While Seiko, a Japanese company, produces all sorts of products, they are not as well known as other companies for producing Spanish electronic dictionaries and translators.
You can still find Seiko Spanish dictionaries both online and in stores, and it’s important to know how they stack up against their competitors.
Seiko DF-4033 Six Language Translator
This particular language translator, along with the two other Seiko electronic dictionary models below, has been discontinued and thus can be difficult to find.
But even if you do find it, I would suggest you consider some of the other multi-language electronic Spanish translators out there before you purchase this one. The main reason is because at 200,000 words, the vocabulary is pretty severely limited.
Let’s think about this for a moment. This translator includes six languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese. If every language were given an equal amount of vocabulary, that would only come out to just under 3,500 words per language. Nothing close to what other electronic translators offer.
Seiko ET-6640 Spanish English Dictionary
Also discontinued, this Seiko electronic dictionary is a much better buy than the previous dictionary. With over 4 million bidirectional translations, the vocabulary is considerably larger, although you still won’t find every English or Spanish word you run across while reading Cien Años de Soledad.
When it first came out, this translator was specifically marketed towards ESL students, as it not only includes nearly 100,000 multiple-choice questions and answers for both the TOEFL and the SAT, but it also comes with more than 15,000 verb conjugations for both Spanish and English. So while good for a person learning English, it isn’t so good for someone learning Spanish.
Seiko ET-2240 Spanish English Translator
All this brings us to this model, the Seiko ET-2240 electronic Spanish translator. This version has a smaller bidirectional translation vocabulary than the Seiko ET-6640, with only 600,000 translations. This vocabulary is fine for basic learners of Spanish but not very adequate for intermediate or advanced students of the language.
So as a recap, stay away from Seiko electronic dictionaries if you are looking for an intermediate or advanced Spanish electronic dictionary. There are other manufacturers that will give you more options.