You can avoid using a commercial tablet by purchasing Square Register, a stylish, grey touchscreen register that only works with Square’s EPOS. This comes with a little tablet card reader attached for the customer, which also acts as a customer-facing display.
If using Square Reader at a fixed till point, you should opt for the charging dock, which – apart from keeping the reader charged all day – makes the till look more professional.
Most Square accessories are only compatible with iPad (including Square Stand) or Square Register. If using a tablet, an iPad would therefore be a crucial investment in most cases, particularly if you want to use a mobile receipt printer, since none of those work with Android. If you’re using a USB-connecting printer, cash drawer or barcode scanner, you need Square Stand too (or Square Register) because it has a USB socket which iPad doesn’t.
The compatible hardware includes cash drawers, receipt printers, heat-resistant kitchen printers and barcode scanners. You can connect a keyboard via Bluetooth if using iPad. To open the cash drawer automatically, it must be connected to a compatible printer.
Note that the Square Point of Sale app only works with a tablet or mobile device. You cannot use a computer, whether Mac or PC, as your checkout screen, although the backend Dashboard functions can be accessed from any web browser.