Mantis Q40 QWERTY Keyboard and Braille Display


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A First-Of-Its-Kind Keyboard And Refreshable Braille Display

Keep braille at your fingertips anytime, anywhere, with the Mantis Q40: a first-of-its-kind Bluetooth® keyboard and 40-cell refreshable braille display from HumanWare and APH. With the Mantis, students and professionals no longer need to choose between a keyboard or a braille device – at the same time a professional or a student is typing on the Mantis, the refreshable braille below the keyboard is providing a multimodal braille complement to the screen reader, making it easier to participate in, and succeed at school or at work.

Simple, Easy, Smart, and Enjoyable

Pair the Mantis Q40 with your screen-reader and laptop or smartphone. As you type on the Mantis’ comfortable laptop-sized keys, the refreshable braille line below the keyboard simultaneously provides braille reinforcement to your chosen screen reader via a Bluetooth or USB connection.

Use on the go as an autonomous all-in-one braille reader and notepad.

Mantis Q40 includes onboard memory and Editor application allowing you to make, save and share quick notes on the move.

Make the most of your time; Mantis’ Book Reader application allows you to open and read work documents, school assignments and the latest novel from your favourite author, in crisp refreshable braille.

The Braille Display That Answers Your Needs

HumanWare’s core mission is to offer innovative products to people with visual impairments that allow them to live independently and compete effectively in today’s world. HumanWare and APH are proud to introduce Mantis Q40, an innovative tool that answers the basic needs of people with visual impairments looking for a QWERTY keyboard with a 40-cell display to use at work or at school.

Compatible with:

  • Windows 8 and above using JAWS 18+, NVDA, and Narrator
  • MacOS 10.15.+ Catalina
  • iOS 13.5.1+

Quick Overview

  • All-in-one, full-size QWERTY laptop-style keyboard and built-in 40-cell refreshable braille display – students and professionals no longer need to sacrifice the use of braille when using a keyboard.
  • Supports up to 5 Bluetooth connections, along with one USB connection.
  • Functions as another device’s keyboard when connected via USB or Bluetooth; functions as a stand-alone device when not connected.
  • Note-taking.
  • Online library access such as Bookshare.
  • Toggles between QWERTY and Perkins-style input when using the onboard smart applications only. Does not apply when connected to a host device.
  • Supports .doc, .docx, .txt, .brf, and .brl files.
  • Thin and lightweight, easily fits in a laptop bag or backpack.
  • <Click here to review the Braille Reader Differences>

Release Notes

Version 2.0 – Brailliant BI X and Mantis Q40 update

HumanWare announces the launch of a significant KeySoft Lite update to the Brailliant BI X braille displays, including unlocking audio capabilities, a new braille editor application, and improvements to the terminal connectivity.

Mantis Q40 also inherits the latest update but will not include audio capabilities since the device does not have audio components. “It’s with great pleasure that we can continue to drive braille displays forward with additional capabilities that allow us to break down more barriers and give our customer base more value. Since the launch of the Brailliant BI X, one of the questions many people ask is about the stereo speakers and audio jacks that are available on these devices with no use. Today is the start of unlocking audio capabilities, and I am excited to say it’s just the beginning. We have also significantly improved the terminal to allow a more seamless connection to use as a braille display.” says Andrew Flatres, Product Manager.

New KeySoft Lite Braille editor application

Braille, braille, and braille, who doesn’t use braille files. The latest update brings full native braille file support, allowing creation and reading without requiring translation. A quick shortcut to create braille files on the go is also welcomed. Click here to view the video tutorial: Export Braille files from KeyBrf

Victor Reader now supports unprotected DAISY and NISO audiobooks

The start of audio capabilities has risen from the introduction of playback to unprotected Daisy and NISO audiobooks. Listen and browse through DAISY books using various navigable elements provided by the book. Click here to find out how to play unprotected Daisy and NISO audiobooks

Terminal improvements

The addition of new user settings to detect the connection to a computer makes it easier to switch to the braille terminal. Disabling the braille keyboard and a more straightforward approach to establishing a Bluetooth pairing and improves switching between connected devices. Click here to view a snapshot video tutorial: New Editor and user settings

New Global shortcuts

Switching between applications now being possible allows one to quickly jump to a specific application without returning to the main menu. Click here for the video tutorial: Version 2 New Global shortcuts


This update brings further localization for the Brailliant BI X, including Hebrew and Ukrainian. Polish has also been added to the Mantis Q40.



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What’s in the box?
  • The Mantis Q40 braille display
  • USB-C charging cable with power supply (works with any USB charger, but may charge slower)
  • User Guide (stored on the device)
  • TPU case (Green)
  • uick start guide print
  • Specifications:
  • Weight: 1.7 lbs
  • Dimensions: 6.69 × 11.4 × 0.78 in
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • 40 Braille cells with cursor keys
  • WIFI 802.11 b/g/n - Supporting 2.4ghz only
  • 16Gb Internal storage
  • SD card – Maximum 64 GB
  • USB-C
  • USB Host Type A connector
  • Haptic feedback
  • Removable battery with 15 hrs autonomy
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