Point-of-sale machines: you donât really think about them, do you? Theyâre just the little computers you use to key in your credit card PIN when you buy some fast food, or load up on groceries. For the most part, theyâre drab, unremarkable pieces of technology.
Squareâs new point-of-sale machine, the Square Register, bucks that trend. Itâs looks a bit like an iMac, and allows brick-and-mortar businesses to accept credit card payments securely. It also has a ridiculously overstated trailer. Check it out.
Iâve long been a fan of Square â not least because itâs allowed me to pretty much never carry cash, at least when it comes to traveling within the US. Its product design is on-point, and itâs created some genuinely gorgeous hardware. Continuing this tradition, obviously, is the Square Register.
Square has quietly road-tested the Square Register with a handful of Ben and Jerryâs locations, plus other hospitality chains, including Goa Taco, Cafe Grumpy, The Monster Cycle, Best Beverage Catering, and Drakeâs (the clothes shop, not the Canadian R&B icon).
The Square Register supports Wi-Fi, Ethernet, plus an offline mode. Software updates are performed automatically. It also includes a 5-port USB hub to attach peripherals, and supports contactless, mag-stripe, and âdippedâ card payments.
Arguably though, the biggest selling point is that itâs âall-in-one.â Thereâs no need to pick up any third-party hardware, and it comes with Squareâs software baked in. .
The device is available now and costs $999. Alternatively, businesses can pick one up on finance for $49 a month over 24 months. For processing card payments company charges 2.5 percent, plus 10Â¢ per transaction. That high cost (the iPad stand and card reader combo costs $169, for context) means it wonât likely acquire much of a penetration, which is a shame, because it really is a lovely-looking device