Vasco Translator M3 Review: Portable translator for over 70 languages

Deepak Gupta June 25, 2022
Updated 2022/06/25 at 3:03 PM

Do you travel or have you traveled abroad and had several problems understanding the waiters, the notices at the train station, or even, if at work, the people you are going to do business with? Well, if so, the Vasco Translator M3 could be a good investment and an asset to your travels.

Today we leave our review of this machine capable of translating more than 70 languages.

The Vasco Translator M3 is one of the main products of Vasco Electronicsan international company that has been operating since 2008 with the aim of developing electronic translators and dictionaries.

What sets this translator apart is the high number of supported languages ​​and the possibility of being able to take it anywhere (or almost) in the world without additional costs.

Specifications

Screen 240*320 QVGA 2.0" IPS
Processor MT6737V/WM Quad-core CA53 1.1GHz
RAM 1 GB
ROM 16 GB
Modem 4G
WiFi 2.4 GHz
Drums 1700 mAh
Size 1.9 x 4.9 x 0.5 in (49 x 125 x 13mm)
Weight 88 g
headphone jack mini jack (3.5mm)
USB port USB Type C

In the box

The Vasco Translator M3 box is very simple, but also neat and contains:

  • Vasco Translator M3
  • USB-A to USB-C charger
  • Transparent silicone cover to protect the device
  • Small wrist strap to attach the device to the wrist
  • Quick instruction book to get started
  • Safety instruction book

The Vasco Translator M3 is equipped with two microphones. All because the user is very likely to use it on the noisy streets of London or Paris. The microphones work simultaneously to recognize your voice and translate what you want to say without any errors.

In fact, the inclusion of the silicone cover and the bracelet is to be appreciated, being a device designed for travel use, these are very useful accessories.

Vasco Translator M3 design

As for the design, the Vasco Translator M3 is compact and light (88 grams), easy to carry in your pocket and is 49 x 125 x 13 mm.

On the front we find the screen, a 2-inch IPS QVGA of 240 x 320 pixels, and at the bottom two circular buttons that are mainly used to start speech recognition. On the right side there is a double button, which pressing the lower part turns it back, and pressing the upper part locks and unlocks the device. On the left side, there are buttons to adjust the volume.

Below is the USB-C charging port, a 3.5mm jack input for using headphones, the hole for the wristband, and two microphones. It also has two additional microphones on the upper side, a choice that is certainly suitable for allowing two speakers facing each other to get the most out of the translator.

Translation into over 70 languages

After turning on the Vasco Translator M3, a process that takes between 5 and 10 seconds, you can immediately access the main menu, where the various functions are listed.

The first is the main one, namely the voice translator, where it has a menu with two circular flags and the corresponding language on the side. You can choose languages from the huge list of supported and access the corresponding voice recognition by pressing the corresponding circular button at the bottom.

Translation is not always immediate, sometimes it takes a few seconds to process everything, but in any case, if you're not in particularly hectic contexts, it shouldn't be a problem. If you swipe your finger, you can also see the entire conversation history and replay all messages that interest you.

The accuracy in the translation declared by the company is 96%, it is now difficult to verify such a value for a device that speaks so many languages, but according to the tests carried out by us, the accuracy is really high and in most cases satisfactory. See the list of available languages herein the "Languages" area.

Vasco Translator M3 Chamber

The second, equally interesting feature is the one that allows you to translate text through a photograph. The specifications of the sensor used are not stated, but although it is not very fast in focusing, performs quite well, even in medium lighting environments with not very large texts.

It doesn't work perfectly with very dense text, such as long, short descriptions on a product package. In this case, the camera has difficulty focusing and the result is not optimal.

extra features

In the menu there are other functions called MultiTalk and TranslaCall.

MultiTalk is a feature that allows you to access a session with other users from all over the world using the same device. In practice, you can talk to people who speak different languages ​​and the Vasco Translator M3 will translate everything in real time to allow you to communicate in your native language.

The TranslaCall function is designed for calls with foreign parties. In practice, it is necessary to use the smartphone in loudspeaker mode and bring the Vasco Translator M3 close to allow it to hear and translate the speech in real time.

The idea is certainly interesting, but there is a need for the collaboration of the other person, since the device is not immediate and a little patience is needed between one sentence and another.

Then there is still the possibility of accessing to a series of lessons in several languages. The device will offer you several words with their translations in the chosen language. There's also a system that tracks progress and it works pretty well, but it only seems useful for learning a few words, not really learning the basics of a language.

Either way, it's a welcome extra feature that can also be quite fun.

Verdict of Vasco Translator M3

The Vasco Translator M3 has room for improvement but is already extremely valid as it is. Its strengths are certainly the vast support for many languages ​​and the presence of a SIM with unlimited Internet traffic to work in almost 200 countries - a real convenience for traveling considering that tariff plans abroad are not always cheap.

The company could think of integration systems between the translator and the smartphone, in order to be able to take advantage of the camera and the mobile phone screen, which are certainly more efficient, without overloading the cost of the translator. After all, we are talking about software based on Android, so it shouldn't be impossible.

Vasco Translator M3

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