Seiko ER-9000 Oxford Reference Library
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Handy and wonderful dictionary. I have got rid of big heavy printed dictionary.Published 5 months ago by Raito
Better than the Sony it was bought to replace;but more difficult at firstPublished 17 months ago by Michael Hilditch
I have used similar SEIKO products in the past and had no hesitation in ordering the ER9000.Published 18 months ago by johnmcminn