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Collins DMQ 1490 Advanced Dictionary Suite

by Collins
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • 500,000 words and definitions from Collins Desktop Plus Dictionary
  • Collins Concise Thesaurus
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  • 48 Mini-Dictionaries for subjects that have acquired a specialised vocabulary.
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Technical Details
Model NumberDMQ 1490
Item Weight249 g
Product Dimensions23.2 x 19.2 x 3.6 cm
ColourSilver grey
Binding Edgeoffice_product
Manufacturer Part NumberDMQ-1490
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 48,507 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight259 g
Date First Available20 Mar 2007
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super competent dictionary 15 May 2008
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Contrary to the previous review, I have had no problems with battery life - I do find it a tad annoying that the dictionary reverts to the menu screen when switched off.

Other than this slight quibble I find this item superb. The sheer breadth of media is astounding with a good dictionary, thesaurus and various puzzle solvers plus all the Collins Gem miniature dictionaries covering such subjects as space, geography, music, art and religion to name but a few. It is unusual in having a definition search allowing reverse searches and supports full missing letter/letters wild cards. A wide selection of games and study aids rounds off a terrific package. At less than half the price of most serious dictionaries and only outshone by the Sharp E300/500 this is great value for money.

Chris Lansdown
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Has Potential 21 Dec 2008
By Meeshu
This was purchased on the understanding that it had 500,000 definitions, which exceeds the 350,000 definitions of the Sharp PWE300/PWE500 dictionaries which I have also.

Pros: Has a lot of information via its multiple dictionaries and thesaurus.

Cons: Keys have to be pressed fairly hard to register. LCD looks cheapish/gaudy. LCD and/or processor slow to update screen. Anagram solving feature need more definitions. Dictionary still needs more definitions.

I found this dictionary to be a bit awkward to use (because of the above cons), and to be no better (actually slightly worse) than the PWE300/PWE500 dictionaries for use in solving crosswords.

I returned the Collins dictionary for a refund as the cons far outweighd the pros.

Still the best overall dictionary, thesaurus and crossword solver units are the Sharp PWE300 and PWE500.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars its time to bin that old dictionary! 24 Oct 2009
this product is everything I hoped it would be. excellent dictionary, very clear screen, and easy to use. as well as the dictionary, you also have a crossword solver, games, quotations and the ability to build up you're very own word reference section. very good value for money, and a must for anyone who needs to find out the meaning of a word, at the touch of a finger. would recommend this product to anyone wanting to buy an electronic dictionary.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This is the most disappointing product I have ever bought; The screen and the keys doesn't lit up that means you only can be abled to use in bright light. The Battery life is So poor that it went blank in less than two weeks apparently used just less than two hours altogether. The Customer service in Cartridge Point is further disappointingly poor. Different members give completely different answers.One customer service adviser even replied me saying "we do not accept the return, if the item is opened"! When asked, "what magic method would someone use to check the item without even opening it"? The next reply was in better manner. Following it stopped working in less than a month, when contacted the customer service for further advice; one offered me either "refund or replaced". when requested for refund, immediately another email came from another member bluntly refusing for refund and contradicting her own members idea. I am extremely extremely disappointed with this product.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars jim 14 Mar 2008
VERY short battery life; the ones that came with it did not give 20hrs and when they go all your stored information is wiped off! Second lot of batteries have not lasted 10 hrs, @ least I think it is the batteries as it has just "packed up" and I can get nowhere with it and I do not feel inclined to buy any more [@ 6 for two !] so I think I will throw it and buy a cheaper one which will be better value for money!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Collins English Dictionary 14 Dec 2009
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I am really pleased with this. The actual functions on it are great. It has loads of stuff, games etc and the dictionary is really big. 500,000 words so you can't go wrong. My only complaints that stopped me giving it a 5 are that the lid is a bit annoying to open; it has no lip. That's only minor though. My other one is a biggie; NO BACKLIGHT!! It would really benefit from one. I like to use it when I am reading in bed and without a backlight it's impossible to use when it's late. Light that is fine for books is much too dark for this, so in bed it is useless. Apart from that it is a fantastic buy. I am made up with it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars electronic dictionary,Collins DMQ1490 14 Sep 2011
I bought this DMQ1490 to replace my previous Seiko which had lasted for about 6 years.I use it mainly for crossword solving.I haven't had my new purchase for very long but it is proving to be far better than my last one and I am very pleased with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Cool! Singing all-night dancing, everyone should have 1!!! Definitely improves your VOCABULARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ps Quicker than a Dictionary
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Electronic Dictionary
The Collins DMQ advanced dictionary suite is great for helping to solve crosswords when you are stuck, which I often am! Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2011 by Froggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Collins Dictionary Suite
Very good performance for the price, and of course the cheapest anywhere, a present from my wife much appreciated and used extensively.
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by PIP
2.0 out of 5 stars Brightness
We are a bit dissapointed with product as it is very dark and difficult to see words.Item itself is easy to operate but screen could do with a bit more brightness.
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by Bob Emery
3.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive
it is a nice comprehensive product, some good options on it, I didnt use it much but bought it as a gift. it was really liked and cherished.
Published on 21 July 2011 by waraich
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product
I purchased this product as a gift for someone. Unfortunately the initial delivery didn't turn up, however the supplier was extremely quick in sending a replacement. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2011 by PumpkinPea
2.0 out of 5 stars Could be useful
It is an excellent piece of kit but there are severe problems.
1. Letters are very small for people of advanced age and with even slight sight problems. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2010 by John L. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Collins Dictionary Suite as a crossword solver
In general, it does what it claims.

The screen is readable - good contrast and brightness, with adjustable letter sizes. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2010 by Mr. H. S. Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Collins DMQ 1490 Advanced Dictionary Suite
This is the third Dictionary I bought in Collins series - first was Express Dictionary, second was paperback edition. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2010 by S. M. AKBAR-BASHA
3.0 out of 5 stars Collins DMQ 1490 Dictionary
Works Ok But is full of Rubbish, Would be better "IF"
If it had a Back Light
Less Rubbish UP FRONT
Published on 22 Dec 2009 by B. Koster
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