Sharp Elsi Mate Vintage Talking Calculator EL-620 Review

This vintage 1980 Sharp EL-620 Elsi Mate Talking Calculator speaks the numbers and math operations quite clearly for the times.  Not only did it help springboard synthesized speech into consumer home electronics, but also introduced the now-ubiquitous LCD display.   While the EL-620 does not offer many scientific functions (SIN, COS, TAN, et al), this portable … Continue reading Sharp Elsi Mate Vintage Talking Calculator EL-620 Review



Victor Reader Stream First Generation Gripes

The first generation (original) version of HumanWare’s  Victor Reader Stream   portable player is great. But it has a couple shortcomings that surprised me.   Disadvantages, Problems, Cons, and Limitations Very slow USB port.  For one, its USB port behaves as, and transfers data as slowly as a USB1.1 port, even though USB 2.0 has been the standard since … Continue reading Victor Reader Stream First Generation Gripes



Radio Shack 6300452 Talking Alarm Clock Review

Bought this portable   Radio Shack Talking Alarm Clock, model #6300452   while visiting the local Radio Shack electronics store in 2012.  Thrilling to see that Radio Shack is once again carrying digital talking clocks, as their prices on them are generally cheaper than what you find at the visual aids stores online.  This is another fully accessible, voice … Continue reading Radio Shack 6300452 Talking Alarm Clock Review



Victor Reader Stream New Generation Daisy Player, Podcatcher, Internet Radio Review

BHumanware’s Victor Reader Stream New Generation audio book and text file reader, has some seriously extended capabilities as compared to the original Victor Reader Stream.  In short, this second generation Victor Reader e reader has been Internet enabled.  Not only can it connect to the Internet via WiFi to download new firmware updates, but it  … Continue reading Victor Reader Stream New Generation Daisy Player, Podcatcher, Internet Radio Review