Re: ElBraille

Michael Munn

I did heard something like this from Ellita Groups that they are updating the unit to more storage capacity. I never knew that 40 cell unit is solid state drive. that's much faster than the Hard disk drive. 
Thanks for that report. 
Best regards 

Michael Munn
Member: Virginia Association of Blind students
 National Federation of the Blind of   Virginia
Member: Maryland Association of Blind Students
National Federation of the Blind of  Maryland
Students of: Hadley Institute of the Blind

On Fri, May 3, 2019 at 3:28 PM Bill Tessore <billtessore@...> wrote:
Hi gang, I don’t have an ElBraille of my own, but I have been keeping an eye on it for the last couple of years. I’d like to mention a couple things that I think have not been mentioned so far. First, the 40 cell version is a solid-state unit. That is, unlike it’s smaller cousin, The 40 cell device cannot be broken down into two units. Second, the 40 cell unit offers greater storage and processor capacity. Finally, I am told the upcoming updated ElBraille Will have even greater processor capacity, and include The fifth generation focus 40 braille display. I hope this information is useful.


Bill Tessore

On May 3, 2019, at 10:14 AM, Tyler Wood <tcwood12@...> wrote:


I don’t find mine runs hot at all, so it must have been doing something CPU intensive.


Any computer of this size is going to get at least a little warm, but not boiling by any means, even when the processor usage is maxed out completely.


From: <> On Behalf Of Michael Munn
Sent: May 2, 2019 7:44 PM
Subject: Re: ElBraille


I have played an ElBraille before and the unit itself is very sturdy.

In my opinion the ElBraille is a talking Focus Braille display from Freedom Scientific. The unit come's with   both 14 and 40 cells.  There are things that I need to tell you about this unit.  The unit itself can get very hot. If you are sensitive to hot like me i  suggest not getting it. The good news about ElBraille is that You can Purchase an ElBraille in conjunction with a copy of Jaws for windows that you can activate for 2 PCs.

I know for 14 cells ElBraille you can detach  the docking station which is the brain of ElBraille and use it as a 14 Cells Braille Display.


this unit is for those people who want a braille display and Jaws on a single packaged Windows10 device.  if you are in a need for a braille display and a and a Windows 10 computer plus jaws license you can go ahead and get this unit. 

Michael Munn

Member: Virginia Association of Blind students

 National Federation of the Blind of   Virginia

Member: Maryland Association of Blind Students

National Federation of the Blind of  Maryland

Students of: Hadley Institute of the Blind




On Thu, May 2, 2019 at 8:03 PM Tyler Wood <tcwood12@...> wrote:


I do enjoy using mine. It is no speed demon, but it also gets well over 12 hours of batterylife, can handle a sim card for mobile internet connectivity, and is very stable.


TLDR: It is a solid workhorse that will get you through a work/schoolday no matter what you do with plenty of battery to spare in a small footprint that runs the Windows programs you know and love.


Now for some negatives. Charging time can take quite a while with the included adapter. It doesn’t actually have a standby feature – but boot times are reasonably quick with the EMMC solid state storage. (Maybe others have this feature and mine is a fluke). My first recommendation, especially if you’re going to be around a huge crowd of people, is disable the silly vibration and beeping you get when powering on. Or at least turn them to low.


Yes, they will probably release a new version. Yes, it will probably be much more expensive as those processors, while higher powered, are also significantly more expensive to purchase and yes, you can probably upgrade the current one (at a lesser fee). And you will get worse batterylife as they will consume more power.


I really enjoy the keyboard. The space bars placement can take a little time to get used to under the braille display, but it isn’t terrible. All the keys are nicely placed and everything is in reach using a finger. It’s an amazing feeling to have a braille display and computer hanging by a strap from your neck, typing on it in the grocery store. Yes, sure, you can use a separate braille display and phone or laptop, but this is seamless. They’re both together. And that brings me to my last thing.


Separating the two of them is a breeze. Actually getting the machine you might think something is broken, but there’s a little magnetically attached lid that, when popped off, hangs by a rubber band of sorts. Underneath this is a tiny micro USB connector that connects the braille display to the elbraille itself and charges the display, if it needs it. You can switch from Bluetooth to USB mode while retaining the connection to the elbraille, too, so there’s no need to separate the two of them unless you know you won’t be needing Windows.


I know that was a little more detail than you asked for, but with something this expensive I always like to be thorough and realistic. Any other questions let me know!


From: <> On Behalf Of Justin Mcdevitt
Sent: May 2, 2019 6:28 PM
Subject: ElBraille


Hello List-members,


I recently received a small inheritance and am considering investing in a braille Notetaker, specifically the ElBraille. In this regard, I understand that Freedom Scientific is introducing a new model in the near future.

If anyone here owns this device, I would appreciate some honest feedback/perspective regarding its ease of use, versatility etc.

I have a Brailliant BI 32 which I have used off/on in conjunction with a laptop. However, I find this set-up cumbersome and I’ve never felt all that comfortable using the Brailliant, as there are times while I am using it, that it will jump to a new page in a Word document where I am taking notes. I am considering selling it.

The ElBraille is more or less like a laptop, using a Perkins keyboard which I appreciate.

I would appreciate any and all responses.


Best, Justin

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