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Programmable calculators with QWERTY keyboards?

can't remember Page Icon Posted 2021-05-23 1:30 AM
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Kind of HPC-ish, I've recently discovered this beauty for sale. What's your opinion about a device like that? Would you get one if you could?
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stingraze Page Icon Posted 2021-05-23 4:14 AM
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I had something like it, the Casio VX-4. It is called Pocke-Con, abbreviation for Pocket Computer. There were ones by Sharp too. People older than my generation used it in high schools and universities in Japan.
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can't remember Page Icon Posted 2021-05-23 5:01 AM
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I found a big manual for that one (and a few similar models). It seems like such a shame that in-device C programming never took off. Was the keyboard comfortable to use? Do you remember how long the batteries lasted? I only had a basic scientific Casio calculator for university, no plotting graphs or programming on it was possible, but I remember being very impressed by one of my classmates' graphing calculator.
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stingraze Page Icon Posted 2021-05-23 5:59 AM
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Thanks for the link to the manual, I downloaded it. The keyboard was really nice, it was firm and stable. I didn't get to use for very long, but the alkaline battery should have lasted for months depending on the usage. When I was in highschool, I got to use the TI-84, but I personally like VX-4 better.
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