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Which machine do you like best?
I purchased the Passport about eight months ago and just hated it. I could not get one with that machine for the life of me. I would hit keys and other keys would show up that my fingers did not touch.
I ended up selling it to a friend and purchasing the Diamante. I am much happier. I don't much care for Stenograph, but the machine is so much better.
What's your experience?
Have you tried using it through your laptop instead of your steno machine? That would solve the issue.
As a work-around for the earbuds-to-laptop issue, Radio Shack sells a set of wireless headphones for about $60.
These consist of a base unit/charger, which plugs into an outlet on one end, and the other to your sound out port, and (of course!) the headphones themselves.
Not sure about the quality of these, as I use a different brand that cost about half the RS price ... but it would solve the roving reporter issue ... sort of.
I was under the impression that you couldn't get a Diamante shimmed ...? Have you heard otherwise?
My local steno repair ninja says he's not even authorized to open a Diamante up!
Hmmm ...! Maybe a trip down to Advantage might be in order. Do you know anyone in Florida? If so, you can test the writer right there, and they can help you make adjustments to it so it will work when you get back home! :o)
I LOVE my DIamante. I am an Eclipse writer, and hate the idea of using a SG product, as I have not had a pleasant lifetime of experiences with them, but I do love the Diamante.
I had so many back problems prior to using it.
Another great thing about any wireless writer is when I have to go sidebar in court, I just disconnect the writer from the tripod, and I am on wireless realtime, so it is all ready to go!