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4.0 out of 5 stars Portable, easy-to-use and handy, 24 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Seiko Concise Oxford Dictionary:Thesaurus and Spellchecker with crossword & anagram solver (Office Product)
I was a sceptical buyer. I thought it might be one of those objects I see in newspaper catalogues that are all promises, such as "NEVER slip on ice AGAIN or "Learn 12 languages in half an hour. Money back guarantee!", and then fail to deliver. I rarely use a dictionary or a thesaurus. Word has a built-in spellchecker. What would I want with an electronic device that did all that?

I said the same thing about the mobile phone and the internet! The beauty of the machine is its portability. I keep it in my handbag so I have it everywhere with me. I look up words when reading on the train/bus and it greatly enhances my enjoyment. When I am out of the office I can still write with a rich, precise vocabulary. My ten-year-old son is happy to look up words on it while he struggles with dictionaries. It has a vocabulary tester so I can double-check the new words I have learnt. It is priceless.

My only criticism is that it is stuffy and old-fashioned in design and content. The screen is 4" by 1". The background is mud-green and the type-face is black like the display on the earliest mobiles. It does not recognise the vulgar words we see on walls in graffiti (you know what they are!) or even common place lingo from The Street, such as "chav" and "naff".
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