Unless proven otherwise, I agree.  And in my business, giving a client a receipt on what amounts to a piece of adding machine paper is unprofessional.  I should be able to use any printer that is compatible with the iPad, not just the uni-tasker receipt printers.
POS printers often include display screens that allow customers to view items as employees scan or manually enter them for the transaction. This simple display helps purchasers verify pricing and review tax information at a glance, ensuring they receive the advertised prices.
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But my point is that an adding machine paper-receipt looks unprofessional in some businesses.  An inexpensive ink jet or better, a multitasking network office printer that is already in use would make a LOT more sense for me.  I’m sure they are robust and work fine, they just don’t suit my business and I don’t like being so limited in the TYPE of printer I can use.
Fonts Included: Character Size: Font A: 12 × 24 Font B: 9 × 17 Font C: 9 × 24 KOR, CHN, JPN: 24 x 24 Characters Per Line: Font A: 42 Font B, C: 56 KOR, CHN, JPN: 21 Character Sets: Alphanumeric: 95 Extended Graphics: 128 × 37 page International: 32 Graphics: Supporting user-defined fonts, graphics, formats, and logos
Fonts Included: Character Size: Font A: 12 × 24 Font B: 9 × 17 Font C: 9 × 24 KOR, CHN, JPN: 24 x 24 Characters Per Line: Font A: 42 Font B, C: 56 KOR, CHN, JPN: 21 Character Sets: Alphanumeric: 95 Extended Graphics: 128 × 37 page International: 32
The STAR MICRONICS TSP654IIBI is fast and easy to configure. It is Apple MFi certified. It has auto connect and so it will connect to your iPad automatically. If you want to setup your receipt printer fast, this may be one of the best options. There is no serial cable, ethernet cable or USB connection. That seems like a positive benefit. If you move around a lot or you don’t want to mess with cables the STAR MICRONICS TSP654IIBI may be want you want.
The Epson TM-T88V is the standard bearer for excellence in thermal receipt printing. One of the fastest printers on the market, the TM-T88V can handle high volume grocery and retail printing with ease. Energy star compliance and paper saving functions minimize your ecological impact and help improve your return on investment.
1 x 58mm Paper Roll. 1 x Thermal Printer. Printer Character: GB one/two Chinese character 24 24 dots, Support Taiwan,Hong kong traditional. Interface: USB Port. Low noise and high-speed printing. Plug…
Modern POS printers often feature speeds measured in inches per second, and these high-quality versions provide fast operation. They may also bear an indication of the mean time between failures, letting you know just how long you can expect the printer to provide excellent service and continued operation. These MTBF ratings can easily range into the hundreds of thousands of hours between service calls, delivering exceptional reliability.
Great product and great company to work with. I at first ordered the TSP143U which is a USB Printer to work with a Tablet to set up a POS system at my business. Once I got it, I realized that if I had the printer plugged into the tablet there was no additional port to then charge the tablet. I contacted the company and they gladly accepted my return and let me reorder this LAN Printer. I highly recommend this vendor and their product.
With so many receipt printers on the market, it’s hard to know which one will support your software while giving you the best return on your investment. Thankfully, we have researched and reviewed these printers, testing them against software packages, and have determined that these are the best receipt printers in their class. From impact printing for kitchens and dry cleaners, to fast retail receipt printers for customer checkout, these printers will give you the best experience at your business.
Hi @McNabbGames — I went ahead and combined your thread with another seller’s who had a similar question. I can assure you that we’re always looking into more affordable hardware options for our sellers. As for the technical explanation, from my limited understanding (I’m not an engineer), each printer manufacturer has a specific driver for their hardware, and since manufacturers don’t build printer drivers for Square Register, we would have to build one for each printer model – which is something we don’t have the bandwidth to do. 
