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Orbit Reader 20

Product code: HT358
£538.80 (inc VAT) £449.00 (ex VAT)

The ex VAT price will apply to blind or partially sighted people, or someone buying on their behalf.

This compact and revolutionary refreshable braille display offers easy book reading and note-taking at an affordable price. The Orbit Reader 20 is portable and features 20 refreshable eight-dot braille cells. It offers reading books via SD card, simple note-taking, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Claire talks about the Orbit Reader 20, View below: 

RNIB Connect members are able to purchase the Orbit Reader 20 at the discounted price of £399 ex VAT. Simply type in the offer code when prompted on the basket page. If you're not already an RNIB Connect member, you can sign up when you order to receive the discounted price; simply call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999.


The Orbit Reader 20 is portable and features 20 refreshable eight-dot braille cells. It offers reading books via SD card, simple note-taking, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. 

As a stand-alone device, you can read content stored on an SD card that simply inserts into the back of the unit. Prepare and download you pre-translated materials as brf, brl or txt files and transfer them to the SD card provided. Use any braille code, in any language and of any genre including music, maths, or your favourite book. 

The Orbit Reader 20 from RNIB comes with pre-installed content, including a variety of books and a searchable Oxford English Dictionary. 

Use Bluetooth to connect to your Apple, Android or Kindle device and access a world of books through reading apps such as Kindle®, Adobe Digital Editions® or iBooks®. The translation into braille is performed by your devices screen reader to give you a quick braille output on your Orbit Reader 20.


  • 20 refreshable eight-dot braille cells; pins represent any six or eight-dot braille code.
  • Eight braille input keys and space bar and two panning control bars.
  • Five-way arrow and select control keys; navigation commands let you easily move around books and magazines.
  • SD card; pre-installed with a selection of books when purchased from RNIB.
  • Reads content of files on an SD card for stand-alone operation.
  • Connects to computers and portable devices via USB or Bluetooth for use with a screen reader.
  • Simple note-taking capability.
  • Micro-B USB charging/communication port.


  • Dimensions (width depth height): 168mm x 112mm x 35.56mm (6.61 x 4.41 x 1.4 inches).
  • Weight: 450grams (0.99lb).

Further information

You can find answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the Orbit Research website. The Orbit Reader 20 support page hosts the most current version of the firmware and user manual and other supporting documents and information.

RNIB Connect

RNIB Connect brings people together (locally, regionally and nationally) with similar experiences, interests or identities to share information, knowledge and skills. You’ll receive support and encouragement to both organise and access local activities and events. Connect strengthens the voices of blind and partially sighted people in campaigning for change. Being an RNIB Connect member enables a deeper relationship with RNIB to influence and support what we do and how we do it. 

If you're not already an RNIB Connect member, you can sign up when you order to receive the discounted member price for this product; simply call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999.

The Orbit will arrive with a Quick Start Guide in braille (Grade 2) and a Quick Start Guide in print, the full instructions will also be on the SD card which will be in the machine.

Please find below links to download the full instructions and quick start guides: 

Quick Start instructions:

Returns and warranty:

  • 12-month warranty
  • if your Orbit Reader 20 is faulty within the first 12 months we’ll replace with a new unit from stock; we must receive your faulty unit back first. Please keep your SD card.

We will make every effort to deliver within 5 working days, however if  you have not received your goods within 10 working days please contact our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 who will be able to help you. Please note that for special orders the delivery can take up to six weeks and this is stated in the product details, where relevant.

Most of our products and some publications in large print (16 point and above) can be sent by freepost under the 'Articles for the Blind' scheme.

However, the Articles for the Blind scheme offers no guarantees of delivery or insurance for valuable items. We do, therefore, have to make delivery charges for some high value products which need to be sent by a special delivery method. Where a product incurs a delivery charge this is highlighted in the product details and will be added to your order at checkout.

When we send your products, the package will include a 'dispatch note' with details of the contents. It is really important to check this against the actual contents of the package and alert us immediately (within 7 working days) of receiving the order about any discrepancies. 


If you find this product is unsuitable for your needs, or is faulty, then follow our returns instructions to ensure we deal with your enquiry efficiently.  Some products cannot be returned.  More information can be found in product description where applicable. 

Special order products are non-returnable unless faulty. We kindly ask our customers to ensure that any faulty products being returned are packaged securely for stable transit, or the warranty may be voided. Where possible, please use the original packaging. These include specially ordered items that are not part of our standard range. This also includes personalised items, including computer packages, as well as special order canes, walking sticks and more.