Braille Embosser Research, 2016

Introduction

The purpose of this web page it to research a replacement Braille Embosser.

Identified Requirements

The following are Braille embosser requirements: Windows 7 and 10 compatible, USB interface, and a maintenance plan. Emily has an action item from the April 25 AT meeting to find out the preference for sheet paper or tractor feed paper. (The Everest uses cut sheet paper the other 2 models do not.) Any others requirements?

Comparisons

Side-By-Side Comparisons of 2016 Embosser Models
Considerations Basic-D V5 Columbia Everest-D V5
Web Site Web page for Basic Web page for Columbia Web page for Everest-D
Flyer Info sheet for Basic (PDF) Info sheet for Columbia (PDF) Info sheet for Everest (PDF)
User Guide User guide for Basic (PDF) User guide for Columbia (.docx file) User guide for Everest (PDF)
Paper Tractor feed Tractor feed Cut sheet
Windows 7 /10 compatible? Yes Yes Yes
Embossing Speed 100 characters per second 100 characters per second 100 characters per second
Tactile Graphics Yes (50 dpi) Yes (up to 100 dpi) Yes (50 dpi)
Computer Interface USB 2.0 standard
Network: 100 MB standard TCP/IP
WiFi compatibility and Air printing from portable devices.
Also consult: Audio interview with Bjorn Lefstedt. Index V5 Embossers Let you Print from your Phone (.mp3)
USB (1.1, 2.0), Ethernet USB 2.0 standard
Network: 100 MB standard TCP/IP
WiFi compatibility and Air printing from portable devices.
Also consult: Audio interview with Bjorn Lefstedt. Index V5 Embossers Let you Print from your Phone (.mp3)
Noise Level (in decibels) 80 (with acoustic cabinet 63)
Basic Acoustic Hood User Guide (PDF)
75 (no acoustic cabinet available) 80 (with acoustic cabinet 58)
Basic Acoustic Hood User Guide (PDF)
Interpoint
(Emboss on both sides of a page)
Yes Yes Yes
Weight (pounds) 16.7 19.8 26.4
Software included Index-direct-Braille provides direct embossing from Word, .txt, PDF documents to Braille None Index-direct-Braille provides direct embossing from Word, .txt, PDF documents to Braille
Warranty 1 year IRIE-AT standard embosser warranty 1 year ViewPlus warranty (PDF) 1 year IRIE-AT standard embosser warranty
Extended Warranty IRIE-AT embosser extended Service (doc file)
Also see: Kyle's question and Laura's question to Holly Stowell at Irie-At.
ViewPlus extended warranty
Per the sales rep: does not require that we send the unit in, unless there is a problem. If we have a problem we would need to obtain a return merchandise authorization (RMA), through Support@viewplus site
IRIE-AT embosser extended Service (doc file)
Also see: Kyle's question and Laura's question to Holly Stowell at Irie-At.
Support Remote support Columbia FAQs Remote support
Notes See note from: Bjorn Lofstedt

Also consult: Audio interview with Bjorn Lefstedt. Index V5 Embossers Let you Print from your Phone (.mp3) Starts at 44 seconds.
See note from: Thomas Simpson

See dot quality note from user manual
See note from: Bjorn Lofstedt

Also consult: Audio interview with Bjorn Lefstedt. Index V5 Embossers Let you Print from your Phone (.mp3) Starts at 44 seconds.
Unit Cost $3,695 + 100 shipping $3,795 + $60 shipping $ 4,395 + 100 shipping
Maintenance plan/Extended warranty +1 year= $339
+2 years=$629
+ 3 years = $939
+ 4 years = $1259
+1 year= $569
+ 2 years = $1,035
Does not offer more that 2 years
+1 year= $429
+2 years=$799
+ 3 years = $1,195
+ 4 years = $1,599
Acoustic Cabinet Cost $1,450 + 150 shipping Not offered $1,295+ 150 shipping
Braille Translation Software $595 + 10 shipping
Duxbury
$585
3 years of Tiger Software Suite6 @ 195 annual renewable fee
$595 + 10 shipping
Duxbury
Total
without acoustic cabinet
with 2 year maintenance plan/warranty)
$5,029
(with Duxbury)
$5,475
(with Tiger Software Suite6)
$5,899
(with Duxbury)
Total
(with 4 year maintenance plan and acoustic cabinet)
$7,295
(with Duxbury)
Basic Price Quote PDF (June 13, 2016)
Not offered $8,194
(with Duxbury)
Everest Price Quote PDF (June 13, 2016)

Note: The Everest release has been pushed back to the end of June due to above-anticipated demand of the Basic-D V5.
Youtube Channel Index Braille YouTube View Plus YouTube Index Braille YouTube
Articles/Video Why is Basic-D the world's most sold braille embosser? Coumbia in action (Video)  
Manufacturer Index Braille View Plus Index Braille
Contact US Sales Rep: Thomas Simpson, Company: Irie-at
Toll Free: 1.844.496.6629
Direct: +1.541.243.8220 |
Fax: +1.541.205.4400
US sales and service is in Oregon
1750 Sw 3rd St Ste C
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
Company is in Sweden, contact there: Natasha Halvorson
Sales Rep: Larry Lockhart
larry.lockhart@viewplus.com
Phone: (866) 836-2184 ext. 240
Fax: (541) 738-6505
1965 SW Airport Avenue |
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
US Sales Rep: Thomas Simpson, Company: Irie-at
Toll Free: 1.844.496.6629
Direct: +1.541.243.8220 |
Fax: +1.541.205.4400
US sales and service is in Oregon
1750 Sw 3rd St Ste C
Corvallis, OR 97333
Company is in Sweden, contact there: Natasha Halvorson

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Related Details

Background

Kyle reported a problem (RT ticket 107921) with the ET Braille Embosser. The verdict from Dan Ellis, "...every pin I’ve adjusted or moved still leaves weak indents. Seems the relays are not strong enough to give good motion to the pins, so we are probably due for a new Braille unit."