Must say I might some time in the future consider the executive products case though. I have the one from them for my focus 40 blue and I am more than satisfied with the quality! Only problem is that the bloody postage is about the same price as the case even when using ordinary US mail. But there's nothing you can do about that. -----Original Message----- From: ptr1-users-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ptr1-users-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Aidan Sent: 16 May 2012 07:54 PM To: ptr1-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: Re: Product Evaluation: Plextalk Pocket PTP1 DAISY Book Player and Digital Recorder Very true andre, I wonder how is it that they don't supply that case for us, I mean I have no problems with the case we got, I got mine 2 years ago, but its defnitly not the best case for when going out and need more protection. ----- Original Message ----- From: "André van Deventer" <andredbsa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <ptr1-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 10:23 AM Subject: RE: Product Evaluation: Plextalk Pocket PTP1 DAISY Book Player and Digital Recorder > Wish though I received the zippered pouch the article talks about. I > believe we in SA receive our plextalks from Europe and I received only > a very nice little belt pouch. > > > > -----Original Message----- > From: ptr1-users-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > [mailto:ptr1-users-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Russ Kiehne > Sent: 15 May 2012 06:26 PM > To: ptr1-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: Product Evaluation: Plextalk Pocket PTP1 DAISY Book Player > and Digital Recorder > > Did anyone see this article from the current issue of accessworld? > Product Evaluation: Plextalk Pocket PTP1 DAISY Book Player and Digital > Recorder from Shinano Kenshi Deborah Kendrick The PLEXTALK Pocket PTP1 > is a sleek DAISY book player and digital recorder made for use by > people who are blind or have low vision. Smaller than some cell > phones, the PLEXTALK Pocket is about the size of a deck of cards and > weighs less than four ounces. > Contents and Accessories > The PLEXTALK Pocket comes to you with a 2 GB secure digital (SD) card > already inserted, stereo earbuds, an AC adapter, a USB cable for > transferring material from a computer, a short USB adapter for > connecting a USB memory stick or CD player, and a CD containing the > User's Guide in HTML and Microsoft Word formats. The device also comes > with a zippered, padded, fabric pouch that is adequate protecting the > unit and all of its accessories. > Product Design > The PLEXTALK Pocket has an exceptionally smooth surface. The face has > a standard 12-button phone-style keypad, with 11 additional keys > located above. The layout of buttons on the PLEXTALK Pocket is > extremely well planned. Every button is distinctly shaped and > textured, so that the location of keys without sight is absolutely effortless. > Above the key panel is a speaker, which is activated when earbuds for > private listening are not in use. This is perhaps the best internal > speaker I've ever encountered on a handheld player. > On the top edge of the unit are the ports for headphones and external > microphone and on the bottom are the ports for the USB cable and AC > adapter. > The left edge has the slot for the SD card, and the right edge has an > up-down volume switch and a switch for locking all keys. > Using the PLEXTALK Pocket > The PLEXTALK Pocket plays quaint melodic sounds when powering on or > off, executing a command, or directing you to wait for a task to be completed. > Somewhat akin to the sounds one might hear in a children's play to > indicate magical happenings, I found these sounds utterly charming. If > you don't share my feelings, they can be silenced. > The logic employed in the device's operation soon becomes intuitive as > patterns of performing tasks emerge. For example, one of the most > prominent features on the face of the unit is a circle of four arrow > keys with a concave Enter button in the center. > Many functions are performed by first pressing one of the four corner > keys (Go To, Bookmark, Menu, and Title) surrounding this circle, > followed by a combination of arrow keys and presses of the Enter key. > It did seem cumbersome at first, but again, once the pattern emerges, > the operation is easy and intuitive. PLEXTALK audibly confirms every > command executed, so that learning is facilitated and errors are > difficult to make. The entire user's manual is available at any time > with a press of the #0 key, and a Key Describer mode can be invoked by > long-pressing the Menu key at any time for learning the names of the > various buttons. > Overview of Functions > The PLEXTALK Pocket is a DAISY book player and DAISY recorder. It can > play your books and music from a variety of sources, and does all > recording in DAISY format, meaning that you can easily insert Headings > in your own recordings to improve ease of navigation and review. The > PLEXTALK Pocket offers a Voice Memo feature for quick recordings or > notes lasting up to one minute on the go, and it can tell you the time > and date. > Because it's always in standby mode, you can perform any of these > functions instantly at the touch of a button. A complete power-off is > necessary only when you wish to leave the unit for an extended period > of time; powering up again takes 30 to > 40 seconds. > Playing Media > The PLEXTALK Pocket can play just about any type of audio content you > might want to load onto it, including books from Bookshare, the > National Library service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, > Learning Ally, and Audible. It plays a variety of audio formats > directly from your commercial CDs, and can download podcasts or stream > content from your favorite Internet radio stations. > While many of the above book sources require authorization for any > player, I found the installation of authorization keys and activation > processes to be extremely simple. > The Audible.com activation was so straightforward that I was almost > surprised to find that my books had already transferred to the player > and were ready for listening! > Navigation > PLEXTALK Pocket organizes material in folders. You can access these > folders (by initially pressing the Title key) either as one long > string of titles or by arrowing up to select folder or category > review. While playing a book or other file, you can move forward and > backward by DAISY levels (the number of which depends on the original > markup of the material) or by time increments of 30 seconds or ten > minutes. > This > latter feature seemed inadequate at first, since some players offer a > much wider range of time intervals for navigating, but the PLEXTALK > Pocket also allows you to move forward by percentages which is a fair compensation. > To change speed of the narration, speed, or volume of the PLEXTALK > voice, or tone, you press the #1 key repeatedly until you find the > desired setting, then use the up and down arrows to adjust. > Voice Memos and Recordings > Where the PLEXTALK Pocket truly shines is as a DAISY recorder. The > Voice Memo feature is available at any time by simply pressing and > holding the Record key for up to one minute. This is useful, for > example, when you want to capture a short reminder to yourself on the > fly. Voice memos are stored internally in their own folder and can be > reviewed, played, and deleted easily. > All other user-recorded material is stored on the SD card (up to 32GB) > in a separate folder. You can record using the built-in microphone. > For higher quality recordings, you can attach an external microphone > or cable directly to another output device (such as a CD player, > radio, or other source.) Recording quality from the internal > microphone is quite good and, if you use headphones, the PLEXTALK > voice can guide you through all monitoring without interfering with > the recording itself. > All recording done with the unit can be easily marked for navigation, > either during or after the recording process, by a simple press of a > few buttons. > Headings are inserted, allowing for delightfully swift and efficient > navigation of a lecture, presentation, or program recorded from > another audio source. > The Bottom Line > The PLEXTALK Pocket is a delightful digital player and recorder > designed specifically for people who are blind or have low vision. > Whether listening with headphones or via the built-in speaker, the > device produces excellent sound clarity. The PLEXTALK Pocket shines as > a personal DAISY recorder. It is an extremely stable device; in two > months of testing, I never once had to reset or troubleshoot > operation. > The learning curve for operating the PLEXTALK Pocket is a bit steeper > than for some other players on the access technology market, but > particularly for those who need to record lectures or other > information, the time spent learning is well worth the effort. > Product: PLEXTALK Pocket PTP1 DAISY Book Player and Digital Recorder > from Shinano Kenshi > Price: $275.00 (until May 31, 2012) > Available From: > Freedom Scientific > or > Plextalk > , (800) 444-4443 > > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > ----- To leave the list at any time, please write to > <ptr1-users-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> with unsubscribe ptr1-users in the > subject or the body. 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