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Seiko ER9000 - Oxford / Britannica Electronic Reference Library (ER-9000)

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  • Oxford Dictionary of English - Over 355,000 words, phrases & definitions, 38,500 word origins, 11,000 encyclopedic entries & 550 usage notes. Oxford Thesaurus of English - Over 11 million synonym links, 316 thematic word lists, 300 "Choose the right word" notes & confusables.
  • Oxford Dictionary of Quotations - Over 20,000 quotations from approx 3,500 authors. Fowler's Modern English Usage - comprehensive and practical advice on grammar, syntax, style and choice of words. Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang - A highly engaging guide to the most outspoken corner of our language.
  • Spellchecker - 225,000 word phonetic spellchecker. Oxford Dictionary of Abbreviations - 36,000 decodes for over 20,000 abbreviations. Britannica Concise Encyclopedia - More than 25,000 articles.
  • "Smart Jump" between correct sense in Dictionary & Thesaurus. 14 Solvers - Crossword, anagram, cryptic, word viewer, word maker, phrase search, definition search, encyclopaedic search, letter changer, slang search, homophones & homographs, dictionary of abbreviations and abbreviation search.
  • 15 word games - with 3 levels to help build your vocabulary.Calculator - Plus over 190 metric/ imperial and currency converters.

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BrandSeiko
Model NumberER-9000
Item Weight227 g
Product Dimensions22.9 x 15.5 x 4.6 cm
Manufacturer Part NumberER-9000
  
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ASIN4921141363
Best Sellers Rank 67,644 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight431 g
Date First Available14 May 2010
  
 

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The world's first "Smart Dictionary", the ER-9000 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. For example, if you want to "get on like a house on fire" the correct synonym set will be found under "hit it off" in the Thesaurus (not "house"). It also contains many new solvers to help you with word games: crossword, anagram, word viewer, word maker, phrase search, definition search, encyclopedic 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 to start it is press the desired function key! Ideal for lovers of the English language, from academics to word game players.


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This proved to be a big improvement in almost every respect on previous models. It is astonishing value for money for the Crossword addict. One slight criticism is that when lists of, say minerals, are shown they are in alphabetical order. Previous models have been more helpful to the crossword addict who likes such lists arranged by word length categories, and then alphabetically within that category, to save having to wade through much irrelevant material as the length of the answer word is already know. Another very small niggle is that I have yet to find a Clear key and have to use the On/Off one to spped things up. Overall, an amazing product at a heartwarming price!
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Originally, I had been intending to buy a 'Chambers Crossword Completer' book but one of the reviewers there mentioned this reference library. Yes, it is expensive but with all its functionality (dictionary, encyclopaedia, thesaurus, quotations, crossword solver, anagrams etc) I thought that it was worth a try.

It is sturdily made and its size and weight mean that you can conveniently slip it into a pocket. Since buying it, I have found that I mostly use it when I am reading: it is so quick and easy to use that I now look up the meaning of words that I would have previously just glossed over. You can also search the dictionary by subject area but although it looks reasonably comprehensive, I suspect this method might have its limitations.

This Seiko is useful as a crossword solver in that you do not need to know the letters at the beginning of the word in order to find your answer although it does not seem to have as many multiple word solutions as the 'Chambers Crossword Completer'. The Thesaurus is similar to a Roget's Thesaurus but easier to use. For crosswords, however, I do not find it as useful as the 'Chambers Crossword Dictionary' which includes, for example, lists of theatres, first names and types of musical instruments. Despite these drawbacks, I have still found the answers to most things.

I haven't tried all the facilities on this machine but I use it most days. Is it worth the cost? You would need to think about how, and how often, you will be using it. I certainly don't regret buying it.
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It's better than the Concise; but I'd still like more words. I would pay more money for the
Oxford Dictionary. The whole thing! However probably as good as there is available.
I don't need the games and puzzles; just give me words.
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Altogether, a very nice bit of kit. Well made, and professional looking.
Because of the amount of information installed in it, it obviously takes a while to absorb, but I was using it well enough for help on a crossword, within 20mins.
A little pricey, but, if you want the best you have to be prepared to pay for it .
Recommended.
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Contains the Oxford Dictionary of English and the matching Thesaurus, but lacks the lists of things in the printed edition for example Writers, Composers etc, which was a bit of a dissapointment.
However, it certainly helps with the Telegraph crossword and will be a boon when I go on holiday, which is why I bought it.
A bit difficult to read in poor lighting conditions, including these low wattage lamps that we have been forced to use.
Certainly one of the best I have seen, but I hope the time will come when the whole of the printed editions will be included.
Good value for money and a very attractive bit of kit.
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I love doing crosswords either general knowledge or cryptic and have found this so helpful it helps you to find the answer to a clue and it also has so many other functions that are helpful. I am pleased that I purchased this product
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This electronic reference library is amazing. It is light, stylish, easy to use, and it contains a fantastic amount of information. Not exactly cheap but very good value. I wouldn't like to be with out it.
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......that in order to regain exclusive use of my own Seiko ER9000 Electronic Reference Library I have had to buy my wife her own machine! For avid but not brilliant crossword and General Knowledge aficionado's this aid is absolutely invaluable to us and allows us to increase our successful solving rates.
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