moderated Re: Elbraille 40?

Tyler Wood

I completely, 100% understand that huge price jump.
However 99% of what folks would do with a keyboard can be done on the braille display. Furthermore it has a USB port and Bluetooth so a QWERTY keyboard can be connected easily enough. The only time I have come across this is when playing audiogames.
Regarding Windows updates, this is 100% false. Mine is running Windows 10 1909 quite happily and without issues. The Elbraille utilities are simply installed like any regular program. I will agree that it is expensive new, but there is also nothing on the market quite like it and I'd recommend it over the new braille note touch, which is entirely dependent on humanware to send out Android updates rather than Microsoft sending out updates to this machine just like all other Windows 10 computers.
The problem with most notetakers is exactly that described below - obsolescence almost as soon as it is out the door. With this machine, there is no fear of that happening for years to come - it is a regular Windows 10 computer with none of the proprietary software that usually overlays others, like the braille note touch. NVDA can be installed without issue, just as an example, as can many other apps and programs, just like a Windows 10 PC, with the braille display not only being used as the keyboard, but right below your fingertips.
I'm from the Era of the power braille 40, where a nice solid mechanical style keyboard sat atop two Velcro strips and directly below this, in my case, were 40 cells of braille. Very not portable, but carrying two devices after experiencing that just seems counterintuitive. Yes, a *lot* cheaper, but if you use braille on a daily basis, perhaps worth that price, especially if this does exactly what you want. I'm not sure how I'd manage with a braille display having to sit under my 15 inch laptop when my lap is the only place to sit it down, though I'm sure I'm overthinking this.

Hope that helps.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Milton Ota
Sent: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 8:56 PM
Subject: Re: Elbraille 40?

Hello All:
There is something that has not been mentioned here regarding the El
Braille. It has nice features, fast and powerful but comparing it with
a laptop the El Braille does not have a QWERTY keyboard. Everything is
run from the keyboard of the Focus 14 or 40 braille display.

I must say that for what you are getting, and from what I have seen it
is a bit pricy and you could get a netbook computer with an SSD drive
and a 13 inch width and spend your money in finding the Focus 14 or 40
to be a much more price saver.

Also, I was told that doing windows update is not going to be the same
as getting a comercially baught computer as there are some proprietary
that Freedom Scientific and the manufacturer of the El Braille in Russa
have done.

If I'm wrong on these things, I hope someone will varify them so that
people don't plop a lot of money down a black hole and end up with
something that gets outdated quickly as the technology is changing too fast.

Original message:
I have a pc and braillenote touch+. Sometimes, I'm in invironments
where hearing jaws, with speech alone is difficult, if not impossible.
Also, my laptop, being a 15-inch is quite huge and heavy, when placed
in a backpack.
If I were to get an elbraille, like I'm seriously thinking of doing,
that would become my main machine, and I'd use the laptop at home, or
for things the elbraille can't handle.

On Jan 8, 2020, at 8:35 PM, Morey Worthington <> wrote:

