They also claim to correct 10X more mistakes than Microsoft Word.
Their site reads, “Scribens employs a sophisticated syntaxical recognition algorithm that detects even the most subtle errors in a text.”
But how good is that algorithm? Especially if it’s free?
1. The Interface is Simple and Straightforward
Scribens has a simple and comprehensive user interface that offers suggestions that can help writers avoid repeating the same mistakes time and time again.
2. Sophisticated Checker
Scribens is a very sophisticated checker.
It even detected our incorrect usage of brackets and suggested a correction.
On top of that, the tool also recommended spelling out numbers between ten and two, which is recommended by most style guides.
3. Helps Users Write With Clarity
While the checker doesn’t blatantly state it, it can help users write with more clarity by suggesting more refined replacements for common words.
4. Doesn’t Seem to Have Limitations
Most tools have daily word or page limits. Especially free ones.
But Scribens is an exception. It doesn’t appear to have a limit on the number of characters or words that can be analyzed.
5. Different Style Guides Available
Some checkers don’t disclose how they check information. But Scribens lets users decide whether they want to check their content using British English or American English vocabulary.
6. Extremely Diverse Device Compatibility
When it comes to device compatibility, Scribens blows most grammar checkers out of the water.
It offers extensions for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. On top of that, the tool is also compatible with:
- Word 2016 for Windows
- Excel 2016 for Windows
- Word 2016 for Mac
- Excel 2016 for Mac
- Word Online
- Excel Online
- Microsoft Office Suite
- Google Docs
- Google Sheets
- Mozilla Thunderbird
There’s even an option to add Scribens to your website with CKEditor.
But not everything about Scribens is perfect. Here’s what we would change about Scribens if we could.
1. Occasionally Inaccurate
If a grammar tool lacks accuracy, you can never be sure that you’re not missing important errors in your writing.
Unfortunately, Scribens missed this incorrect use of the word “their” when we tested it out.
2. No Plagiarism Option or Reporting Feature
There is currently no plagiarism checker feature with Scriber. The same can be said about any sort of reporting tool.
So if you need to export your grammar check to refer back to it later or print it out, you won’t be able to do that with this tool.
3. No Human Review or Multilingual Options
Scriber doesn’t currently offer human reviews, which can be expected from a free tool.
The only language currently supported by this checker is English.
4. Customer Service Form Doesn’t Work
On the Scribens site, users can fill out a contact page to get in touch with the Scribens team.
But when we filled it out to test the quality and speed of their customer service, the “Send” button didn’t seem to work.
After reloading the page and trying to send the form several times from different browsers and devices, we eventually gave up.
Luckily, there are no current costs associated with using Scribens.
Do I Recommend Scribens?
Yes, potentially. If you need an everyday grammar checker without all of the bells and whistles, this is a great option.
There doesn’t seem to be any limitations, which is great for a free tool. And the sophisticated features with suggestions are surprising for an unpaid checker.
And since it’s free, you won’t have to risk anything to try it out.
It’s good for basic stuff. For more advanced, check out something like Grammarly.