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Sharp Electronics PW-E550 Electronic Dictionary

by Sharp
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  • Calculator and Spell Checker
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  • Enchanced Search Function- Quick View
  • Enchanced Search Function -Super Jump
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Product Details

User Guide [614kb PDF]| Product Manual [732kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 3.1 x 1.2 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00028DM96
  • Item model number: PW-E550
  • Batteries 1 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 4, 2004

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Sharp PW-E550 electronic dictionary delivers comprehensive knowledge of the English language in a convenient and compact design. The over 250,000 definitions and 350,000 synonyms can be found in this 5 ounce electronic reference tool that will fit in your pocket, briefcase, backpack, or purse.

  • Full Contents Dictionary
    Instant access to more than 250,000 definitions and more than 9,000 biographical and geographical entries from The New Oxford American Dictionary

  • Full Contents Thesaurus
    Oxford American Thesaurus of Current English contains 15,000 main entries keyed to more than 350,000 synonyms.

  • Grammar Guide
    Includes Garner's Modern American Usage - the ultimate resource for becoming a more effective writer

  • Filter Search
    Find the required word you are searching for quickly and easily by typing the letters, and candidates for the matching word will appear.

  • Super Jump
    enables faster cross-reference between dictionaries.

  • Quick View
    displays the first line of each definition.

  • Crossword Solver
    Use wildcard character "?" to search for words with ambiguous spellings. Place the appropriate number of "?" in the places for characters.

  • Anagram Solver
    A word or series of letters can be entered to find matching anagrams found in the New Oxford American Dictionary.

  • Zoom Key
    Switch between small and large print size.

  • Phrase Search Function
    Enter in 3 words and all phrases containing entered words can be searched for.

Specifications

  • Dictionary The New Oxford American Dictionary
  • Thesaurus Oxford American Thesaurus of Current English
  • Grammar Book Garner's Modern American Usage
  • Display Size 80 x 159 dot, 8 line @ 9 dot font
  • Zoom 9 dot, 12 dot
  • Filter Search Yes
  • Super Jump Yes
  • Quick View Yes
  • Spellchecker Yes
  • Crossword Solver Yes
  • Anagram Solver Yes
  • Phrase Search Yes
  • History Function Yes
  • Calculator Yes
  • Metric/Currency Converter Yes
  • Battery AAA x 1
  • Dimensions 4.90 (w) x 3.10 (d) x 0.66 (h)
  • Weight approximately 5 ounces

Product Description

The Sharp PW-E550 electronic dictionary delivers comprehensive knowledge of the English language in a convenient and compact design. The over 250,000 definitions and 350,000 synonyms can be found in this 5 ounce electronic reference tool that will fit in your pocket, briefcase, backpack, or purse. Sharp Electronic Dictionary featuring full content from the best selling reference books: The New Oxford American Dictionary, Oxford American Thesaurus and Garner's Modern American Usage. Enhanced Search Functions that with filtered search, Sumper Jump and quick view. It includes additional features like spell check, crossword solver, anagram solver, and calculator and also has a metric, currency converter.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

VERY easy to use.
Suzanne S. Zino
Portable, easy to use, and has just about every word I look up.
SL
It's well worth the money, and you'll never need another one.
K

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

652 of 658 people found the following review helpful By Phyrephox on November 14, 2004
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I had been thinking about buying an electronic dictionary since they first appeared on the market. I knew pretty much what I wanted in a device but until now, I've found them all wanting in some area that was important to me. This device is absolutely perfect for my needs. These are the attributes that I was looking for, in roughly most important to least important order:

It had to be easy and intuitive to use

It had to have a very comprehensive dictionary and thesaurus

It had to show (not speak) pronunciation

It had to be non-invasive (imagine using one of the speaking dictionaries in a classroom or library setting)

It had to be reasonably priced

The PW-E550 meets all of these requirements.

At the time I was considering the PW-E550 I was reading two books: "Being And Nothingness" by Sarte and "How To Be Alone" by Jonathan Franzen (as an aside, if you're not familiar with Jonathan Franzen I highly recommend checking him out). I decided to page through each book and write down a short list of words that I either did not know the meaning of, or was unclear of. I then took that list of words to my local bookstore, found the hardcopy version of "The New Oxford American Dictionary" and looked up my words. With the minor exception of "transphenomenal", I found all of my words in some form (with "transphenomenal" I was able to find "phenomenal", "phenomena" and "trans-").
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336 of 337 people found the following review helpful By J. Wang on March 28, 2006
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I'm a big electronic dictionary geek - I own four of them. Two of them for languages (Japanese and Chinese) and two for English. I'm a writer and I am constantly reading and looking up words, and I like to be able to do away from my computer because honestly, who wants to lug around a laptop when they just want to take a book out to a coffeeshop?

I own both the Merriam-Webster 11th Collegiate Speaking Dictionary (with a Concise Columbia Encyclopedia card) and the Sharp PW-E550. I owned the Merriam-Webster first, then bought this one, and actually bought the Seiko Concise Encyclopedia Britannica for a while before I returned that one. Here's a comparison between the two, and a little mention of the last one:

- Both have a similar range of definitions. There are some words I could find in the MW I couldn't in the Sharp (McGuffin), and there are some I could find in the Sharp but not the MW (phylogenic, the Bowery). I find that the MW tends to have slightly more in-depth definitions and the Sharp one reads a bit more concise and colloquial. The Sharp does provide examples of usage while the MW doesn't.

- The MW doesn't have a visual pronounciation key, while the Sharp does. That's because the MW speaks out the words. This to me was kind of silly because you don't always want to hear the words out loud (like, in a library, or just about anywhere public), even if they included a headphone jack. What became problematic was that the speaking gizmo on my MW broke after a few months, and now I can't even hear the pronounciation even if I want to.

- The Sharp will list all the words possible with each input of a letter (i.e.
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109 of 111 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on May 5, 2006
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The Sharp PW-E550 is an excellent product. It is just slightly larger than a deck of cards when closed. It has two font sizes. The smaller one is perfectly readable for me and offers sufficient content on the screen. It performs amazingly well, very quick, and has so far had all the words I needed to look up.

As one person mentioned, spend a few minutes going through the manual as there are a couple of features that are not readily apparent but are very useful. The Super Jump feature being the most notable, which allows you to lookup the definition of a word within a definition.

The Sharp PW-E550 does everything I wanted it to do and more. A great buy.
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By K on August 17, 2006
I've only had this dictionary/thesaurus for one day, and its all-around perfectness has driven me to write this review. Sharp really does include the full contents of each book in this device!

1) Dictionary: All definitions are explained clearly, many with example sentences and word origins. Want to know about a town, i.e. Altus(purely random)? Type it in - it's a town in SW Oklahoma, pop. 21910. Phrases? See if you can find this one in your ordinary electronic dictionary - "upset the applecart" or "the whole ball of wax." Need to refresh your mind on history? This has it all. It unscrambles words, too.

2) Thesaurus: The Complete Oxford American Thesaurus...tons of words.

3) Grammar book: good for refreshing your memory on key points.

On top of that, the font is big, black, and easy to read. The wait times are nonexistent. And yes, you can use "Super Jump" and jump between entries at the touch of a button.

This is the absolute best electronic dictionary I have ever used or seen. If you want an intuitive, easy to use, easy to read, easy to understand electronic dictionary/thesaurus/history/geography/grammar/etc. device, then get this. It's well worth the money, and you'll never need another one. Ever.
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