50 years ago Casio launched its first calculator. To commemorate this special occasion, Japanese company released the Casio S100 ‘Special One’, a $225 luxury calculator. At first glance, 183.0 x 110.5 x 17.8mm calculator which weighs about 250g (including a battery), and with no internet connection, no apps, no wireless connectivity, looks like a lot of other calculators. But, it does have craftsmanship. According to Casio, S100 calculator looses the die-plastic for something much more exotic, it uses an aluminum alloy for the casing which is precisely cast using ‘diamond cut treatment’.
The company has used an industry first “V-shaped gear link slim isolation keys.” with an unique gear link structure which deliver a uniform experience no matter which part of the key you press. In addition, with “isolation keys,” which have enough gaps in between, Casio made typing easy. Furthermore, the numbers on the keys are not printed but realized by “two-color molding.” As a result, the numbers will not be erased even after a long period of use.
If this was not enough it makes use of the industry first display window with a double-sided antireflection coating which us paired with a high-contrast LCD so even under direct sunlight the display is clearly available.
Priced at ¥27,000 (approx US$225, excluding tax), Casio S100 calculator will be available from September 30th. The company said it will manufacture 5,000 of these calculators a year.