Introduction

Three terminal manufacturers (Ingenico, Verifone and Spire) dominate the UK terminal market and almost every supplier provides terminals from one of these manufacturers. We’ve pulled together a comparison of their most popular models – if you have or want a terminal, chances are it will be one of these models, no matter where you go.

Counter Top Terminals

Usually positioned your counter next to the till. Used in environments where it is not necessary to move the terminal and customers are served “at the till”, eg: retail environments. Connectivity via a phone line or ethernet connection

t4220Spire T4220 spc50Spire SPc50 ict220Ingenico iCT220 ict250Ingenico iCT250 vx520Verifone VX520
Contactless
Connectivity
Dial up
Ethernet
Bluetooth
WiFi
GRPS / GSM
Screen
Colour
Resolution 160 x 80 320 x 240 128 x 64 320 x 240 128 x 64
Footprint
Weight (g) 480 475 325 325 500
Dimensions – w,l,h (mm) 91 x 206 x 58 89 x 211 x 78 83 x 185 x 63 83 x 185 x 63 78 x 203 x 87
Performance
Print speed (lines per second) > 15 24 18 18 24
Processor 32 bit ARM9 32 bit ARM9 32 bit ARM9 32 bit ARM9 32 bit ARM9
Memory (MB) 24 96 32 144 160
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Portable Terminals

Moveable terminal which can operate within a bluetooth/wifi range of a base station/cradle (which comes as standard with the terminal). i.e. can be used anywhere within a typical premises. Usually used in hospitality – restaurants, bars, entertainment venues.

m4240Spire M4240 spw60Spire SPw60 iwl222Ingenico iWL222 iwl252Ingenico iWL252 vx680Verifone VX680
Contactless
Connectivity
Dial up
Ethernet
Bluetooth
WiFi
GPRS / GSM
Screen
Colour
Resolution 160 x 80 320 x 240 128 x 64 320 x 240 320 x 240
Footprint
Weight (g) 590 550 285 285 481
Dimensions – w,l,h (mm) 91 x 206 x 58 82 x 180 x 61 78 x 165 x 54 78 x 165 x 54 82 x 172 x 62
Performance
Print speed (lines per second) > 15 30 30 30 18
Processor 32 bit ARM9 32 bit ARM9 32 bit ARM9 32 bit ARM9 32 bit ARM11
Memory (MB) 24 96 32 160 192
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Mobile Terminals

Uses the mobile telephony network so can be used anywhere that you can get a mobile signal (GPRS or GSM), but has same limitations as a mobile phone re signal quality. Almost all models come with a roaming SIM card to utilise the best network signal available. Typically used where payment is taken off premises, e.g. tradesmen.

m4230Spire M4230 spw70Spire SPw70 iwl221Ingenico iWL221 iwl252Ingenico iWL251 x765Verifone VX675
Contactless
Connectivity
Dial up
Ethernet
Bluetooth
WiFi
GPRS / GSM
Screen
Colour
Resolution 160 x 80 320 x 240 128 x 64 320 x 240 320 x 240
Footprint
Weight (g) 600 550 285 285 336
Dimensions – w,l,h (mm) 92 x 209 x 66 82 x 180 x 61 78 x 165 x 54 78 x 165 x 54 78 x 163 x 52
Performance
Print speed (lines per second) > 15 30 30 30 30
Processor 32 bit ARM9 32 bit ARM9 32 bit ARM9 32 bit ARM9 32 bit ARM11
Memory (MB) 24 96 32 160 192
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