Bruce Toews (masterofmusings) wrote,
Bruce Toews

In Praise of the Victor Reader Stream

I haven't done a whole lot of product endorsements in this LJ, but I want to do one now.

About this time last year, I was alerted to a new product that was to make its way onto the market shortly called the Victor Reader Stream. I was already a very happy user of something called a Book port, so I was immediately wondering where the advantage lay.

The Book Port, which, as I say, I had before this, is a little device that looks kind of like an early-eighties TV remote with a belt clip. A little ugly, but nonetheless, a great little device. It played MP3 files and read text files. With the aid of special transfer software, the BP was able to support various other file formats, such as books from, braille files, Microsoft Word files, and so on. These latter were all accomplished by the transfer software converting files to formats that the Book Port could handle.

What first impressed me about the Stream was that Humanware, the product's manufacturer, wanted to avoid the requirement of transfer software and conversion. When the product was initially released, it was able to support MP3, OGG Vorbis, text files, HTML files, and more.

I have had the privilege of watching the unit grow with firmware updates over the course of the last year. The unit now supports so many more file formats than the Book port ever did, and all with no conversion required, no transfer software needed. The only file format I can think of that it doesn't support is Word files, and that can be easily converted from within Word, which you were required to have for the Book Port anyway.

So what you have is a talking, fully accessible portable MP3 player, book reader, and so incredibly much more. Prior this unit, I had spent a lot of time and quite a bit of money unsuccessfully looking for the perfect MP3 player. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I've found it, and I'm thrilled.

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