All my life, I've used calculators to solve math problems for me. I don't know the age demographics of my viewership, but I'd venture to guess that the previous statement is true for you reading this. Today's calculator is about both of these things: solving problems and our age.
|Sharp EL-T100A(B?) "The Brain Exerciser."|
But I'm getting ahead of myself. The EL-T100AB is the follow-up to the EL-T100A, which was functionally identical. In fact the manual that came with this calculator refers to it as the EL-T100A. It features a very large LCD screen for its size, and large buttons to match. This is the kind of calculator that focuses heavily on ease of use, yet it manages to look good doing it.
The buttons feel fantastic, and so does the rest of the calculator. It's made of plastic, but this is a very strong plastic that has little give when I try to bend it. Like other Sharp calculators I've reviewed, this one lives up to the quality that I've come to expect from them.
At the top of the buttons are two keys that change everything: Quiz and Age. These bring you to a little game that has you answering simple math questions as quickly as possible. You can choose either 25, 50, or 100 problems to solve. When you make a selection, a countdown of three seconds leads to either addition, subtraction, or multiplication questions.
|One of the many questions this calculator might ask of you.|
The calculator even keeps track of your highest scores, allowing you to keep track of your progression. It's all surprisingly fun and it works well.
I found this device at Goodwill for $8. Sadly, it appears Sharp has discontinued this device and I haven't been able to find any official retailers who still sell it. I almost feel bad for removing this device from its original packaging but let's be honest this isn't going to be high on any collector's list.
|Original packaging, front.|
|Original packaging, back.|
|Back of calculator.|
|Motherboard separated from key pad.|
|Keypad (slightly) disassembled.|