Even though the Franklin BES-1850 Spanish translator is not one of the most easily usable translators you can buy, something has to be said for the fact that it is still one of the most popular electronic translators.
In a nutshell, this Spanish-English translator combines the best of price and functionality, which is what most people are looking for in a translator.
Let’s face it.
For most people, the number one factor when purchasing an electronic dictionary is price. I don’t care if a dictionary has the greatest technology or largest dictionary database, if it’s beyond a buyer’s price point, it’s not going to sell.
Luckily for us, the BES-1850 is not out of reach.
When it first came out, it was priced around $100, but now you can find it for nearly half that amount. In fact, at last check, it was less than half that amount at only $45 on Amazon.com.
The thing that usually makes the difference between a good translator and a great translator is the dictionary database. Included in the dictionary is a database of nearly 5,000,000 translations to and from Spanish and English.
In addition to the database, the Franklin BES-1850 is also capable of speaking these words and phrases. However, as you can imagine, the text-to-speech feature doesn’t use the most pleasant-sounding voice and it can even be borderline difficult to make out the translations by just listening to them.
However, this electronic translator does come with 600 pre-recorded phrases that could be useful to translators. If this is the most important feature you’re looking at though, you might want to look at some of the newer talking translators that are out on the market.
The days have long passed when a cell phone is merely a cell phone and a PDA is only a digital assistant. As such, an electronic dictionary can no longer get away with being just an electronic dictionary. In that aspect, the Franklin BES-1850 does not disappoint. The dictionary includes a phone book, world clock, and a calculator.
Lastly, the language learning features in this dictionary are definitely not the worst compared with other dictionaries. While a flashcard program and pronunciation guide alone won’t turn you into a native, those features, along with some simple games, will keep you entertained and help you with those weekly vocabulary tests.
No Franklin Spanish translator review would be complete without mentioning what could be improved. With the BES-1850, this would be the display.
The display is a black on grey display, and while most dictionaries have this same type of display, the backlight feature of this one leaves something to be desired, and can make reading more difficult than it needs to be.
That being said, the display does come with the option of displaying up to 10 lines of text, which is significantly more than the 1 or 2 lines of text that most dictionaries come standard with.