The printer that Square supports is one of the largest used brands in the receipt printer market.  They are not getting kickbacks on printers as the printers are sold by hundreds of places including Amazon, and the buyer doesn’t know you are buying it to print with Square as the printer is also used by 100s of other POS systems. More printer options would always be better, but as this is one of the industry standard printers it only makes sense they support it.
There are many benefits to having a receipt printer in your Restaurant, Retail, Grocery, or Hotel. Receipt Printers offer you the ability to market directly to your customer and keep them coming back with promotions. Whether you need a desktop, mobile, or kiosk based printer, we have a model to meet the demands of any business. We also carry receipt printers that are compatible with your Apple or Android devices.
Every impact-based printer uses a ribbon to create receipts. These ribbons come in cartridge that fits into your specific printer. Many ribbons are available in black, purple, red, or a combination of black and red. Whatever the model, our wide selection of ribbons has one that fits your printer.
Be sure the printer and the iPad are connected to the same network. To confirm this or change your Wi-Fi network, go to the iPad’s Settings and tap “Wi-Fi” located in the left sidebar. Then select the network that the router is broadcasting and click “Connect”.
Fonts Included: Font A: (default): 12 x 24 Font B: 9 x 17 (including 2-dot horizontal spacing) Column Capacity 80.00 mm: 42/56 columns 58.00 mm model: 30/40 columns Character Size Font A: 1.41″ x 3.39″ Font B: 0.99 x 2.40 (W x H mm) Character Set 95 Alphanumeric, 18 International, 128 x 43 Graphic (including user-defined page) Traditional / Simple Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Korean
To create your own bar codes and labels, you’ll need to use a third-party application. At the moment, we don’t support bar code and label printers and can’t guarantee compatibility, but many customers have success using the DYMO Label Writer 450 and labels with Square.
Impact printers only print order tickets for a kitchen. They’re not affected by heat and can withstand warm environments. They require heat-sensitive paper and won’t work with non-thermal, receipt printer paper. 
Fonts Included: Character Size: Font A: 12 × 24 Font B: 9 × 17 Font C: 9 × 24 KOR, CHN, JPN: 24 x 24 Characters Per Line: Font A: 42 Font B, C: 56 KOR, CHN, JPN: 21 Character Sets: Alphanumeric: 95 Extended Graphics: 128 × 37 page International: 32 Graphics: Supporting user-defined fonts, graphics, formats, and logo
The Star Micronics TSP143IIILAN works with Square Payments. Star Micronics is a well known manufacturer of receipt printers. They make many different models. You connect to a Square iPad stand with a USB cable. This receipt printer uses 80 mm width or 3 1/8 inch width thermal paper for the receipts. There is a roll of paper that ships with the receipt printer. An auto cutter mechanism cuts the receipt paper for you when you make a sale.
I had a issue with the printer not turning on due to a malfunctioning square pos stand from square up. I spent about 3 hours on it , I called the customer service and a nice guy was able to guide me thru. It turns out the iPad air needed a software update to a iOS 11 beta 2 in order to work and connect. He helped me out on the products I didn’t even buy from him. He even directed me to a link to exchange my square pos stand. If you ever had to work squareup customer service you would know how lengthy and tedious it can get. He was able to help me bypass a lot of the complication and the product I brought was just the cash drawer and printer and it was in great and working condition. After I got my iPad air updated and pos stand exchanged everything connected and works perfectly now! This saves me over a thousand dollars!! I am so happy with my result I reorder another one from them!
Fonts Included: Font Size: 5 x 9 / 7 x 9 Character Size: 1.20 (W) x 2.42 (H) / 1.50 (W) x 2.42 (H) mm Character Set: 95 Alphanumeric, 32 International Code Pages: 40 Character Per Inch: 16.90″ / 14.10″
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POS printers and accessories allow you to enhance the functionality of your existing point-of-sale hardware. These devices add the ability to display pricing to your customers or create a printed receipt for each transaction. This promotes solid customer service experiences.
