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Poet Compact 2/2+ Reading Machine


Accessing printed material can be challenging if you are blind or visually impaired. Our solution to this problem is a standalone reading machine called Poet.

There are two models to choose from: Poet Compact2 features a 3-button interface and is very easy to use, while Poet Compact2+ offers additional levels of functionality. 

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This slender all-in-one reading machine can read virtually any kind of printed matter with just the press of a button. There is no need to study lengthy manuals and you do not need to have any prior knowledge of computers to operate the Poet Compact2. 

Instructions to use Poet Compact2:

  1. Lift the lid
  2. Place text face down on the scanner glass
  3. Close the lid
  4. Press the scan button
  5. Seconds later, listen to Poet Compact2 read to you

The built-in stereo loudspeakers directed towards the listener ensure a sound that is loud and clear. The controls are self explanatory, feature tactile shapes, and have context sensitive feedback as well as touch tones. 

Standard features:

  • Minimum controls 
  • Stand-alone, all-in-one unit 
  • Clear accurate speech 
  • Pleasing human-like inflection 
  • The Poet Compact 2+ model comes with CD drive for DAISY, MP3, Audio CDs, etc. and advanced features 
  • Multiple languages on request 
  • Low energy consumption

The Poet Compact2 is the basic model with only 3 buttons. With the first button it scans and recognizes text quickly, simultaneously converting text into high-quality speech output. The second button is the pause button and stops and starts the speech. The control knobs are used to adjust the volume and reading speed to your preference, even when Poet is running. All controls are located in an aesthetically pleasing position on the front panel. 

The Poet Compact2+ is a model for more advanced users who prefer more features. This model has a front panel that offers more controls and possibilities, for example: access to menu functions, speech settings, plug-ins, CD-drive for listening to DAISY-books, MP3 files, or connecting USB memory sticks.

Weight 12.8 lbs
Dimensions 11 x 18.1 x 3.9 in

Poet Compact2, Poet Compact2+


Poet Compact 2 has 2 buttons, 1 on/off button and 2 control knobs; Poet Compact 2+ with 3 buttons, 1 menu keypad, 1 on/off button and 2 control knobs.

Additional Features

Clearly arranged menu keypad, Integrated flatbed scanner, Modern speech synthesizer, Tactile buttons with sensible pressing click feedback and touch tones

Supported File Types

Clearly arranged menu keypad


Universal power supply (100 – 240 V, 50 – 60 Hz)


2-year warranty


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