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OS X: Supported braille displays in Mavericks

Learn which braille displays you can use with VoiceOver on OS X Mavericks v.10.9 or later.

OS X includes USB and Bluetooth drivers for braille displays that can be used with VoiceOver. Here is a list of braille displays that you can use with OS X Mavericks.

Alva

  • Alva BC640 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Alva BC680 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Alva 544 Satellite - USB
  • Alva 544 Satellite Traveller - USB
  • Alva 570 Satellite Pro - USB
  • Alva 584 Satellite Pro - USB


American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

  • APH Refreshabraille 18 - USB or Bluetooth


Baum

  • Baum PocketVario 24 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Baum Pronto! 18 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Baum Pronto! 40 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Baum SuperVario 32 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Baum SuperVario 40 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Baum SuperVario 80 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Baum VarioConnect 12/Conny 12 - Bluetooth. Note: VoiceOver may identify this display as "HumanWare BrailleConnect 12".
  • Baum VarioConnect 24 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Baum VarioConnect 32 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Baum VarioConnect 40 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Baum VarioPro 64 - USB
  • Baum VarioPro 80 - USB


Deininger

  • Deininger Pegasus 42/4 CR - USB
  • Deininger Pegasus 82/8 CR - USB


Eurobraille

  • Eurobraille Esys 12 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Eurobraille Esys 24 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Eurobraille Esys 40 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Eurobraille Esys Light 40 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Eurobraille Esys 64 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Eurobraille Esys 80 - USB or Bluetooth


Freedom Scientific

  • Freedom Scientific Focus 14 Blue - USB or Bluetooth
  • Freedom Scientific Focus 40 - USB
  • Freedom Scientific Focus 40 Blue - USB or Bluetooth
  • Freedom Scientific Focus 44 - USB
  • Freedom Scientific Focus 70 - USB
  • Freedom Scientific Focus 80 - USB
  • Freedom Scientific Focus 80 Blue - USB or Bluetooth
  • Freedom Scientific Focus 84 - USB
  • Freedom Scientific PAC Mate 30 - USB
  • Freedom Scientific PAC Mate 40 - USB
  • Freedom Scientific PAC Mate BX420 (Display Only) - USB
  • Freedom Scientific PAC Mate BX440 (Display Only) - USB
  • Freedom Scientific PAC Mate QX420 (Display Only) - USB
  • Freedom Scientific PAC Mate QX440 (Display Only) - USB


HandyTech

  • HandyTech Active Braille 40 - USB or Bluetooth
  • HandyTech Basic Braille 16 - USB or Bluetooth
  • HandyTech Basic Braille 20 - USB or Bluetooth
  • HandyTech Basic Braille 32 - USB or Bluetooth
  • HandyTech Basic Braille 40 - USB or Bluetooth
  • HandyTech Basic Braille 48 - USB or Bluetooth
  • HandyTech Basic Braille 64 - USB or Bluetooth
  • HandyTech Basic Braille 80 - USB or Bluetooth
  • HandyTech Braille Star 40 - USB or Bluetooth
  • HandyTech Braille Star 80 - USB
  • HandyTech Braille Wave - USB or Bluetooth
  • HandyTech Braillino - Bluetooth
  • HandyTech Easy Braille - USB or Bluetooth
  • HandyTech Modular Evolution 64 - USB
  • HandyTech Modular Evolution 88 - USB


Harpo

  • Harpo BraillePen - Bluetooth
  • Harpo BraillePen 12 - Bluetooth


HIMS

  • HIMS Braille Edge 40 - USB or Bluetooth
  • HIMS BrailleSense OnHand 18 - USB or Bluetooth


HIMS / GW Micro

  • HIMS / GW Micro BrailleSense - USB or Bluetooth (with optional Bluetooth module)
  • HIMS / GW Micro BrailleSense Plus - USB or Bluetooth
  • HIMS / GW Micro SyncBraille 20 - USB
  • HIMS / GW Micro SyncBraille 32 - USB


Humanware

  • Humanware BrailleConnect 12 - Bluetooth
  • Humanware BrailleConnect 24 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Humanware BrailleConnect 32 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Humanware BrailleConnect 40 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Humanware BrailleNote Apex BT - USB or Bluetooth
  • Humanware BrailleNote Apex QT - USB or Bluetooth. Note: VoiceOver only supports the navigation keys.
  • Humanware BrailleNote mPower BT 18 - Bluetooth
  • Humanware BrailleNote mPower BT 32 - Bluetooth
  • Humanware BrailleNote PK - Bluetooth. Note: Identified as "Humanware BrailleNote mPower BT 18" by VoiceOver
  • Humanware Brailliant 24 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Humanware Brailliant 32 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Humanware Brailliant 40 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Humanware Brailliant 64 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Humanware Brailliant 80 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Humanware Brailliant BI 32 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Humanware Brailliant BI 40 - USB or Bluetooth

KGS

  • KGS Braille Memo Pocket 16 - USB or Bluetooth

MDV

  • MDV Lilli - USB
  • MDV MB408L - Bluetooth


Ninepoint Systems

  • Ninepoint Systems Cebra - USB
  • Ninepoint Systems Ninepoint - Bluetooth
  • Ninepoint Systems Novem - USB or Bluetooth


Nippon Telesoft

  • Nippon Telesoft Mini Seika 8 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Nippon Telesoft Mini Seika 16 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Nippon Telesoft Seika Version 3 - USB
  • Nippon Telesoft Seika Version 4 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Nippon Telesoft Seika v5 - USB or Bluetooth
  • Nippon Telesoft Seika 80 - USB


Optelec

  • Optelec EasyLink - Bluetooth
  • Optelec EasyLink12 - Bluetooth
  • Optelec Voyager 44 - USB


Papenmeier

  • Papenmeier Braillex EL 40s - USB
  • Papenmeier Braillex EL 80s - USB
  • Papenmeier Braillex Trio - USB or Bluetooth

Additional Information

For iOS device compatibility, see iOS: Supported braille displays.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
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