Wizcom Quicktionary III Lite is a scanning pen which translates French or Spanish to English, and vice versa.

Summer's here and, for us Brits, that often means hopping aboard a ferry or plane to go visit our continental cousins. We look forward to it all year, but do we learn the language? Of course not.

Should you require use of a foreign language, but have neither the time nor the inclination to learn one, you could try Wizcom's Quicktionary III Lite. Wizcom Quicktionary III Lite is a scanning pen which translates French or Spanish to English, and vice versa.

Wizcom Quicktionary III Lite can adapt to left- or right-handed use, while its six-line text display shows both the original word and its translation. We were impressed with its vast database, and strangely reassured by its in-depth knowledge of 'naughty' words.

Wizcom Quicktionary III Lite is also reasonably adept at speed-scanning, but frequently mis-read punctuation and the letters t, f and l.

The Wizcom Quicktionary III Lite has a sturdy build quality, although it feels a little cheap. At £100, it's actually reasonably well-priced for a pen scanner, and we liked the responsive touchscreen, inclusion of a stylus and rubberised finger grip.

What we didn't like was the Wizcom Quicktionary III Lite's refusal to scan anything other than dark text, its resistance to cursive fonts and handwriting, and the way it struggled with text under six points or over 22 points. Thankfully, the onscreen keypad works well in such situations.

The Wizcom Quicktionary III Lite can scan a sentence at a time, but it translates only word by word.

Wizcom Quicktionary III Lite: Specs

  • Touchscreen monochromatic FSTN display, resolution: 208 x 65 (Six lines)
  • CPU: ARM7 ASIC
  • 8MB flash memory
  • 400 DPI resolution scanner
  • 7x1.62x1.3in
  • 3.5oz (incl batteries)
  • package includes protective carry case, user manual, 2 x AAA batteries, clip-on trainer and stylus
  • Touchscreen monochromatic FSTN display, resolution: 208 x 65 (Six lines)
  • CPU: ARM7 ASIC
  • 8MB flash memory
  • 400 DPI resolution scanner
  • 7x1.62x1.3in
  • 3.5oz (incl batteries)
  • package includes protective carry case, user manual, 2 x AAA batteries, clip-on trainer and stylus

OUR VERDICT

The Wizcom Quicktionary III Lite is a useful tool, it's quick to use, and it's (marginally) more cool than a Collins French to English dictionary. But it costs £100 more and you'll need a separate pen for every language - so this will appeal only to a select few.

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