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					                                   Which is best for me? A LightWRITER, a DynaWrite or both?
                                           Comparison of the LightWRITER and DynaWrite - September 2005
Features                                                        DynaWrite                                LightWRITER SL35                                LightWRITER SL85
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Weight                                            1kg                                         0.88kg                                         0.9kg
Size                                              31cm x 23cm x 8cm                           22.9cm x 13.3cm x 5.1cm                        21.5cm x 14cm x 5cm
Battery                                           Rechargeable 7.4V Lithium ion               Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries                   Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries
Battery run time                                  8 hours continuous use                      8 hours continuous use                         8 hours continuous use
Recorded speech                                   1 hour                                      None                                           None
DECtalk synthetic voice                           8 adult, 1 child’s voice                    8 adult, 1 child’s voice                       8 adult, 1 child’s voice
VeriVox voice                                     2 adult, 1 child’s voice                    No                                             No
(More natural sounding voices)
Other synthetic voice                             Spanish voice also available                A range of other synthesizers are              A range of other synthesizers are
                                                                                              available, including several other             available, including several other
                                                                                              languages                                      languages
Dual display                                      No                                          Two displays, one facing the user and Two displays, larger one for scanning,
(Some users like this as the listener can watch                                               one facing the communication partner facing the user and a smaller one
as they type and predict what they are going to
say. Other users dislike this)
                                                                                                                                    facing the communication partner

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Features                                                        DynaWrite                                  LightWRITER SL35                                LightWRITER SL85
Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) with                 Large display with text size up to 72         Two small displays, one for the user           One large display for scanning with
backlight                                         point                                         and one for the communication                  0.66cm high text and a communication
                                                                                                partner each with 1cm high text                partner display with 1cm high text
Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD)                  No                                            Can be installed on either side or both        Can be installed on either side or both
(Text is brighter and usually easier to see but                                                 sides and has 0.66cm high text                 sides and has 0.66cm high text
smaller)
Maximum font size                                 1.6cm / 72 point font                         1cm for LCD displays                           0.66cm for scanning display or any VFD
                                                                                                0.66cm for VFD displays                        display installed
                                                                                                                                               1cm for LCD display for communication
                                                                                                                                               partner
Memory                                            Abbreviation expansion and flexible            36 memories of up to 250 characters,           36 memories of up to 250 characters,
                                                  abbreviation available                        one memory for each letter and number          one memory for each letter and number
                                                                                                keys. Abbreviation expansion also              keys. Abbreviation expansion also
                                                                                                available                                      available
Warranty                                          One year with option of purchasing            One year                                       One year
                                                  extra years
Calculator                                        No                                            Built-in 8 function calculator                 Built-in 8 function calculator
Moisture guards                                   Packs of 5. Each moisture guard covers Packs of 2. Can either be purchased                   Packs of 2. Covers the entire top
                                                  the entire top surface of the device   to cover the entire top surface of the                surface of the device
                                                                                         device or just the keyboard
Backup options                                    PC Windows 95/98/2000/XP or           PC Windows 95/98/2000/XP. Can be                       PC Windows 95/98/2000/XP. Can be
                                                  Macintosh OS 8.6 or higher.           backed up to a computer using                          backed up to a computer using
                                                  Can be easily backed up to a computer modem emulation and a serial cable                     modem emulation and a serial cable
                                                  using a USB cable or a memory stick
Carry bag available                               Yes                                           Yes                                            Yes
External devices                                  Can plug in some 3rd party printers,          Mini-printer, external display, external       MIni-printer, external display, external
                                                  external speakers                             speaker. Can plug in some 3rd party            speaker. Can plug in some 3rd party
                                                                                                printers, external speakers                    printers, external speakers
Access
Scan module                                       Available in different key layouts.    Scanning module plugged into the                      This is a scanning unit only, but does
                                                  Scanning overlay plugged into the USB serial port on the LightWRITER and                     come with external keyboard for setup
                                                  port and fits over the regular keyboard often mounted separately                              and programming
                                                  but still allows direct access through
                                                  the keyboard
Switch access                                     Single and two-switch access                  Single and two-switch access                   Single and two-switch access
Morse code                                        Yes                                           Yes                                            Yes
QWERTY keyboard                                   Available for direct access and scanning Available for direct access and scanning Available for scanning
ABC keyboard                                      Available for scanning                        Available for direct access and scanning Available for scanning

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Features                                                    DynaWrite                                  LightWRITER SL35                                LightWRITER SL85
Optimised keyboard for scanning              Available for scanning                         Available for scanning                         Available for scanning
Expanded keyboards                           DynaWrite has a full-size keyboard             Several options available                      N/A
Keyguard                                     Standard metal keyguard                        Deep keyguard is available                     N/A
Interfaces
Switch ports                                 2                                              2                                              2
Other ports                                  2 type A or rectangular USB ports, one         2 serial ports, headphone/speaker              2 serial ports, headphone/speaker
                                             type B or square USB port,                     socket                                         socket
                                             headphone/speaker socket
Speaker port                                 Can be used to provide private auditory Can be used to amplify the output of                  Can be used to amplify the output of
                                             scanning, to prepare a talk privately or the device                                           the device
                                             to amplify the output of the device
Computer control                             A USB cable or the infrared receiver           No                                             No
                                             the AccessIT can be connected to a
                                             computer allowing the DynaWrite to
                                             function as the computer keyboard
Environmental control                        Inbuilt learning infrared unit can be No                                                      No
                                             programmed to control devices which
                                             have their own remote control. e.g:
                                             most TV’s, VCR’s etc.
Rate enhancement features
Audio feedback for key press                 No                                             Click or letter pressed                        Click or letter pressed
Sticky keys                                  For the one finger typist. Allows two           Not required as there are no sequences Not required as there are no sequences
                                             keys to be pressed in sequence                 which require holding down two keys    which require holding down two keys
                                             instead of together
Adjustable repeat delay                      To accommodate tremor or mis-hits              To accommodate tremor or mis-hits              N/A
Word prediction                              Up to 5 words displayed either at the          One word displayed in-line as the user         4 or 8 words displayed on the side of
                                             bottom or the side of the screen               types                                          the screen
Ability to edit word prediction list         Yes                                            No                                             No
Spell check                                  Highlights each word and offers                No                                             No
                                             correct version
Chat mode/Second conversation                Allows the user to swap quickly from           Allows the user to swap quickly from           Allows the user to swap quickly from
                                             writing to giving a quick response if          writing to giving a quick response if          writing to giving a quick response if
                                             needed                                         needed                                         needed
Abbreviation expansion                       Allows the user to store phrases and           Allows the user to store phrases and           Allows the user to store phrases and
                                             messages under a letter code for               messages under a letter code for               messages under a letter code for
                                             quick access                                   quick access                                   quick access



                Spectronics PO Box 88 Rochedale, QLD 4123 AUSTRALIA Ph: (07) 3808 6833 Fax: (07) 3808 6108 Email: mail@spectronicsinoz.com Web: www.spectronicsinoz.com
Features                                                 DynaWrite                                  LightWRITER SL35                                LightWRITER SL85
Word morphology                           Brings up a range of word endings for          No                                             No
                                          a typed word. e.g: good/better, best,
                                          goods etc.
Reminders                                 Reminders can be programmed to                 No                                             No
                                          appear on the screen at set times
File management                           Multiple files can be stored on the             No                                             No
                                          device
Memos                                     No                                             Memos of up to 250 characters each             Memos of up to 250 characters each
                                                                                         can be stored on each letter of the            can be stored on each letter of the
                                                                                         keyboard                                       keyboard




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