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Plustek BookReader V100
6.1 out of 10

Plustek BookReader V100

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Overall 7

Plustek BookReader V100

PC Magazine
28 June 2009
  • Conclusion: The Plustek BookReader V100 offers a complete solution for libraries or similar institutions that want to convert printed material to spoken form for their visually impaired patrons.
  • Pros: Can position books so pages lie flat. Scans, recognizes text, and starts speaking the text with a single command.
  • Cons: Although the software translates text-to-speech reasonably well, it still falls short of a truly natural-sounding voice.
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Overall 5

Review: Plustek BookReader V100

17 March 2009
  • Excerpt: Do your eyes ache from slogging through the latest Harry Potter, waiting for the now-legal Hermione to finally let her hair down and get jiggy? Rest your eyes, friend, help is on the way in the form of the Plustek BookReader, which does exactly what its name implies — it reads to you.
  • Pros: Reads books to you at the push of a button. Platen glass goes right to the edge to accommodate books without strain. Turns text into MP3s for portability. Includes several accessibility features to help the visually impaired.
  • Cons: The included software lacks polish and seems rushed. Squat, ugly looks make it seem at home in a cubicle farm. The reader voice may not screw up often, but when it does, it’s a doozy. High price nears gouging territory.
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Review: Plustek BookReader V100

7 March 2009
  • Conclusion: Well here is what it all comes down to. I love the concept of turning documents and books into audio and listening to them on the go. However, either the technology is not advanced enough or Plustek just didn’t implement it correctly because the BookReader V100 runs into some big stumbling blocks.
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