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PDQ machines that make every payment count

If you’re in the business of selling in 2021, chances are you’ve been asked if you accept card payments. And if you haven’t, now’s the time to future-proof your business. With our range of PDQ machines, you can offer your customers simple, secure and hassle-free payments.

What is a PDQ machine?

PDQ machine, card machine, card reader, card terminal – they’re all names for the device that gets you paid in person securely. PDQ is just an acronym for ‘process data quickly’ and it was used initially to describe the technology behind the first card machines back in 1980. 

Now it’s more common for businesses to refer to their payment devices as card readers or card machines. But whatever the name, they all serve the same purpose – to let your customers pay quickly and easily, without searching for an ATM.

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Choose a PDQ machine that works for you

Want to streamline your payments to make them affordable, effortless and effective? Check out our range of portable, mobile and countertop PDQ machines.


Take payments around your shop or at your tables

  • Uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Light and easy to carry


Take payments even if you don't have a Wi-Fi connection

  • Works over 3G/4G and Wi-Fi
  • One charge lasts all day
  • Lightweight yet tough


Take face-to-face payments at the till

  • Works with Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi
  • Fast receipt printing
  • Simple to set up and use


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Which PDQ machine is right for me?

It’s important to choose a card machine that works for your business needs – whether that’s taking payments at the table from your diners in your restaurant, pub or cafe, or from shoppers at the counter of your convenience store. 

Portable PDQ machines – No cables. No-fuss.Working the tables? Portable card machines are ideal for getting you paid around your premises. Your PDQ machine can connect to your Wi-Fi so you can take payments to your customers. These card machines are ideal for restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars and anyone that needs handheld payments. 

Mobile PDQ machines – Get paid anytime, anywhere. Don’t be restricted by wires or Wi-Fi. Mobile PDQ machines are the perfect solution for businesses that need to get paid on the road or up and down the country. Whether that’s fixing faulty boilers or selling artisan coffee, you’re no longer bound by cash or cables. 

Countertop PDQ machines – Countertop payments for secure till-side transactions. They connect to an Ethernet cable for a speedy broadband connection – ideal for retailers that need reliable payments in one fixed place.

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Setting up your PDQ machine is as easy as 1, 2, 3

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Get your free, no-obligation quote

Tell us a bit about you and we’ll quote you based on your business needs.

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Get set up in 3 days

We’ll get you up and running quickly so your customers will be tapping and swiping in a flash.

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Get paid next working day

We transfer your takings to your bank account the next working day.

Need help choosing a PDQ machine?

Our friendly team can help you choose the best PDQ card machine for your business.

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Can I accept contactless payments on a PDQ machine?

All our PDQ machines come ready to accept contactless credit and debit cards from the get-go – there’s nothing to do on your side. Contactless payments also include Apple, Google, and Samsung Pay, so customers can also pay on their smart devices.

You can have your contactless PDQ machine set up within just 3 days ready for your customers to tap and go. 

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Why choose Paymentsense?

Here’s why more than 70,000 small business owners like you use Paymentsense.

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Free to set up

With no set up costs, low monthly rental and transaction rates based on how much you take in card payments, we could save you money.

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Plug in and go

We know time is money, so we never waste yours. You’ll get your PDQ machine in 3 days – just plug it in and you’re off.

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24/7 tech support

Our award-winning tech support team is available 24/7. They’re a friendly bunch whose mission is to make things easy for you.

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Integrated payments let your PDQ machine and till talk to each other for faster cashing up. And we include it in the price.

Why wait? Take card payments in just 3 days

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Once you’ve decided which PDQ machine is best for you, follow the following steps, and we’ll get you accepting card payments in no time:

  1. Get your free online quote by filling out this short form
  2. We’ll give you a call to explain all of the options and pricing available for your business needs
  3. Once your contract is approved, you could be set up and running, taking cards within just 3 days of sign up

You can accept all major credit and debit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, American Express and the Discover Global Network, including Diners Club cards.

With fewer people carrying around cash, accepting card payments means letting your customers pay how they want to. It’s reported that the number of people in the UK living a ‘cashless’ life has almost doubled since 2019, going from 7.4 million to 13.7 million

Deciding which PDQ machine is for you is easy if you know how you’ll be using it. If you’re only taking fixed till-side payments from one spot, then you may want a countertop card machine that uses an Ethernet cable and a broadband connection. 

If you’re a restaurant, cafe, bar or beautician, you may prefer to take your PDQ machines to your guests to improve their customer experience. In this case, you’ll want a portable card machine that connects to your Wi-Fi connection.

Need to take payments outside of your usual business premises? On the road in your taxi? Or in different pop-up locations across the country selling your wares? Don’t be restricted by a lack of Wi-Fi. Connect to 4G, and you’ll have a completely mobile card machine.