Hi David. If this is you, and sorry about changing subject, but is
there a tutorial made by you, or someone you know of, about using
Outlook and its keystrokes?
Any thought appreciated. Again, sorry about changing subject line.
Morey Worthington
From: [] On Behalf Of David Moore
Sent: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 4:27 PM
Subject: Re: Elbraille 40?
I have ben wondering, for the price, what is the advantage of using the
El Braille instead of a small laptop and a Braille display!
My laptops are only $250.00!
I use win10 and everything!
I have never been able to figure this out, and I was wondering what you
use the El Braille for that makes it worth the price from Vispero?
David More
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From: Michael Munn <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 5:04 PM
To: <>
Subject: Re: Elbraille 40?
on a Focus Braille To quickly switch between USB and Bluetooth is to
hold down the Power Key and dot 123
The Focus 40 5th Generation can connect up to 5 devices at a time via
Thanks for asking.
Best regards
Michael Munn
Member: Virginia Association of Blind Students National Federation of
the Blind of Virginia <> <>
Student of: Hadley Institute of the Blind
<> <>
On Wed, Jan 8, 2020 at 4:19 PM Randy Meyer <>
wrote: <>
I agree, it seems to take a second or three to open up Word, where my
desktop and laptop it seems like a second or less. It works fine in
word, but it does take a second or two to bring up the save as dialog.
The hard drive is small, you have to be careful not to fill it up. It
does have a data drive in addition to the regular drive. I would say
plan to install office 365, Jaws and windows 10 and not a lot beyond
that. On a positive note, I have not lost any files or data off of the
hard drive, unlike a number of Braille note takers I have owned over
30+ years. It is great to use actual windows 10 and office 365, rather
than proprietary note taker software that can open word and excel files
and edit them, but is not word or excel. Randy Meyer -----Original
Message----- From: <> On Behalf Of
Tyler Wood Sent: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:50 PM To: Subject: Re: Elbraille 40? That's about right yes.
The machine has an EMMC solid state drive, so read and write times are
a lot quicker than a conventional mechanical hard drive. Think of it
like having a thumb drive with no moving parts inside the machine
instead of the wurring hard drive. The problem comes when you do
processor intensive things. As I said though, for general office tasks
and less resource intensive activities, it will get the job done.
Perhaps not quite as speedily as other machines, but it will also give
you 18 plus hours of batterylife. -----Original Message----- From: <> On Behalf Of Jessica D Sent:
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:46 PM To: Subject: Re:
Elbraille 40? Hi, I just watched a few youtube videos, that demoed the
elbraille 14. One of the videos showed booting up, and opening word,
both of which, I thought were very fast. It seemed like jaws was loaded
in about 30 seconds, maybe more like a minute. Is that accurate?
Thanks, Jessica > On Jan 8, 2020, at 3:25 PM, Tyler Wood
<> wrote: > > Hi Randy, > The elbraille 14 can be
paired with Bluetooth to the gdp pocket. With a simple command, the
unit can be switched from USB, which is how it communicate with the
elbraille, to Bluetooth. Alternatively you could undo the USB
connection from the docking station and connect it to the pocket. It's
unfortunate that you have Bluetooth issues - I regularly use mine on my
Android phone and switch back to the elbraille for other things. > The
docking station - essentially the part that is the windows computer -
is slow, however is perfectly fine for general usage and as you said
will give excellent batterylife compared with 99% of new laptops. > >
-----Original Message----- > From:
<> On Behalf Of Randy Meyer > Sent: Wednesday,
January 8, 2020 1:38 PM > To: > Subject: Re:
Elbraille 40? > > I have an ElBraille 14. I have found it to be slow.
It was affordable, as I already had Jaws, bought a used focus 14
display, and paid some where around $1,000 for the docking station. I
agree that the battery life is great. > > I recently purchased a mini
laptop, the GDP Pocket for around $350 and pared it with a used focus
40 display I picked up at a reasonable price. It is faster. I found I
needed to connect the display by cord, because Bluetooth was
unreliable. I like that it gives me the option to use the small
keyboard on the computer instead of the Braille display keyboard. I
only do this when something stumps me for the correct Braille keyboard
command. The downside is far less battery life, especially because the
Braille display draws from the computer's battery before using it's
own. I would say my battery life runs somewhere between 4 and 6 hours,
depending on use, where the ElBraille is probably triple that. > >
Purchasing the ElBraille did force me to learn all of the Braille
keyboard commands, which gave me the confidence to purchase the GDP
Pocket and try it with a Braille display. I can put the ElBraille 14 in
a jacket pocket or even a pants pocket, where I can not do that with a
GDP Pocket with a 40-cell display. > > I still use both machines
depending on the convenience factor and computer power needed. > >
Randy Meyer > > -----Original Message----- > From:
<> On Behalf Of Richard > Turner > Sent: Wednesday,
January 8, 2020 8:02 AM > To: > Subject: Re:
Elbraille 40? > > It is fascinating to me that their web site does not
