Hardware & Accessory Reviews

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Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2021 by Scott Davert

In January of 2018, I reviewed the original Orbit Reader 20 From Orbit Research. It was “intended primarily as a braille display for reading braille files and for connecting to external devices. With a much lower price point than other 20-cell displays, the Orbit Reader 20 does not have onboard translation options, Cursor Routing Buttons or many of the other features found in braille devices that cost thousands of dollars more.” Fast…

7 comments : last update or comment 3 months ago
Posted on Monday, August 30, 2021 by WellF


I bought this on Mercado Livre for R$212. Quite expensive for a bathroom scale, but I was looking for something I could use without sighted help and this Xiaomi model seemed like a good bet. Other smart scales cost the double or even more.


It came faster than I thought it would, well packed. There were no issues on this matter.


I had some minor difficulties with the Mi Fit…

4 comments : last update or comment 4 months 4 weeks ago
Posted on Monday, August 30, 2021 by Scott Davert

I previously reviewedthe Brailliant BI 40X. In that evaluation, I mentioned there was a 20-cell model as well. Unlike when I reviewed the Focus Blue Fifth Generation displays, which are the same display other than the amount of cells, the two models of Brailliants sport some differences. Physical differences aside, the software functions the same. This includes how these…

0 comments : last update or comment 4 months 2 weeks ago
Posted on Monday, August 30, 2021 by Scott Davert

The following review is an adapted version of this evaluation to suit the AppleVis website. It was originally written in April 2021. You can read the full review on the Technology, Research and Innovation Center's web page. This expanded evaluation includes a comprehensive review of the internal applications and how well the Brailliant BI 40X works with other screen readers not within the Apple ecosystem.


4 comments : last update or comment 3 months 2 weeks ago
Posted on Saturday, August 28, 2021 by Andrzej

I am severely visually impaired and as such my vision varies depending on the light conditions around me. When the light is in my favour, I cannot see anything below nose level for around 20 feet and my peripheral vision starts at around 10 feet. I also suffer with disability glare.

I came across the Sunu band review, by accident, on the Blind Life YouTube channel. I then looked at other reviews of the Sunu band before deciding to buy one.

The Sunu band is intended to be used…

3 comments : last update or comment 3 months ago
Posted on Sunday, July 11, 2021 by Moopie Curran

I was in search of a pair of Bluetooth earbuds which were noise cancelling, and had multi point capabilities. For those of you who aren't geeks like me, multi point is the ability to be simultaneously connected to two Bluetooth devices at a time. For example, my iPhone and my android media player, but that's neither here nor there. Anyway, upon recommendation from an AppleVis member, I decided to buy the jabra elite 85t's. At the time, when I first sought recommendations for…

5 comments : last update or comment 3 months 2 weeks ago
Posted on Sunday, May 16, 2021 by tunmi13

The midiPlus AKM320 is a cheap, small, and compact USB MIDI keyboard that fits on a table or in your lap.
• 32 velocity-sensitive keys
• Pitch and modjulation wheel
• Volume slider.
• Octave and transpose buttons up and down.
• Sustain pedal input.
• Works with iOS via camera adapter / MAC / Windows.

When I bought my midiPlus AKM320, I was quite surprised by the size. Bearing in mind that I had never owned a MIDI keyboard, I was not…

3 comments : last update or comment 8 months 1 week ago
Posted on Sunday, April 18, 2021 by Troy

I thought I'd come on here and give my review on this awesome portable charger.
I received this charger as a christmas gift about a year ago. The person I got it from purchased it from qvc. Not sure of the price at the time but now it's around $39.00.
I did find one similar that has 2 USB ports, mine only has 1. This charger is about the size of a small cellphone. The concept is that this charger has one of those sticky patches on the back of it so that it can stick…

3 comments : last update or comment 9 months 1 week ago
Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2021 by Jenna Pepper

I have a love-hate relationship with Anker. I think their charging accessories are solid, but I find the rest of their products to be mediocre. I’m also not at all fond of their aesthetic choices. Why they insist on covering everything with shiny black plastic is baffling. Guys, it’s going to scratch 5 seconds out of the box. Still, some of their stuff is good, and I think I may have found another gem. Before we continue, I should add that this station does not have Magsafe charging. If you…

1 comments : last update or comment 1 year ago
Posted on Friday, December 25, 2020 by Reginald George

""Don't be afraid of the guy in shades …" -- Corey Hart

I love good headphones and clear discrete audio. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am a speaker nut! However, I am the last person you would typically expect to pay $250 for good headphones or sunglasses. I am way too cheap! I can hear my younger self saying Reggie; you have completely done lost your mind!"

