Typewriter, Typewriter, Typewriter?
Posted on February 1, 2014
Last weekend I picked up this Canon Typestar 6 electronic “typewriter” (circa 1984) for $10 in a “Good Sammy” Op shop…
In mitigation, let me explain that I only bought it for the “タイプライター, タイプライター, タイプライター” (“Typewriter, Typewriter, Typewriter”) Japanese carry case it came in…
(The three R’s: Repetition, Repetition, Repetition. If it’s good enough for The Fall it’s good enough for me!)
No power adapter, but the battery compartment houses 4 “D” size batteries. I purchased four of the same from the local supermarket and hey presto this thing works – however it struggles to feed standard A4 copier paper, and I’ll need to wait until the two rolls of fax paper I ordered arrive ($1 on eBay, $5 postage) before I can test it out properly.
Without a user manual it’s hard to know what the function keys do and what combination to press – but by trial and error I was able to type and print with it. I say “type and print” because that is exactly what you do – you type a paragraph, press the Enter key, and it prints.
While searching the Internet for a user manual, I came across a question that another lucky Typestar 6 owner had posted on an online forum:
“How do I activate typing mode?”
It’s not a lot to ask of a typewriter, is it, really? That it should actually write as you type? Sadly, no-one answered the question even though the answer is obvious:
Dude, buy a proper typewriter!
Sorry Canon, but the Typestar 6 is no typewriter – I don’t care how many times it’s written on the Japanese carry case – it’s a thermal dot matrix printer which just happens to have a keyboard attached.
Still — as unimpressed and underwhelmed as I am with the Typestar 6 — I am curious about some of these electronic “typewriters”. Don’t knock ’em till you’ve tried ’em, I say.
Well I tried the Typestar 6 and I can confirm what many of you may already know – it sucks!
Hmmm… wonder if that case will hold a Groma Kolibri? Now that’s a typewriter, typewriter, typewriter!
(Next post will feature a “proper” typewriter, I swear.)