QBraille XL 40-cell Braille Display

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QBraille XL 40-cell Braille Display

A Unique Blend of a Perkins Keyboard and QWERTY Function Keys!

QBraille XL represents an entirely new type of 40-cell Braille display. The QBraille XL replaces the need for special keystrokes with the intuitively placed function keys found on all QWERTY keyboards. With the QBraille XL, closing an application means simply pressing the dedicated and familiar Alt+F4 buttons.

Intuitive productivity

QBraille XL represents an entirely new type of Braille display, with all of the best features from our Braille EDGE and Smart Beetle, combined with a full set of “real” QWERTY controls. The groundbreaking combination of Braille and function keys means you no longer need your laptop keyboard, letting you get more done in less time. Use QBraille XL’s arrow keys to navigate across tables, or use the dedicated control, shift, and arrow keys to quickly select text. QBraille XL save seconds with every command, minutes with every task, and hours with every project.

Compact versatility

QBraille XL makes it easier than ever to multi-task like a pro. Quickly switch between Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices for sending emails, performing Google searches, sending a text, or using your favorite app all without lifting your hands. QBraille XL also includes the standard on-board applications you know and love, and offers 6 Bluetooth channels and 1 USB connection.

Finally Something New in a Braille Display!

The best of both worlds — Braille input & QWERTY control
Notepad, DAISY Reader, Calendar & more
Open .DOC, .DOCX, .RTF and .PDF documents in addition to .BRF and .TXT files
USB & Bluetooth with multi-channel pairing
Compatible with PC, Mac, iOS & Android
Write in 17 languages with the inclusion of several Braille language tables
Perfect for students with heavy course-loads & professionals in demanding work environments


Braille Display: 40 Cells
Keyboard Type: Perkins-Style input + QWERTY function keys
Supported File: Formats DOC, DOCX, BRF, TXT, RTF, PDF, DAISY
Flash Memory: SD card (SDHC) up to 32GB
Interface: Power Button, USB Type-C port, SD slot, Power & Bluetooth LED indicators
Applications: 8 applications available: Notepad, DAISY Reader, Scheduler, Alarm, Calculator, Clock, Stop Watch, Countdown Timer
Compatibility: JAWS, Window-Eyes, SuperNova, System Access, NVDA, Voice-Over for Mac and iOS, BrailleBack for Android, Mobile Speak, TALKS
Modes: Braille Terminal Mode, Keyboard Mode or Hybrid Mode
Carrying Case: Premium TPU Carrying Case
Battery: 5V 2A, Li-polymer Built-in Battery (rechargeable)
Size & Weight: 12.2” x 4.69” x 0.71” (W x D x H), 1.8 lbs
Warranty: Two-year limited parts and labor warranty

Download: QBraille XL Manual (.docx)

Download: QBraille XL Manual (.pdf)

SKU: B240H

David Csercsics on 01/28/2022 11:23am
This is worth ordering because they have excellent customer service and support, but I'd call and talk to a human, as the QBraille is probably not for everyone. Thankfully Hims gives you extensive documentation, because some functions are not at all intuitive. But if you don't mind the learning curve, it's a lovely device. The hybrid keyboard is going to feel very strange if you're used to qwerty, and the lack of 2 shift keys is a bit of a weird design choice. Also question why they still use such an old CPU and Windows CE, but the device is stable and the applications work very well. I have to say this is probably the most responsive braille display I have used, so I'll forgive them for using such an old chipset and OS and the fact that they have SD cards still is strange since I would think they would've gone for micro SD. You don't need to buy a card reader if your computer has one, because they've got a mass storage mode, but I recommend the card reader if you can't otherwise read SD cards, because you cannot use the braille display as a braille display or a keyboard if it is in mass storage mode. The braille cells are crisp and responsive and the applications that it includes are quite usable. I didn't figure I needed any applications on a braille display because I always have a phone or some other computer handy, but I have found that I have been using the notepad (which also is an ebook reader app) quite a lot, because not having to scroll the page every few lines is extremely handy. So this makes reading very convenient, and I was able to get all screen readers and devices to work brilliantly, they are all very well supported. I'm glad Hims was kind enough to make sure NVDA is fully functional with their displays, because for certain products there is less braille controls if you're not using JAWS. They seem to have thought of everything with this device. It might be the most expensive of the 40-cell displays, but I think in this case you get what you pay for. A massive upgrade from the previous display, which I wasn't really expecting. If you prefer to work in braille, this device is definitely worth your time. But if you are new to braille, or find new technology hard to deal with, perhaps try another display as this one is really meant for people with lots of devices, who would rather use braille instead of speech whenever they can.

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