Feb 8th, 2012 by Q
Casio has released their 2012 lineup of electronic dictionaries. The other three makers of electronic dictionaries in Japan- Canon, Sharp, and Seiko, are now primarily using lithium ion batteries in their dictionaries making them basically impossible to ship out of Japan because of the ban on lithium ion batteries on cargo planes here. So it’s a good thing that the Casio models are consistently better than the others – as they’re about all that are available internationally.
The across-the-board innovations in the Casio 2012 dictionaries are the new smooth scroll pad and the double microSD slots (allowing more add-on dictionaries to be used simultaneously). The smooth scroll pad allows you to scroll down pages with your finger by touching the right-hand side of the screen. Regarding the two microSD slots- the additional slot is for reading only- the first slot can both read and write to microSD cards.
The flagship model is of course the XD-D10000 “Professional.” There were a number of dictionaries added to the XD-D10000 that weren’t present in the XD-B10000. The most significant of these are:
Basically, the XD-D10000 is now the best dictionary tool now available for Japanese language professionals and scholars. All of the reasons that the XD-B10000 were so popular are present in the XD-D10000 with additional texts and enhancements. Casio did not disappoint.
The XD-D9800 takes off where the XD-B9800 of 2011 left off. It contains the same improvements in dictionaries as the XD-D10000: the new Kenkyusha English to Japanese Dictionary, the updated Kanji dictionary and newer Meikyo, an English to Japanese dictionary of natural science with 207,000 entries, and even adds the pair of Olex Japanese to English and English to Japanese dictionaries, which weren’t included in the XD-B9800. So the XD-D9800 is looking really nice as a cheaper option than the XD-D10000 with everything you would want.
XD-D7100: The 2012 German Dictionary contains the same Shogakkan German to Japanese Dictionary as the XD-B7100 as well as the Oxford German Dictionary, but replaces the Crown and Concise dictionaries with a pair of Access Dictionaries. These appear to be superior. The Access German to Japanese Dictionary has 16,000 more words than the Crown did and the Access Japanese to German Dictionary has 20,000 more words than the Concise does. The only other change of note in the texts is that the Kangorin Kanji dictionary has been upgraded to the 2nd Edition.
XD-D7200: The 2012 French Dictionary is nearly identical to last year’s XD-B7200. The Royal French to Japanese dictionary was actually downgraded to the New Petit Royal French to Japanese dictionary, which has half the number of words, unfortunately.
XD-D7300: The 2012 Chinese Dictionary has no significant additions compared to last year.
XD-D7400: The 2012 Italian Dictionary has no significant additions compared to last year.
XD-D7500: The 2012 Spanish Dictionary has added the Shogakkan Spanish to Japanese Dictionary with 80,000 words in addition to all the texts included in last year’s model.
XD-D7600: The 2012 Korean Dictionary has no significant additions compared to last year.
XD-D7700: The 2012 Russian Dictionary has no significant additions compared to last year.
XD-D7800: The 2012 Portuguese Dictionary has no significant additions compared to last year.