Best Electric Typewriters

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 2, 2020
Despite the fact that a laptop is a far more impressive piece of technology, there's still no better device than a typewriter if you want to avoid distractions and focus on your writing. So look through our review of some of the best electric typewriters and take your pick. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Carriage
Printing pitch
Typing Speed
Power Source
Extras
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS

The device is capable of registrating up to 20 characters per second, a great feature for experienced users. The ten-line correction memory will allow you to erase words and sentences up to 700 characters. And, just like the majority of these devices, it also comes with a paper stand and a keyboard cover, the latter preventing the device from collecting dust.

CONS

The device is a bit heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

We would probably recommend this Nakajima electronic typewriter to people that type for a living, from professional writers to all kinds of journalists and columnists, or simply those whose job requires them to type a substantial amount of text in a limited amount of time.

detailed parameters
Type

Daisy wheel

Carriage

15" (11.5" typing width)

Printing pitch

10 (Pica) / 12 (Elite) / 15 (Micro)

Typing Speed

20 characters per second

Power Source

AC

Extras

Ten-line correction memory (700 characters max), Paper stand, Keyboard cover, Handle for easy carrying

Dimensions

18.9" x 16" x 5.67"

16.78 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The Word-Spell, 70,000-word dictionary with error-locating FIND feature, basically rivals high-end spell checkers. The feature even provides typographic and phonetic corrections. The automatic paper insertion feature will noticeably streamline the writing process. The handle will let you easily carry this machine. 

CONS

The 16-character LCD screen could've been bigger. 

OUR VERDICT

Though the Brother SX-4000 looks pretty unassuming, the machine is anything but. You'll be able to quickly and efficiently type/write for hours on a daily basis. The typewriter will let you keep the texts neat and error-free. Plus, the machine is as durable as they come.

detailed parameters
Type

Daisy wheel

Carriage

12.87" (9" typing width)

Printing pitch

10 (Pica) / 12 (Elite) / 15 (Micro)

Typing Speed

12 characters per second

Power Source

AC

Extras

One-line LCD screen, "Word-spell" 70,000-word dictionary with error-locating FIND feature, Automatic paper insertion, Self-demo feature, 2-in-1 paper stand and keyboard cover, Handle for easy carrying

Dimensions

16.4" x 15.1" x 5.3"

10 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The typewriter comes equipped with a programmable choice of 12 different tabulation options and an automatic centering solution. It will also provide you with the opportunity to type in bold, in case you ever need to highlight some parts of the text over the others. The sound that keys produce is reminiscent of the legacy mechanical models. 

CONS

Some people may find the sound the keys make a tad too loud. 

OUR VERDICT

The Nakajima WPT-150 will be able to fit only those customers that do not particularly care about the latest innovations and advancements in this field and would like to simply recreate that authentic old-school experience.

detailed parameters
Type

Daisy wheel

Carriage

13" (9" typing width)

Printing pitch

10 (Pica) / 12 (Elite) / 15 (Micro)

Typing Speed

12 characters per second

Power Source

AC

Extras

One-line correction memory (90 characters max), Paper stand, Keyboard cover, Handle for easy carrying

Dimensions

16.2" x 14.7" x 4.5"

11.3 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The self-demo function will quickly demonstrate all of the model's capabilities. The sophisticated automatic correction system with a 65 character lift-off memory will offer you almost as much freedom in terms of editing as a laptop will. The automatic paper insertion will save you some time and make the entire process of writing an essay or drafting any number of documents as effortless as possible.

CONS

Doesn't include a 15 (micro) printing pitch. 

OUR VERDICT

The reasons you should strongly consider the particular model from Brother boil down to a couple of factors - the impressive number of features that you normally wouldn't expect out of a model within this price range and the device's weight and dimensions that make it a really portable electric typewriter.

detailed parameters
Type

Daisy wheel

Carriage

12.87" (9" typing width)

Printing pitch

10 (Pica) / 12 (Elite)

Typing Speed

12 characters per second

Power Source

AC

Extras

Automatic "Word-Out"® correction system (65 character lift-off correction memory), Automatic paper insertion, Self-demo feature, 2-in-1 paper stand and keyboard cover, Handle for easy carrying

Dimensions

16.4" x 15.1" x 5.3"

10 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The LCD screen capable of displaying 2 lines worth of text will allow you to preview what you've written before actually printing it on paper. If you find some sort of mistake or simply something that you would like to change, the correction system will allow you to do just that, with one line of correction memory. 