Character Set: 95 Alphanumeric, 18 set International, 128 × 43Graphic. Barcode: UPC-A, UPC-E, JAN13 (EAN13),JAN8 (EAN), CODE39, ITF, CODABAR (NW-7),CODE93, CODE128, GS1-128, GS1 DataBar. Twodimensionalcode: PDF417, QRCode, MaxiCode, 2DGS1 DataBar, Composite Symbology
Highest marks on the TSP100III because of the multi-platform adoption and performance. This printer works with Windows, does Star and Epson emulations (set in driver), but the ethernet version is the most commonly used printer with iOS point of sale applications (Star, Shopkeep, Aldelo Touch). Along with it’s 10+ ips print speed it is a great overall printer that will fit most point of sale printing needs.
The TM-T20II offers the same affordability as the ReadyPrint T20, but with faster printing. If you have a clothing boutique, small to medium-sized retail establishment, or sit down restaurant, this is a great option. Featuring Epson’s award winning build quality, the TM-T20II will provide many years of reliable service.
Acts as a regular printer, you install it, and print whatever you want to it and it automatically scales it down to the margin on the printer paper and done deal(No need to go around playing with settings) NOTE: CHROME STILL LIKES TO USE 2 MILES OF THE PAPER SO I DONT KNOW ABOUT CHROME AS MY POS FRONT END. I USE FIREFOX OR OPERA)
Fonts Included: Font Size: 5 x 9 / 7 x 9 Character Size: 1.20 (W) x 2.42 (H) / 1.50 (W) x 2.42 (H) mm Character Set: 95 Alphanumeric, 32 International Code Pages: 40 Character Per Inch (CPI): 16.9 / 14.1
A printer-driven cash drawer must be connected to an receipt printer to open automatically. Otherwise you’ll need to manually open the drawer using the cash drawer key. A USB cash drawer (requires Square Stand) will open automatically when connected.
* All credit sale plans are issued by Square, Inc. Plans are not available to merchants located in AL, DE, MS, MO, NH, and TN. The individual authorized to act on behalf of the business must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and at least 18 years old. Valid U.S. bank account and Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number are required. Plans may be selected from 3-, 6-, 12-, or 24-month terms and are based on the financing amount requested. The finance charge amount and installment payment amounts will depend on the repayment term selected. Sales tax, where applicable, cannot be financed and will be due upon acceptance of contract. The final payment will be equal to or less than the regular monthly payment. All plans are subject to approval based on credit and other factors.
The Star Micronics SM-S230i is light weight at only 7.7 ounces. It is small and easy to carry around. If you’re someone who sell at a farmers market, craft fair or some other place where mobility is very important, the Star Micronics SM-S230i may be what you need. It uses thermal paper and connects to your iPhone, iPad with bluetooth or USB. ​Here is the user manual for the Star Micronics SM-S230i.
You don’t need to screw around with the extra settings, just turn on the cash drawer before/After print and be done. All of that coupon set up, barcode stuff on there is good but is best to use within your software development for better control but it too is useful. I use code 3-9 and scanner picks it right up for my transaction numbers. Now you do have programming options to setup the cutter and all of that but for those needing something fo there store on a quick, serve my customers base, this is by far the best and a heck of a lot cheaper that the t88 models by which I don’t see any difference by any means
It is a simple process all I can think is that square gets a percentage of royalties from their supported printer sales and thats why they are locking everything down to these ridiculously overpriced pieces of equipment. 
The STAR MICRONICS SM-T300I is also a light weight receipt printer. But it’s very durable and rugged. It’s also Apple MFi certified for iOS phone and iPads. It also works with Android and Windows. It’s been tested to take a little bit of beating and is used by people who are outside a lot. Having said that the price is higher than other printers. If you need something rugged, this device may be the one for you. But if you don’t. You will want to look at something else as this device can get expensive. The SM-T300i is easy to use. There is a well written and very detailed user manual. The user manual gives details on how to configure the receipt printer and how to load paper. Here is a link to the Star Micronics SM-T300i User Manual.

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