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My every day on my desk is a Casio JS-10 D I have been using for years. I know I was using it in the mid 1990s by a company sticker on it but I think it pre dates that and I was given in around 1987 when I was working for a Volvo dealer.

In the Volvo dealer we were all given calculators and I put my name on mine front and back, never trust work colleges!

And yes when I had the scientific calculator I could work all but 2/3 of the functions now the basic Casio is just fine.

Back in the mid 1970s my father bought a desk top calculator, basic functions, but big keys that worked really well. Mains powered, they were £40 but he got a discount because the new battery model had just been introduced.

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I reckon the Casios from the early to mid 80s were some of the best built calculators out there.  They just never seem to fail, and have nice features like the overmoulded keys so the lettering doesn't even wear off. 

The one out of the quartet you saw earlier that I generally grab is this one.

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This one was taken into the office with me and was my "daily driver" there for the whole time I was there.

Nice clear display.

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Excellent quality keypad.

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For all it's just a basic pocket calculator and wouldn't have been anything special when it was made (April 1982) - it's just really nicely made.

While the VFD displays like this might have munched batteries back when everyone was using zinc-carbon cells (this does have provision for a mains supply - which would look rather comical on such a small calculator), it really isn't an issue with modern battery technology.  The pair of AAs in this one just now were fitted back in 2015...so I'd hardly say it chews through them.

Not quite as nicely made as the LC-826 (1980) though, which has additional features like case retaining screws which are proper machine screws into brass threaded inserts...on a pocket calculator.  In 1980 though that was probably rather an expensive one as LCD tech was still pretty new then - which is why it has the yellow filter on the screen.  LCD chemistry back then wasn't UV stable so they put the filter on there to protect it.  Apparently it worked!

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I do keep pondering getting another one of these in better condition as a companion for this apparently nigh on indestructible one...Though that means searching for things like this on eBay and I'm not letting myself do that.  I *know* what I'm like where things like this are concerned.  Especially if they're relatively inexpensive - because then I'll keep justifying picking up another one that piques my interest and before I know it I've got five of them in the post to me and I've spent five times what I originally set out with in mind. 

I did give away quite a lot of things like this from my collection a few years back - and yes I do kind of kick myself for that now.

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