Review of Esys Braille displays
Devices Accessory Was Used With
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Sorry to be the weasel of this thread but there is another side to the esys 12.
I've had an esys 12 for well over a year now and I'm really very disappointed with it.
Within the first week of using it I had to reset it at least 6 times. The additional features like alarm clock ,diary and calendar do not work.
Numbers in these functions are indecipherable.
The neck lanyard which is meant to suspend the device snapped off after a month.
32 gb sd cards never worked even pre formatted ones would cause the device to freeze. Esys doesn't like much heat. Typing in the sun for just ten minutes causes some of the cells not work or stick. The keyboard is tiny so speed typing is difficult.
The best way to input into the device is via usb from my braillesense or my apex.
Connectivity to iphone or ipad is very good very responsive.
Save your money (£1,500) and get a braillepen or touch for far less.
I got the braille pen from site and sound and must admit, I don't like it at all.
I've sent it back today.
things I don't like about it:
It feels cheaply made, it's casing is plastic and just feels nasty to me.
I hate the layout of the braille keys and the other keys. It makes my hand feel cramped and I couldn't type on it.
I tried paring it with my Iphone, with no luck, but to be fair on the unit I didn't charge it before trying to pair it, but I didn't know I had to do that until I read the manual.
I found that the windows phone part of the manual had spelling mistakes and words crushed together, for example, theworld instead of the word.
I find this very badly done and think that it's horrible that I'm paying £850 for a device and manual that is badly made.
I'm sorry but I have nothing good to say about the braille pen.
Sorry about your bad braillepen experience.
Yes it is cheap and nasty but compared to my esys 12 it at least works.
I must admit iv'e not experienced any pairing difficulty with my iphone and if you think the braillepen keys are cramped you should try the esys 12 you'd need the fingers of a five year old to use it comfortably.
Braillepen is very very basic. But if you have to watch the pennies it's better than nothing.
Crish, sorry to hear about your bad experience with Esys. Well Braillepen and Esys can't be compared just because they have a set of different functions, you may compare BrailleEdge and Esys or Perkins mini and Esys. Braillepen doesn't have routing buttons (I know that Brailletouch has), and this is vital to me in terms of editing texts. I mentioned some inconveniences with the keyboard, and it really takes some getting used to to master typing on it, the layout doesn't seem to cram my fingers though, the display itself is tiny so the keyboard isn't very big either but fingers lay comfortably on it. Well, I believe it's all the matter of personal preference. I agree about SD cards, this has slipped away from me. The additional functions work well with me. As for overheating, you can read in any manual to any decent Braille display or notetaker that exposure to the sun is not recommended at all. Have a great day and enjoy your brailling experience with any device you choose.