware sold or intended for sale in the United States is not approved for use in Australia, Canada, Japan, or the United Kingdom.
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I just received my stand last night and I have to say out of the box, SUPER easy to use. It comes with 2 different types of mounts, the usb hub to plug in external things like receipt printers and cash drawers and even a barcode scanner. A lot of reviews said the Air 2 didn’t fit properly, but mine fit perfectly and they even include a special screw to hold it in the stand. I tested it and even picked it up an jiggled it. The ipad stayed in place. I will definitely be adding a receipt printer and cash drawer for my craft shows. Anyone on the fence should definitely give this a try!
If you use ‘Square’ as your credit card acceptance service, the Square Stand takes you to the next level of professionalism. It is especially useful for your store location, or if you set up a kiosk for the day at a local event. The device itself is quite heavy in order to keep the unit stable while you use it and when the client signs it.
Former PCMag intern Jordan Minor is a senior editor at sister site, Geek.com, and really just wants to use his fancy Northwestern University journalism degree to write about video games. He’s previously written for Kotaku, The A.V. Club, Cards Against Humanity, and 148Apps. In his spare time, he also writes dumb screenplays that occasionally become… See Full Bio
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