Franklin Electronics SA-206 Spelling Ace with Thesaurus
- Perfect for students
- Large format keyboard for easy typing
- It has 16-character scrolling display
- It has 8 word games including anagrams, flashcards, and spelling bee
- Media: Office Product
- Item Quantity: 1
Do you need it spelled out? The Franklin Spelling Ace can do it for you with 100,000 words and 500,000 synonyms and antonyms. The dictionary features phonetic spell correction, a crossword puzzle tool and a user list. Includes 8 word games, context-sensitive help text, a scrolling LCD screen with contrast control, automatic shutoff and volume control.
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Unfortunately, the Franklin SA 206 Spelling Ace only has a single line display (albeit with very large characters) which requires him to scroll constantly to read the entire dictionary or thesaurus entry. Because of this, he's always borrowing my Franklin MWD-1440 -- which has a five line display -- and is consequently much easier to use.
If you need a dictionary and thesaurus, get the Franklin MWD-1440 for the five-line display.
If you don't need the thesaurus, get the Franklin HW 216 Homework Wiz Plus (which I bought for my eight-year-old daughter, who loves it) which -- is a dictionary only -- and has a two-line display.
The Franklin MWD-1440 Dictionary and Thesaurus, and the Franklin HW 216 Homework Wiz Plus are used constantly. The Frankly SA 206 Spelling Ace just sits in the drawer.
One of the main reasons I bought it was so I could have a pocket thesaurus if I ever needed to think of that perfect word on the spot. The problem is, the synonyms it provides all have the same definition. Therefore, if I wanted to find another word for "lazy" it would come up with LAZY (ADJ): IND-> with an arrow. You must then press the right arrow twenty times to have it reveal, letter by letter, the rest of the definition. "indisposed to expend effort to achieve and aim" Then when it gives you synonyms, you get words like indolent. Try to see what the definition of indolent is, and you get "indisposed to expend effort to achieve and aim". So, not only is this unhelpful if you need to know how synonyms have different connotations, it's also very frustrating if you're not sure how to pronounce it. Is it INdolent? inDOlent? You have no way of knowing.
Another final complaint is that the batteries are hard to change. You have to get out a screw driver and everything.
Anyone who needs a large print pocket speller (useful for spelling ONLY) should buy this. Anyone else should opt for a more expensive version that has better definitions and a larger screen
It does a great job shuffling letters to find the longest word possible. It displays the words in length / alpha order. I've found it doesn't have definitions for all words in it.
For doing serious writing, I'll stick with my computer spell-check. I use the Spelling Ace for word games.
The letters are displayed large and easy to read. No backlight.