The Essence PRO is a handheld direct selection and scanning communicator designed for use by individuals with communication, speech, neurological, or severe physical disabilities or spinal cord injury. It has a 14.1-inch touchscreen with 1024 x 768 resolution. In addition to the touchscreen, the user can interface with the Essence Pro using the on-screen keyboard, keyboard and mouse (included), visual and auditory scanning, or a 1-, 2-, or multi-switch pointer (switch not included). It features a language activity monitor and a digitized speech recording capability of 660 kilobytes per minute. The Essence Pro includes 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM and a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor for fast performance; three USB 2.0 ports; a USB mini-B; a USB keyboard and mouse; Infrared (IR) capabilities to interface with environmental controls; mounting plate for use with the Quick Release Mount (model QRM-2) (see separate entry); two-position tabletop stand; and a “Quick Start” guide and “Easy Start” manual with a tutorial on DVD. It also has built-in WiFi connectivity. An optional version of this system combines the functionality of a communicator and Windows XP computer and includes a CD RW/DVD-ROM drive Ethernet jack and a 60 GB solid state drive. A second option adds the ECOPoint eye control module (see separate entry) with a built-in player that will import WAV files and play MP3/WMA files in stereo; auditory prompts to aid individuals with visual impairments; Windows XP operating system including menu-driven programs and the ability to run software; PRC Application and Support Software (PASS); integrated Bluetooth connectivity; integrated headpointing system utilizes Madentec's Tracker technology; and multiple voice options. POWER: Uses one rechargeable lithium ion battery for up to eight hours of use; a charger is included. DIMENSIONS (LxWxD): 13.2 x 11.2 x 2.9 inches. WEIGHT: 6 pounds, 13 ounces. COLOR: Midnight black, berry blue, or oyster gray. WARRANTY: Two-year manufacturer’s warranty.