Refreshabraille 18

Last week, I introduced the Orbit Reader 20, which is an affordable ($449) refreshable braille display.  If you’re looking to compare, another available braille display is the Refreshabraille 18.

The Refreshabraille 18 is a “unique handheld refreshable braille display and braille keyboard for desktop computers and mobile devices.”

Although the device has been around for a little while, it has been revised with many new features:

  • Ability to choose secure or simple Bluetooth pairing:
    • Simple pairing allows the device to automatically pair with any device users initiate pairing on
    • Secure pairing requires a code to pair with device
  • Reverse the advance bars:
    • Reversing the advance bars allows users to advance with their left hand while reading with right hand
  • More ergonomic space bar
  • Now uses industry-standard micro-USB which is easier to plug in and also to replace if lost
  • New PC software means updating and using device via USB has never been easier

The device is designed to work with other equipment.  “It provides the screen and keyboard for the primary device.”  Whether that device is a PC, tablet, or a cell phone, “every effort has been made to make the process simple, reliable, and trouble-free.”

refreshabraille 18 from aph


  • Refreshabraille 18 display unit
  • USB cable (Standard-A to Micro-B)
  • CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide, in UEB braille and print
  • One-year limited warranty

Features of Refreshabraille 18:

  • 18 eight-dot braille cells
  • 18 cursor routing keys
  • Eight-dot braille keyboard input
  • Five-position directional pad
  • Forward and back scroll buttons
  • Auxiliary space bar
  • USB connectivity
  • Two kinds of Bluetooth pairing (simple or secure)
  • Long battery life
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (not user-replaceable)
  • Customizable:
    • Users can flip the braille display so the braille is closer to them OR flip the scroll bars so they can read with right hand and advance with left hand or both
  • Measures 5.12 x 3.54 x 0.98 inches

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