True credit-card-sized calculators – Casio SL-800

As it says in my bio for this site, I’m a calculator collector. Mostly Hewlett-Packard LCD calculators it must be said, but every now and then I pick up something from another manufacturer.

Back in the early 80s, I remember buying one of these Casio SL-800 calculators for fun, a gold one. And then – because it was the size of a credit card  -- I put it into my wallet, which of course sounded its death knell after a few months. They are just not that robust. Sad to say, my original one bent and came apart and I didn’t bother replacing it.

Gold and black Casio SL-800s

These SL-800s really are the size of a credit card, not only in width and length, but also in thickness. Yes, like a credit card, they’re only 0.8mm thick.

Casio SL-800 edge on

This is an edge on view of the black one with a quarter alongside for comparison.

As you can see, they’re a simple “four-banger” type calculator with memory, running off solar power. Originally made from 1983/84. Without the thickness feature, these two calculators would be totally and utterly uninteresting. Because they get wrecked pretty easily, they tend to go for relatively high prices on eBay, say between $50 and $100. Mine came with the original instructions, warranty document, and slipcase box and look unused.

(For fun, and to follow on from my previous post about continued fractions, the gold one is displaying 22/7 and the black one 355/113, the first two continued fractions – not counting 3, that is – for π.)

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#1 Jeroen Pluimers said...
30-Jan-12 12:18 PM

Hi Julian, your post got me to spend a while on a blog post that will go live in about 9 hours from now:

Thanks for the inspiration!


#2 Walt Maken said...
08-Sep-12 2:20 AM

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Julian, Speaking of credit card sized calculators have you seen ?

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