CONS

The power cord is relatively short. 

OUR VERDICT

This Smith Corona electric typewriter will prove to be a great choice for people that have never used a typewriter as it will help them seamlessly transition from a laptop to a more orthodox technology.

detailed parameters
Type

Daisy wheel

Carriage

12" (9" typing width)

Printing pitch

10 (Pica) / 12 (Elite) / 15 (Micro)

Typing Speed

12 characters per second

Power Source

AC

Extras

Two-line LCD screen, 50,000 words spellcheck, One-line correction memory, 16K text memory, Paper stand, Keyboard cover, Handle for easy carrying

Dimensions

15.35" x 14.57" x 4.72"

~12 lbs

Warranty

1 year

Nakajima AE-710

Size to Rival the Speed

Another typewriter from Nakajima and this time the kind of model that not a whole lot of people would probably be able to truly appreciate despite all of its advantages. What makes this particular product somewhat of a niche choice isn't just the fact that the number of features people often expect out of an electric typewriter is somewhat limited. It is also 18.9" x 16" x 5.67" of overall dimensions and almost 17 pounds of weight, both of which make this model not necessarily the most portable option out there.

Of course, they didn't make this product so heavy and sizable just for laughs and giggles and it was necessary in order to secure 15 inches of carriage with 11.5 inches of typing width. It may have also been necessary to boost the typing speed that the device is capable of registrating from the standard twelve characters per second all the way up to twenty. And even though we have mentioned earlier that the model doesn't include a whole lot of the newest technologies, it does come with a pretty remarkable ten-line correction memory that will allow you to erase words and sentences up to 700 characters. And, just like the majority of these devices, it also comes with a paper stand and a keyboard cover, the latter preventing the device from collecting dust. The handle is another part of the package though, even with its help, carrying around such a hefty model would prove to be a bit of a challenge.

In conclusion, we would probably recommend this Nakajima electronic typewriter to people that type for a living, from professional writers to all kinds of journalist and columnists, or simply those whose job requires them to type a substantial amount of text in a limited amount of time.

Review of Nakajima AE-710 Electronic Office Typewriter

 

Brother SX-4000

Error-Free Writing

The Brother SX-4000 looks somewhat bland. Of course, that's how typewriters used to look more often than not. Still though, the device could use those old-school/classic aesthetics that hipster typewriters sometimes sport. Setting looks aside though, this is an excellent machine.

For starters, the one-line LCD screen lets you see the words you're typing. The 16-character screen is not necessarily something to write home about but enough to make the typing job easier.

The Word-Spell, 70,000-word dictionary with error-locating FIND feature, is awesome though. As far as we're concerned, this feature basically rivals high-end spell checkers apps/addons/software pieces. The feature even provides typographic and phonetic corrections.

We've seen automatic paper insertion before, so there's nothing to discuss here, except that the feature will noticeably streamline the writing process.

As it is usually the case, the self-demo feature can be used to explore the machine's various features and functions. These features and functions include the standard automatic carriage return, an interchangeable cassette ribbon, automatic relocation after correction, full line lift-off correction memory, and more.

Bottom line, though the Brother SX-4000 looks pretty unassuming, the machine is anything but. You'll be able to quickly and efficiently type/write for hours on a daily basis. The typewriter will let you keep the texts neat and error-free. Plus, the machine is as durable as they come, so you'll be able to rely on this device for years to come.

Review of Brother SX-4000 Electronic Typewriter

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Nakajima WPT-150

Old-School Experience

If you don't necessarily care for the latest advancements in the field and what you want is a machine that is as close to a classic typewriter as it gets without sacrificing the most necessary features in return, we would recommend looking into the Nakajima WPT-150.

It doesn't come with a spell check feature nor does it include an LCD display. Furthermore, the keys produce a sound that is reminiscent of the mechanical typewriters. Of course, the latter may easily turn off some of the customers, but people that aren't looking to recreate that classic experience shouldn't be considering this model in the first place. It is exactly the Daisy Wheel printing technology with its iconic sound that makes this model attractive to the previously mentioned crowd.

