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Seiko ER-9000 Oxford Reference Library

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BrandSeiko
Model NumberER-9000
Item Weight136 g
Product Dimensions15.2 x 15.2 x 7.6 cm
ColourGrey
Manufacturer Part NumberER-9000
  
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ASINB001DXEYZ0
Best Sellers Rank 48,066 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight458 g
Date First Available7 Aug. 2008
  
 

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Seiko ER-9000 Oxford Reference Library is the world’s first smart dictionary. It allows you to jump directly to the correct senses between dictionary and thesaurus entries. This intelligent ability to understand the specific nuances and meanings of words saves endless thumbing through paper dictionaries and it will be a godsend for language students. It also contains many new solvers to help you with word games: crossword, anagram, word viewer, word maker, phrase search, definition search, encyclopaedic search, abbreviation search and more. An elegant design with metal case, large clear screen with 3 font sizes, and large, easy-to-operate keys. So simple to use, all you have to do is to start pressing the desired function key.


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I started out looking for a much simpler gadget than this: I originally just wanted a dictionary, really: something to provide definitions (i.e., one step up from the very simplest pattern-matching crossword-solver word-list device).

Then I got thinking about what qualities would be most useful, and a good-sized screen came high on my list. I would hate only being able to see a few words of explanation at a time, and having to press buttons to scroll and see the rest (probably with a perceptible delay between each character appearing). That, for me, would seriously detract from the usability and enjoyment.

Secondly, I quite wanted the Oxford Dictionary of English, with its large, well-selected word list and a style to suit my taste. I'm not sure the Concise Oxford would have satisfied me, with, "only" 240K words!

So, this ER9000 fits the bill nicely. In particular, it has a whopping great screen; on its medium font size you see 14 lines by about 45 characters (the "about" is because it uses a proportionally-spaced font).

There's much more too, with the thesaurus, Concise Britannica, and a few other Oxford publications included. As I say, I didn't originally go looking for these, but it's great to have them - especially the thesaurus, which provides a bountifully cornucopial plenitude of synonyms. Although the ER9000 is priced significantly above what I originally budgeted, the more I thought about it the more I became happy to pay extra for these features.

One wonderful thing is how well the books are integrated together. You can essentially jump from any word in the display to any place where it is referenced, in any of the books. In particular, this makes hopping around the dictionary a very simple thing to do.
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When browsing the web for an electronic dictionary I came across the Seiko ER-9000 Oxford Reference Library - I really wanted an electronic version of the OED or even the SOED. However, it appears that OED and SOED are not available in this medium. After reading the reviews (in my opinion, probably the most reliable source for prospective buyers) on Amazon website regarding the Seiko ER-9000 Oxford Reference Library I decided to purchase it and I've used it almost everyday since.

It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to `master' the functions of the Seiko ER-9000 Oxford Reference Library, mainly due to its commonplace appearance ie QWERTY keyboard layout and mini-laptop-look. Though it does not replace books, it certainly makes a refreshing change not having to search through several pages of several books when looking up the spelling, meaning and context of a word or phrase - for example, if you want to know the root of a word, whether the word can be used as a singular or plural noun, or whether it can be used as a verb or show tense, what context to use or if there is a slang or scientific meaning for this same word, all can be done with a few key commands - it really is that simple.

As well as an excellent resource that's easy to use, the Seiko ER-9000 Oxford Reference Library is light and durable - you can, literally, fit the text of a half a dozen substantial volumes in your top pocket - and I've taken it with me to the library, work, meetings, and to friends when playing scrabble. My 9yr old granddaughter loves the hangman and word balance games which have, without doubt, increased her vocabulary as well as provide an animated and alternative approach for her fascination with words.
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In some ways I'd like to have given this 3 and a half stars! The crossword solver is very good, though it does tempt one to be lazy! The dictionary is reasonable comprehensive, though it has failed me on a few occasions. The encyclopedia is rather disappointing - there are big gaps and the information on individual entries is a bit limited. I haven't used the quotations much but suspect it is not as comprehensive as my reference book. This item doesn't replace the fuller versions of the individual items but it is a handy quick reference. I'd like to have seen fewer games and a bit more reference material. Overall, glad I bought it and would recommend it to others with these reservations. I have seen this item with a huge range of prices quoted and would really recommend prospective buyers to shop around before making their purchase.
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Very good product for solving fiendishly crypic crosswords. The manual is too comprehensive to read so there are one or two things I've yet to master. It seems to come up with american spellings before english, which surprised me although it's not been a problem in use.
The graphic displayed whilst a word is being typed in is rather naff; it would have been better the show the word being typed in a larger format rather than waste space with a poor graphic.
The screen is nice and large, although the product is just a little too large to fit in a pocket.
A row of keys on the keyboard seems to be offset - disappointing for a product of this price.
The product was advertised as Japanese, but it's actually assembled in China.
The product was advertised at 2 different prices, and I never got an explanation from Amazon to the 2 e-mails I sent asking for clarification.
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