PAC Mate gets two new mates

PAC Mate gets two new mates

The maker of PAC Mate, a portable computer for the blind, has added two more devices to its lineup for federal customers.

Freedom Scientific is now offering PAC Mate BX400 and PAC Mate QX400, which run Microsoft Windows 4.2 with PocketPC 2003 and JAWS for Windows screen reader software.

The BX400 is for Braille input and speech output, converting to one or the other with the addition or removal of a separate 20-cell or 40-cell PAC Mate Portable Braille Display. The QX400 works similarly, but it switches between traditional keyboard input and speech output.

Freedom Scientific and Microsoft launched PAC Mate in late October to offer blind federal employees an accessible portable computer that runs mainstream software.

The new models cost $2,395, a $200 price drop from the original. Upgrades will cost $895 for the next three months. Both units include an Intel Xscale 400-MHz processor, 64M of memory and more than 150M of storage.

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