Braille displays

Tom Masterson kd7cyu at
Tue Mar 25 21:10:02 UTC 2008

I currently am using ancient braille displays.  I have an Alva 34D (the
80 cell with half the cells not put in) and a 320.  I think if I could
afford t I would replace at least the 320 with a 40 cell braille star as
it is used for my laptop.  I got to use a braille star many years ago
for a week and really liked it and it incorporated som nice things like
	notetaking etc.  I do have an Elba but don't use it as a computer
	display because it can't go under the computer or keyboard.  I won't
	but from Freedom Scientific but that is a personal thing.  If I ever
	find the money to replace my display(s) or convince a company to do it
	I will need to do some serious shopping around to see what I would
	want since I haven't looked in five years or so. 

	As has been said it is mostly personal preference.


On Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 04:25:01PM -0400, Lee Maschmeyer wrote:
> Hi Anders,
> What is it you like about the HandyTechs?
> Getting back to the original question: As for me, I've never had the nerve 
> to ask for an 80-character display so don't miss the (to me extravagant) 
> length. 40 is the length of a braille printed page and I've always found 
> that adequate. (As far as that goes, before the advent of grade 2 books on 
> the internet I was happy with a 12-character display, though I doubt I 
> would be now!)
> I've never seen any of these wireless ones that use Bluetooth but the idea 
> is intriguing. Still, if you're thinking of one that will stay in one place 
> a cabled display isn't a bad idea probably. If you might be carrying a 
> laptop and a display then you might want to see whether there's an easy 
> option to carry them both conveniently.
> But if you're going to be doing a lot of traveling a notetaker with a 
> detachable display might be good. The PAC Mate fits together so solidly 
> you'd never know the display was detachable, but it is and can be used (via 
> USB cable) with a regular computer.
> -- 
> Lee Maschmeyer
> Computing Center Services
> Computing and Information Technology
> Wayne State University
> Detroit, Michigan, USA 
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