Advances in text recognition technology, combined with Portset’s high quality speech synthesis, make document reading a simple task. The compactly sized, stand alone tabletop unit incorporates the latest American/British Voice technology. Portset’s speech engine gives male and female voices high clarity precision and intelligence that is necessary for such an application. The user can select voice gender and can vary the speaking speeds and pitch. the machine is simple to operate and provides features that will suit a wide range of users.