SHARP EL-2135 Twin Power Calculator - Soft Box
This is my SHARP EL-2135 Twin Power heavy duty desktop accounting calculator, and it's the best. I can safely say that it has become one of my best friends, for I am now forced to spend most of my time with it.
This 17-year old calculator was bought by my mother for 130 EGP back in 1992, and was passed down to me - the latest accountant in the family - in 2004, my first year of college.
It runs on both a battery and solar power; the battery ran out back in 1998 and it's been running on solar since. The many years of history and wear show on it, particularly on the aluminum frame around the LCD screen. However, for a calculator this old, I'm surprised at its current condition because it's been used just about every day of its life.
I have not yet been able to find a calculator as sturdy or as durable as this one is. Not only is it durable, but it is also extremely comfortable and ergonomic to use. The keys are very responsive and give great tactile feedback, which is great for touch typing.
Despite the fact that this calculator has been discontinued quite a long time ago, I have found it for sale online for over 80 USD, which is about 4x price at which my mother purchased it in 1992.
This calculator has been - and still is - a great companion, and I don't know what I would have done without it... probably would have had to use a different calculator.