VarioUltra - the smart braille display

The premium braille display and notetaker, from BAUM.

VarioUltra 20
  • German quality design and manufacturing
  • Brushed aluminum construction that is ultra light, strong, and very attractive
  • Braille Display mode that can connect with up to 5 devices at the same time
  • Braille Notetaker mode that includes a suite of productivity apps 
  • Best-in-class customer service and technical support

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VarioUltra Braille Display

VarioUltra was the first braille display to support multiple simultaneous connections to your computer and mobile devices via 1 USB and 4 channels of Bluetooth. Even today, most other braille devices limit you to 1 connection at a time.

Beautifully designed, and featuring lightweight brushed-aluminum construction, VarioUltra leads the industry in terms of compact design and weight. At 1/2 a pound, VarioUltra 20 weighs less than virtually all other braille devices, including some 14-cell displays from other companies. VarioUltra 40 is not far behind. At about 1 pound, it weighs less than all other 40-cell and 32-cell braille displays on the planet. 

The braille quality of a BAUM display is undeniable. Some customers remark that reading braille with VarioUltra feels amazing, not unlike the feeling you get when reading hard copy braille that has been freshly embossed on good quality paper.

  • REVIEW: An independent, private VarioUltra review, is available on the AppleVis web site. Posted by customer Scott Davert, this review was originally posted soon after VarioUltra was first introduced, and recently updated (2/6/17) by Scott. 

VarioUltra Braille Notetaker

When you use VarioUltra as a braille notetaker, you have access to a suite of productivity apps that include:

  • Word Processor: work with Word DOC/DOCX, PowerPoint PPT/PPTX, Rich Text Format RTF, Text TXT, and Braille BRF/BRL files
  • PDF Document Viewer
  • Spreadsheet Document Viewer: work with Excel XLS/XLSX files
  • Calculator: use as a Scientific Calculator, or as a basic calculator
  • Timers, clocks, alarms, stopwatch
  • File manager for accessing VarioUltra’s 32 GB of internal storage

There is also a help system on VarioUltra that includes PDF and RTF formatted copies of the user manual, and context sensitive help for virtually every feature and menu item.

Industry Leading Customer Service and Technical Support

All VarioUltra braille devices sold in the USA, and supported and serviced here too.

Our products are very, very reliable, and they come with a comprehensive 2-year warranty that covers everything — including the battery and carry case.

If something does go wrong, we pay to ship your VarioUltra back to BAUM (USA), fix the problem, and then ship it back to you. Although we aim to complete all repairs within 3-5 days, the vast majority of units returned for service are fixed and shipped back the same day they arrive.

Technical support is available between 8:30am and 4:30pm Eastern time, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays when our offices are closed. At all other times, technical support is available through the VarioUltra User List, or through BAUM Germany technical support.

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions and Weight
    • VarioUltra 20:
      7.4” (W) x 3.5” (D) x 0.7” (H)
      0.7 pounds 
    • VarioUltra 40:
      12.4” (W) x 3.5” (D) x 0.7” (H)
      1.1 pound
  • Device Operating System: Windows CE 6.0
  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Linux.
  • Connectivity: 1 USB connection and 4 Bluetooth connections
  • USB Ports:
    • USB 2.0 port for use with USB memory sticks
    • Micro USB for charging and for connecting with a computer, and for connecting a USB QWERTY keyboard 
  • Internal storage: 32 GB
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • External storage: none provided, though you can use a standard USB stick, or connect VarioUltra to your computer as an external drive
  • Supported file formats: DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PDF, BRF, BRL, RTF, TXT, PPT, PPTX
  • Battery life: 8 hours of continuous, connected use. 12 hours if using as a notetaker, unconnected. Note that the battery is internal and not user replaceable.
  • Manufacturer's warranty: 2 years
    • Service, support, and repair is provided by BAUM USA.
  • Extended warranty: 
    • Extended warranty takes effect after the factory warranty expires, and includes:
      • Optional cleaning of braille display once per year
      • Replacement battery once every three years
    • Customers taking advantage of the optional cleaning and/or replacement battery offered under the extended warranty are responsible for shipping their VarioUltra to BAUM (USA) for service. BAUM (USA) will cover the cost of return shipping.
    • If warranty coverage lapses for any reason, we reserve the right to inspect devices prior to offering extended warranty coverage. 
    • The warranty can be extended up until VarioUltra is 5-years old. Thereafter, we offer repair and maintenance service at our then-in-affect parts and labor pricing. 
    • Discounts apply for customers paying for 2 or 3 years of extended warranty at one time. 
  • Supported Screen Readers: 
    • COBRA, NVDA, JAWS, and SuperNova 15.03: via USB and Bluetooth
    • WindowEyes: via Bluetooth 
    • VoiceOver on iOS Mac OSX Yosemite and newer computers
    • TalkBack/BrailleBack on Android devices
  • Languages: VarioUltra has support for 17 different languages including: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Croation, Kurdish, Arabic, Russian, Hebrew, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Polish, and Eurobraille.
  • 30-day money back guarantee. In the unlikely event you do not love VarioUltra, you may return the device for a refund. Conditions apply, including the need for the device to be returned in “as new” condition, along with all accessories, documentation, and original packaging. Any product damage or missing components will affect your refund amount. Read our return policy.

VarioUltra FAQ Document:

Video Demonstration.

A new “Introduction to VarioUltra” video is now available. Running approximately 10 minutes in length, this video provides an overview of VarioUltra, using the VarioUltra 20 unit. The direct link to this video is https://youtu.be/CKfPk6OY7bQ

NOTE: BAUM (USA) only sells and ships to customers who are resident in the USA. If you live in another country, please contact BAUM Retec AG in Germany for ordering information in your country.

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