A blog of calculators, old electronics, and maybe other stuff too.
31 October 2019
Calculatober Day 31: The Aroma of Chocolate Deluxe Calculator
This is it. The final day of Calculatober. I can't believe it's here. And it's Halloween. So I needed to review a Halloween-themed calculator. I'm just now realizing black cats are a great Halloween symbol but I did not include my cat in this review at all.
The Aroma of Chocolate Deluxe Calculator.
Here is The Aroma of Chocolate Deluxe Calculator, a calculator that is supposed to look and smell like chocolate. Right off the bat, they nailed the look. The creators went all out with the chocolate theme, from the packaging to the design of the device itself. It's pretty cool.
The calculator is wrapped in that paper/foil substance in which commercial chocolate is typically kept. I like where they're going with this.
And here's the calculator itself. It's cute. But this calculator is advertised as smelling like chocolate, so how does it smell?
It's pretty gross, actually. It smells like fake chocolate, and I don't know a better way to describe it. The odor rubs off on my fingers from a bit of use of the device, and it smells bad on me too.
The buttons are also pretty bad. They're this rigid type of rubber that makes using it pretty difficult and annoying. It feels like you need to press the buttons harder than you should and it's quite uncomfortable.
Inside are pretty standard, cheap components, including a ridiculously fragile plastic connecting ribbon. I really hate these things. Fortunately, you won't need to take this device apart since it requires no batteries. It's entirely solar-powered, but this means you absolutely have to keep it in light at all times during calculations. One brief moment of no light will completely wipe everything you've done.
I didn't taste this calculator because I'm not completely insane, so I can't confirm whether it's flavored like chocolate too.
It's a gimmicky calculator, but the creators at least commit completely to the gimmick. Normally I wouldn't keep the original packaging for a calculator made in the past twenty years, but for this one I'll make an exception.
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