The Braille Edge 40 is a braille display that I'd like to call a smart display. This is because, while it is a braille display, it also has the ability to take notes independently, has a calendar, time and date, and calculator. It also has the ability to load and save files on an SD card, which can then obviously be used to transfer files from one platform to another. It supports SDHC up to 32GB. The display is crisp like all the other HIMS products, and it is as stable as all the others as well. While the Edge does not work with iOS 5, it is compatible with iOS 6 and later. The Edge does work with JAWS and Window-Eyes, and is reported to also work well with NVDA. The display has 8 buttons, 4 to each side of the keyboard, which Windows users can utilize to take more control of their computers. Since this is an Apple site though, I won't elaborate on this particular feature, other than to say that these buttons also offer increased functionality for both Mac and iOS users. The keyboard itself I found very comfortable to type on for a long durration, and also quite quiet. Among the changes in firmware version 1.1 of this device, is that the user now has the capability to use "terminal clipboard". This feature allows the user to type something on the display and then send it to whatever device it's connected to. This comes in handy because you can send notes that have been taking on the display to your iPhone, for example, and you can also edit files without having to use the quirky braille translator offered by Apple. All of these extra features for $200 more than the cost of the Focus 40 Blue, and at the same price as the Humanware Brailliant BI 40. For more details in the updates in firmware version 1.1, see My review of the new firmware and case The few draw-backs to this display are that the carrying case is designed only for carrying it from one place to another, not to be able to type on the device while on the go with it strapped to your shoulder. This is a somewhat huge disadvantage for those like myself who wish to be able to use the Edge on the go in places like subways or on buses. Executive Products has developed a sleek case for the Edge, which costs $87.50. For more details, see this link Also, the Edge is slightly more heavy and a bit longer than the Focus 40, thus making it slightly less portable. However, with the Executive Product case, the added functionality of a word processor, and at a slightly higher price, I would say this is the best bang for the buck in terms of 40 cell displays at the moment.
I must have one!
You forgot one of the best features!
Using the Edge with Pages?
Does anyone use the Perkins keyboard on the Braille Edge 40 to input text in Pages on the Mac?
I've tried but it types things other than what I'm brailling. Thanks for any help.
text input on Braille Edge 40
I know this topic was posted several years ago, but I have had the same question about text input from the Braile Edge rather than from the on-screen or computer keyboards on the Mac and iPhone respectively.
Braille Edge 40
I almost brught one, but I decided to pass because I felt like there were too many buttons for my taste. However, I am curious as to how easy it is to pair the Edge with an iphone or ipad and if you have to enter a pin code when doing so. Also, is there any lag when the display reconnects to an Ios device?
Does this product have a warrantee? My braille note just broke, and I am so tired of paying out-of-pocket to repair it.
Thanks a lot.
Braille Edge worth it in 2021?
I'm on the market for a braille display and am considering the newest Brailliant because it seems stable! I had the opportunity to spend a significant amount of time with the Braille Edge and I've been impressed by its performance and stable connection, even in 2021. Perhaps this is because I haven't had the chance to test out the newer displays released in 2020 and was primarily relying on a 10-year-old Brailliant...
My question is, is the Braille Edge still relevant in 2021? Or since the price difference isn't that significant, should I just buy the newest and greatest?
Re: Braille Edge worth it in 2021
I don't know that the Braille Edge is still being sold by HIMS, but yes, this is an excellent display which works really well. I've had one for a number of years and it is rock solid. I use it with a MacBook Pro and my iPhone and I couldn't be happier. I don't use the onboard features, like the notepad and other apps, but for connecting to external devices, you can't go wrong with this display.
Hope this helps.
Excellent. Thank you for…
Excellent. Thank you for your comment. I will seriously consider the Braille Edge if it's still being sold and the price is right. I'm like you - never used the onboard features either, and I really appreciate both the switch on the unit to toggle between pairing modes and the ability to choose terminal mode to display when I turn on the device.