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~HARD TO READ~
on February 25, 2013
When I was in School my Family got me The Franklin Dictionary & Thesaurus Computer, it was in 1987 over 25 years ago. I still have it and still works although a little outdated. After looking at dozens of Advanced Dictionary & Thesaurus I decided to get this one, Franklin Electronics Merriam-Webster's Advanced Dictionary and Thesaurus. Well, that was a mistake, I find it to be too small for me just under half the size of my old one, it measures 5 Inches Long by 3.3 Inches Wide and the Screen measures 3.2 Inches Long by about 1.1 Inches Wide. The Screen is Hard to Read I have to Tilt the Unit certain way to be able to read it, over a Dark Greenish Background with Blue Lettering Font, Not even Black Color, if you have 20/20 Vision God Bless you otherwise you will have Problems
The Shape of the Unit is Awkward, The Design is Awkward and the Protective Lid is very Annoying The Hard Cover made to Protect the Electronic Dictionary has two screws to fasten in the back of the Unit to keep it secure, even like that it gets on my way, so I fold the Lid under the Unit to control it. When the Unit is on and If I don't use it after 5 Minutes it turns itself Off, I wish it would stay on for good, till I'm done and ready, so I keep clicking the "On" Button located on the right side of the Unit every time to check on another word. It has 7 Books in One, you can read all about that on The Product Details.
The Automatic Shutoff can be set up under Settings from 1 to 5 Minutes, that is the Longest Time. The Franklin Electronic Dictionary also has many Games: Anagrams, Hangman, Jumble, World Builder, World Train, 1 Player Link Four, 2 Player Link Four, 1 Player Tic Tac Toe and 2 Player Tic Tac Toe, I don't Play any of them Specially in such Small Screen. Believe it or not I do like the Clock it has nice Big Numbers, Home Time and World Time, and very easy to set up.
The 5 Language Translator is very limited, it does not have many words, and so many of them I already knew, Example: "House" in various languages: Casa, Maison, Haus, Casa (Italian the same)...or "Eat": Comer, Manger, Essen, Mangiare...who doesn't know that or how to say "Beautiful" in Spanish: Bonito, or in Italian: Bello...The 5 Language Translator is a Joke, I thought it would be more Sophisticated than that! If you have a Kid, Fourth or Third Grader or younger this Electronic Dictionary would be perfect for Them!
The Franklin Dictionary arrived very Fast in a Great Big Hermetical Sealed Plastic Container, I kept looking for any Tools to Pry Open the Hard Plastic Box. If I could I would send it back unfortunately I had totally Destroyed the Thick Plastic Container in my effort to open it. I am been very Generous by giving it 3 Stars! ...Thank You D.D.