We have a treat here on Binary Wasteland today. We are going to take a trip back to 1963 when the costs of living was cheap and the technology was new and fresh. That is what todays review is all about, the latest and greatest no matter what era and at an affordable price. We have the Cavalier SpeedWriter on our benches today and we are going to take it for a spin to see what it is like. Take a look past the break and see what we found out!
Right out of the box we could see that it was the ultra portable model with the two intertwined rope handles on the case for carrying convenience. When the box is opened we are presented with a case on the back of the box that houses a pencil and type cleaner. When we draw our attention away from the sturdy case and back to the typewriter we see that it in itself is very sturdy.
The keyboard is set into the body of the typewriter and is quite the experience to use. We found the keys needed a little more force than todays typical keyboard. We liked the click clack the keys made when hitting the paper as well, almost bringing us back in time. Another joy was the classic carriage return when we finished a line and wanted to start a new one. We will let our readers know that writing a switch statement on this bad boy has never been so much fun!
We can focus now at the type head and the whole 82 keys that are available to us. We have a great selection of colors available to us. The two that we can choose from are Blood Red and Blackest Black. With these two colors, anything is possible, from editing documents to making your own newspaper. The greatest thing about the Cavalier SpeedWriter is that instead of sending a written document to the printer to be printed, that obstacle is eliminated as it is literally print as you type!
We thoroughly enjoyed using the Cavalier SpeedWriter as it gave a lot of perspective on what we have in regards to technology. It also shows us what we are lacking in technology as well, like the ability to print while we type. With our typing speeds well below par, we can’t say that we would have made it very fair in a typing position back in 1963. We do believe this was the latest and greatest and if you are fortunate to have one of these kicking around, we say keep it! If you have one of the SppedWriters or any other 1960′s, 70′s or 80′s computing equipment let us know in the comments below! Until the next development device review, Happy Hacking!