Eco-Conscious Adding Machine Poses A Question

Sometimes a new product is trumpeted as unique and groundbreaking, yet one sits back and wonders why. Such may be the case with Victor Technology’s Sharp EL-1901 eco-friendly alternative to traditional printing calculators, dubbed the industry's only paperless printing calculator. John Ringlein, President of Victor Technology, claims, "A lot of people think printing calculators are a thing of the past, but over 1 million units are sold each year in North America.  Last year our sales grew, which is great for a product first sold in the early 1900s."


Via user surveys and interviews, the company learned 66% of printing calculator owners do not use the print function or do not save their printed results. This research apparently led to the development of the eco-friendly EL-1901.

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EL-1901 paperless printing calculator

The EL-1901 paperless printing calculator has a primary 12-digit display and a secondary five-line adjustable tilt display where one would normally find a paper roll. This secondary display can scroll through 300 previous entries. Mistakes can be modified with the Check & Correct function.


The EL-1901 calculator has a primary 12-digit display and a secondary five-line adjustable tilt display.

Well, it’s quite clear that the noble product does not require resources like paper and ink, which makes it both environmentally and financially responsible. But why make a claim that it’s a “paperless printing calculator” when it does not print. It is inkless/paperless, but storing 300 editable calculations in memory is not printing, it’s called storing. Essentially, you could probably do all this on your smartphone, tablet, and/or laptop. If this still intrigues you, more info is available at ~MD

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