give any prices for the 14 or 40 version of this low-end Windows
machine combo and if one follows the link to the place to purchase
either one, you find a 404 page not found error. > I wouldn't be in the
market anyway, but just curious. > I personally would rather have a
full fledged laptop and a braille display but I guess I can understand
the appeal to some with the extended battery life they claim. > > O
well, I'll shut up now on this topic. > > > > Richard > > 🖖 Live long
and prosper > > > Check out my web site at: > >
-----Original Message----- > From:
<> On Behalf Of Les > Kriegler > Sent: Wednesday,
January 8, 2020 5:44 AM > To: > Subject: Re:
Elbraille 40? > > Hi Richard, > > I'll be glad to try and answer your
question with the understanding that I know far less than you. If
someone was in the market for a braille note taker, the idea is that
you have an integrated unit, braille display and ElBraille unit which
runs the Windows Operating System. So you could run Office 365, 2019,
2016 or 2013. Many have Jaws already, so one does not have to buy Jaws
again. For those who don't have a Jaws license, it will be more
expensive, I don't know the price of the bundle for the unit, Focus 40
Five and Jaws. In my case, if I purchase the ElBraille 5, I only need
the unit as I already have Jaws and the Focus 5 display. Hope this
helps. > > Les > > -----Original Message----- > From: <> On Behalf Of Richard > Turner >
Sent: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 8:33 AM > To: >
Subject: Re: Elbraille 40? > > OK, could someone who knows far more
than I explain what the point is with this new device from FS? > >
ElBraille 40 V combines the flexibility of a modern mainstream computer
running the Windows® 10 operating system with JAWS® and a 40-cell
Braille display with a full Braille keyboard to offer a fully
accessible compact solution. (JAWS and Braille display sold separately.
I copied the above from their web site. What is the point if you
have to buy the Focus 40 blue and Jaws separately? > ) > > > > >
Richard > "Reality is the leading cause of stress for those who are in
touch with it." > -- from The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in
the Universe, by > Jane Wagner > > > > On Jan 8, 2020, at 5:21 AM, Les
Kriegler <> wrote: > > > > Hi Jessica, > > If
you check FS's site, you'll see that shipping is scheduled for this
month. Back in October, the unit was supposed to be out in a matter of
days. In November, the same statement was made on the FS OpenLine
podcast. I have no idea as to what the issues are, as nobody has
publicly indicated anything. I heard there was a parts issue, but that
was supposed to have been resolved last September. The Focus 40 5 is
definitely not out. > > Les > > -----Original Message----- > From: <> On Behalf Of Jessica D > Sent:
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 7:45 AM > To: > Subject:
Re: Elbraille 40? > > Hi, > Earlier, someone mentioned delays. > Are
there production delays? > Is the elbraille 5th generation out? > I
keep checking the fs website, but last I saw, it said, "shippingin
November." > Thanks, > Jessica > > > > > > On Jan 8, 2020, at 7:42 AM,
Michael Munn <> wrote: > > > >  > I don't know
whether you can connect the entire note taker and use it as a Braille
display, but you can detach the Braille display and use the braille in
conjunction with your iPhone. > Thanks for asking. > Best regards >
Michael Munn > > > >
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On Tue, Jan 7, 2020 at 9:44 PM Michael Munn via Groups.Io
< <> > wrote:
It is a Windows 10 computer being compacted in to a small box.
You can do anything that used to do on a Windows 10 computer to
ElBraille 40. Note Taker. > > On Jan 7, 2020, at 9:31 PM, Jessica D
< <> > wrote: > > > > Hi, >
Thank you both for the info. > > Can you use your microsoft account
password, as your login password? > > This is what I do currently. > >
I'm on the home annual license, and have activated 1 of my allowed 3
computers. > > > > Thanks, > > Jessica > >> On Jan 7, 2020, at 9:24 PM,
Tyler Wood < <> > wrote: >
Hi, > >> I have the Elbraille 14 and it is very well made. It
is not the 40, but it is also detachable. > >> Thanks > >> > >> > >>
-----Original Message----- > >> From:
<> <
<> > On Behalf Of Michael Munn > >> Sent:
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 8:22 PM > >> To:
<> > >> Subject: Re: Elbraille 40? > >> > >>
The El Braille 40 5 Generation is a very well made piece. I I have the
opportunity to play with it during NFB Convention last year in Las
Vegas NV and the size is a little big. That is the cons of the unit.
The Pro of the El Braille 40 5th generation is that you can get a
braille display along with 2 activation of Jaws. Unlike ElBraille 40
4th Generation, the El Braille display 5th generation is detachable
from the docking Station. A user can take the Braille display with
them. > >> Overall, This is a device that worth buying. > >> It is a
little expensive though. > >>>> On Jan 7, 2020, at 11:28 AM, Jessica D
< <> > wrote: > >>> > >>>
Hi, > >>> I currently have a Braillenote touch+ from HumanWare. > >>>
However, due to battery and other issues, I had to send it in for
repair. > >>> If they can’t fix it, I’m considering purchasing an
ElBraille 40. > >>> > >>> Does anyone on here have experience with
these devices? > >>> I tired to connect my braillenote to my computer
for use with jaws, but it failed. > >>> > >>> Thanks, > >>> > >>>
Jessica > >>> > >>> > >>> > >> > >> > >> > >> > >> > >> > >> > > > > >

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