The Golf War: Olivetti vs Brother
Posted on April 8, 2017
As promised, a few comparison pictures of the Brother Super 7300 alongside the Olivetti Lexikon 82.
I have to say I much prefer the Brother. Having said that, the Brother is in excellent working and cosmetic condition whereas the Lexikon 82 isn’t. In fact it died. Black goo in and around the power switch indicates something got fried!
So it goes and so it doesn’t type (to paraphrase Vonnegut and Polt). But at least I snapped a few comparison pics to remember it by before I take it apart.
As I thought, the Lexikon 82 is lighter (just), has a flatter profile, and a more-or-less similar footprint.
The Super 7300 is more substantial in its size and in its build quality, and to my mind that’s what makes it better — plus it has a more tactile keyboard.
What struck me was how small the Olivetti element ball is compared with the Brother and IBM element balls. Oddly, many of the photos I took don’t show this. Take this image for example:
Olivetti, Brother and IBM element balls from Left to Right.
This image does show the difference, however that Olivetti ball still appear larger than it does to the naked eye. Strange that!
The Brother and IBM balls are of a similar size, (perhaps the Brother ball is a tad taller) and also similar in the respect that they have a jagged tooth bottom edge, whereas the bottom edge of the Olivetti ball is flat.
The Olivetti ribbon cassette is comparatively small too when compared against the Brother:
And apparently the Lexikon 82 element balls and ribbon cassettes are hard, if not impossible, to find, so the Brother Super 7300 wins on that score too. 😉