My first pair of Frames was the first generation Alto model from 2019.

13 comments : last update or comment 1 year ago
Posted on Monday, December 7, 2020 by Jenna Pepper

Years ago, Bose introduced the SoundLink Mini 2, the second generation of its mini Bluetooth speaker. Now, they have the SoundLink Mini 2 SE. The changes are minor, but in this case, that’s a good thing. As they say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Here, I’ll give an overview of the changes and my thoughts and opinions.

What’s different?

As I said, not much has changed. Instead of Micro USB, you’ll find USB type C on the side for charging with modern (non-iPhone) cables.…

3 comments : last update or comment 1 year 1 month ago
Posted on Sunday, October 4, 2020 by kevinchao89

Based on Mosen at Large review/recommendation and others, last week, I upgraded to Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Machine and UniFi Access Point BeaconHD.

Similar to…

0 comments : last update or comment 1 year 3 months ago
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2020 by sockhopsinger

Preliminaries and Pricing

First of all, I was going to do this review next week, but right now these earbuds are on sale in the United States for $45.99. In Canada, they are 106 Canadian dollars, and in the UK, they are £49.99.

I heard a different pair of these earbuds reviewed at the beginning of last week. They sounded good, but there were features missing that turned me off from them, namely no volume control on the earbuds. However, I searched for other earbuds by the…

10 comments : last update or comment 1 year 4 months ago
Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by sockhopsinger

In this review, I am actually covering two products, but they are so similar that I feel this will work just fine. For our purposes, we will be calling the original Pamu Slide "the Slide", and the Pamu Slide Mini will be referred to as "the Mini." When I first bought the Slide, it was one of the most funded kickstarter campaigns ever, and most certainly for a truly wireless earbud. It was also endorsed by many, many celebrities and very highly reviewed from early testers. Is it worth it…

0 comments : last update or comment 1 year 10 months ago
Posted on Monday, March 9, 2020 by sockhopsinger

To begin with, let's give you a little information about what these earbuds contain:

  • Titanium Composite dynamic driver: Balances powerful bass and exquisite detail to deliver Music as the artist intended it to be heard.
  • Fast and stable connection: integrating Qualcomm chip with aptX and AAC compatibility provides a rock-solid connection for an optimized level of audio excellence.
  • Extended playtime: experience up to 6.5 hours of non-stop enjoyment on a single…
2 comments : last update or comment 1 year 10 months ago
Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by Scott Davert

As I have become more integrated with technology, one of the challenges for me has been keeping that equipment powered up. While I have an iPhone and braille display, I also have other things that need to stay charged such as the microphone that delivers a direct audio signal from the person wearing the device to my hearing aids. It often serves as a life line to keep me able to communicate with those around me who only use speech. Depending on the context, there are many other types of…

5 comments : last update or comment 1 year 11 months ago
Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2019 by Voracious P. Brain

The Brailliant BI 14 from Humanware refreshes instantly, silently, and reliably. Those three words should be kept in mind in what follows, because they may well overshadow every other quibble and criticism I feel obligated to mention in this review, and they in fact set it apart from the Orbit Reader 20, which was my other serious contender…

4 comments : last update or comment 1 year 11 months ago
Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by Voracious P. Brain

This review of the Dot Watch provides an additional point of view to the reviews posted here on AppleVis and Access World. I purchased the watch at the end of 2019, two and a half years after its launch.

The first time I checked the time on the Dot Watch, I was struck by a conviction that a digital Braille…

4 comments : last update or comment 2 years 1 month ago
Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2019 by David Goodwin👨‍🦯

I've been using AfterShokz bone conduction headphones since 2013 and they are a regular companion on my daily walks, allowing me to listen to music, podcasts, books, and VoiceOver while still being able to hear traffic and whatever else is going on around me.

The $159 Aftershokz Aeropex are the company's smallest, sleekest, lightest, and most advanced bone conduction headphones yet. They are well-designed, have good build quality, and are extremely comfortable to wear.


5 comments : last update or comment 1 year 11 months ago
Posted on Monday, September 2, 2019 by Moopie Curran

I got these headphones as a backup pair of headphones in case my Bose QC35's ever broke, because it's quite noisy at my house, and noise-cancelling headphones are a must for me. Anyway, on the left ear cup, you will find two buttons, going from back to front, first is the button that you press and hold to turn active noise-cancelling (ANC) on or off. Next to that button is the power button, press and hold it to turn the headphones on. ANC will come on by default, if you don't…

1 comments : last update or comment 2 years 4 months ago