Now that the liability shift for accepting EMV cards has come and gone, Square has finally started mass shipping its new card reader. We got a chance to try it out. Main impressions? It is small, fast, and super easy.

This is an independent review. NOT a paid endorsement

The biggest problem I found with the new Square reader, is that it is US only at the moment. Which means it does not support chip and pin, just chip and signature. Hopefully this isn't a big deal as everything shifts to mobile payments (however slowly). Anytime I have the ability to pay using Apple Pay, I always do over using the chip reader.

Pros

  • Apple Pay
  • Android Pay
  • NFC
  • EMV
  • Included Magstrip reader
  • Fast
  • Rechargeable battery for on the go

Cons

  • No Chip and Pin support
  • Not free
  • No rubber base
  • Cord is short
  • No included power adapter