1024MAK wrote:Browsing eBay, as you do, somehow I found myself looking at calculators (I blame this thread).
1024MAK wrote:BigEd wrote:My perception from BITD:
Sinclair: remarkableFor some reason, Casio and Sharp didn't pique my interest much. Later on, I came to like Sharp.
From my perspective, it was rather different...
At school when I discovered that electronic calculators existed, I had never heard of Sinclair, let alone Commodore.
So my first calculator was this one:
My parents gave it to me, but IIRC they already had it, so it was not new when I got it. I used this one for years.
But later on, I needed a calculator that could do more than add up, subtract, multiple and divide. So I looked through what was in the shops, and asked my parents for this one:
Which could also work with binary and hexadecimal, just right for someone doing computer studies
This was my second calculator, and as it happens, the first new and the last new calculator that I have ever had. Well, that's not quite true, I did buy a cheap calculator watch when at school. A bit of cheap junk. And I got a small basic calculator free with something once.
TI looked too complicated and were not cheap and I don't remember HP, but that may be because they were too expensive or not on sale in our local shops. The shops being WH Smiths, Boots, Woolworths, Argos and Dixons.
But in the later years at school, or it may have been at technical college, I wanted a calculator that could run BASIC programs. Like the 'rich' kid had (I have no idea if he was rich...).
Browsing eBay, as you do, somehow I found myself looking at calculators (I blame this thread). So of course, when I saw a Casio PB-410 going for a reasonable price, well...
I have no idea what model I played with when I was younger, but it does not matter.
Excluding mains powered computers, my next step, was Psion Series 3...
And they all still work, as you can see in the photos
fordp wrote:I had a Fx-451 at sixth form. Very good except the Flexi to the fold out keyboard breaks after a while.