The 400-series pocket electronic translatormakes working with a foreign language easy and convenient. Just type in a few letters of a word, and the dictionary will automatically display words starting with these letters. When you are unsure of the spelling, the Vector Ultima spell-checker allows you to enter the word as you hear it and then choose a spelling version from the suggestions list.
This pocket electronic translator also contains a bilingual business organizer with a telephone directory, a scheduler, and a password security function. You may exchange data between your 400-series pocket electronic translator and a personal computer to keep a backup copy of your organizer data.
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There are additional specs, for specific 400-series models. These specifications apply to all 400-series translators:
The 400-series translator offers some basic translation tools. This section explains what they are and how they work. These tools help two people communicate, even though they don't speak the same language.
What it does not offer:
Full Text Translation. This feature means the two people can type their own random sentences. For this feature, you must step up from the mid-range into the iTravl, 900, or LUX.
Speech to Speech Translation. Such a feature does not exist. Maybe about the time ships from the Planet Vulcan are orbiting Earth it will be available.
"...the natural ways in which humans use language and the variable contexts of speech are extremely complex, so much so that programming a computer to truly understand us has been, and will for a long time remain one of the greatest challenges in all science."
-- David Wolman, Righting the Mother Tongue, 2008
Now, on to what it does offer
Dictionary (works in both directions)
Advanced word recognition allows you to find a word just by typing the first few letters.
MorphoFinder helps you find source words for English past participles, gerunds, and plural forms.
The "Slang lock" function allows you to toggle between "include" or "exclude" (lock in/lock out) slang in the dictionaries.
Pictured dictionary (for basic words, more info below).
English phonetic transcription.
Real human voice for the words in the dictionary in both languages.
Vector Ultima spell-checker.
The WordNet Princeton edition dictionary of modern English has over 70,000 head words and detailed explanations.
Phrasebook (works in both directions)
The audio phrasebook was recorded with professional native narrators. Consequently, it delivers superb voice output.
The "You may hear" function helps another person select an answer from a list of canned answers. For instance, having picked the topic "In a restaurant," you choose a phrase. The waiter wants to reply to that phrase. You then select the "You may hear" option listed in the restaurant category (there is such an option in each category). The waiter can select the answer from the list provided.
A "phrase" is usually a complete sentence. It's called a "phrase" out of tradition.
400-T series Features Summary
Advanced English voice capability.
Instant back translation function.
English grammar reference and the list of irregular verbs.
Customized word list compilation.
Popular American idioms, colloquial expressions, and daily use phrases.
Award-winning Vector Ultima bilingual spell-checking system.
New words recording function will allow you to customize your dictionary
Transcription for dictionary entries.
Large, 5-line high-resolution graphic screen makes for natural, smooth font appearance that is easy on your eyes.
Vector Ultima spell-checker allows you to enter words as you hear them and choose a spelling from the suggestions list.
Universal organizer, calculator, business scheduler comply to highest industry standards.
Built-in metric and currency converters are indispensable tools for the business traveler.
AC adapter, data protection system, and PC-exchange.
This device comes with:
Bonus & demo software. The bonus & demo software CD is just brochureware. Put a napkin under it, and it makes a great coaster.
Sometimes, customers ask why they should buy a pocket translator instead of just using their laptop. It's a good question. We have a good answer. Let us count the ways....
A mobile device is always on. You don't need to wait for it to boot up, as you do with your laptop.
A pocket translator fits in your pocket. Try getting your laptop to do that.
A pocket translator weighs quite a bit less than a laptop does.
With the pocket translator, you get the full functionality of translator programs, vs something pared down for laptop use.
The form factor of the pocket translator is geared toward translation, and that's not true of a laptop.
Also, with a pocket translator:
You don't have to dial out to use it.
No corporation is going to wirelessly reach into your pocket translator and remove something (as happened with a famous ebook reader).
You don't have to run special programs to remove spyware, viruses, etc. They don't get on there in the first place.
You won't be barred from bringing it in somewhere due to a camera, as with many mobile phones.
You may also want to:
Click here for a PDF of the manual
(the various language pairs have separate manuals, but they are all the same; thus the EJ400 manual is the same as for any other 400-sries translator)
You will find translator industry jargon defined in our glossary. The last thing we want is poor communication!
If you still have questions, the fastest way to get them answered is to send us an e-mail at sales @ mindconnection.com (remove the spaces and paste into your e-mail client address box).
Mindconnection is an authorized factory dealer. We sell brand-new translators with a full one-year warranty. We don't try to pawn off stolen, counterfeit, or broken merchandise as new. Get the real thing, get great service before and after the sale. Buy from Mindconnection.
No SD Cards
The 400 series does not use Secure Digital (SD) cards. Therefore, it is not upgradeable later and you cannot add languages to it. For that functionality in the same basic price range, see the 500 series.