Nevertheless, like we said earlier, some of the newer technologies are simply too useful and convenient to get rid of, so the manufacturers made sure to include a pretty solid correction system that is limited to 90 characters. On top of that, the Nakajima electronic typewriter also comes equipped with a programmable choice of 12 different tabulation options and an automatic centering solution. Finally, it will also provide you with the opportunity to type in bold, in case you ever need to highlight some parts of the text over the others.

Again, as we have said earlier, the Nakajima WPT-150 will be able to fit only those customers that do not particularly care about the latest innovations and advancements in this particular field and would like to recreate that authentic old-school experience.

Review of Nakajima WPT-150 Electronic Typewriter

 

Brother GX-6750

Impressive Demonstration

While the Brother GX-6750 Daisy Wheel typewriter is still technically an entry-level model, what it offers is nothing short of impressive given the relatively affordable price tag that it comes with. Though we probably wouldn't be able to cover all of its features, we will try our best to bring your attention towards some of the most important or notable ones.

Speaking of notable, the model comes with a self-demo function that will quickly demonstrate all of the model's capabilities. With demo out of the way, you can put all of those capabilities to good use, like the sophisticated automatic correction system with a 65 character lift-off memory that will offer you almost as much freedom in terms of editing as a laptop will. There's also the automatic paper insertion that will save you some time and make the entire process of writing an essay or drafting any number of documents as effortless as possible.

The professional touch keyboard will prove to be a pretty great fit for students as well as professionals and businessmen in different fields. In addition to that professional keyboard, you will receive a variety of timesaving features, a solution that the manufacturers implemented in order to further improve the already impressive versatility of this product. The only real downside of the Brother electric typewriter is the fact that the number of fonts, known as the printing pitches, is a bit limited compared to other models in its price range. However, though we wouldn't be able to tell if these two are somehow related, the typewriter more than makes up for it with 16.4" x 15.1" x 5.3" of overall dimensions and only 10 lbs of weight, making it one of the most compact and lightweight models out there. Of course, even some of the heavier laptops still weigh less, but as far as typewriters go, this is about as light as these things get.

All of it considered, the reasons you should strongly consider the particular model from Brother boil down to a couple of factors - the impressive number of features that you normally wouldn't expect out of a model within this price range and the device's weight and dimensions that make it a really portable electric typewriter.

Review of Brother GX-6750 Daisy Wheel Electric Typewriter

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Smith Corona Word Smith 250

Your Perfect Transition Partner

The Smith Corona Word Smith 250 is the model we would recommend to the younger audience and those people that have never operated a typewriter and are looking for a good place to start.

First off, it is a Daisy Wheel model, so you will have the opportunity to experience that authentic clacking sound that makes people go back to the typewriters in the first place. Some of the same orthodox settings are still there as well, like the 12-inch typing carriage with a 9-inch typing width or printing pitch (number of characters in an inch of a running text) with choices including the 10 (Pica), 12 (Elite), and 15 (Micro).

But, in addition to these legacy settings, the Smith Corona electric typewriter also comes equipped with some of the newer solutions that will help people make a transition from a laptop to a typewriter. The LCD screen capable of displaying 2 lines worth of text will allow you to preview what you've written before actually printing it on paper. If you find some sort of mistake or simply something that you would like to change, the correction system will allow you to do just that, with one line of correction memory. The spell check capable of recognizing up to 50 thousand different words will also help with the transition for people that got used to the spell check system on their laptops. Finally, about 16k worth of text memory will allow you to save your documents more or less the same way a laptop would.

To put all of it differently, this Smith Corona electric typewriter will prove to be a great choice for people that have never used a typewriter as it will help them seamlessly transition from a laptop to a more orthodox technology.

Review of Smith Corona Word Smith 250 Electronic Daisywheel Typewriter

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What Is an Electric Typewriter?

The time of typewriters is over. Or is it? According to Washington Post and a variety of other media outlets, typewriters are actually making a comeback with the millennial generation. While it might seem somewhat counterintuitive since any computer is capable of offering everything that the typewriter does and then some on top of that, the latter actually has quite a few advantages over any computer or laptop connected to the Internet. 

First of all, there's a question of security. Since nobody can hack your typewriter and gain access to your files the same way people can with a computer hooked to the Internet, your intellectual possessions are safe and secure. On top of that, typewriters never crash nor do they buffer, load, or update themselves. These devices are portable, sturdy, and they do not include any distractions the way laptops do, so you can focus on your writing instead of checking social media. Finally, they look much cooler than any regular laptop, which may not be your primary goal but is always a plus nonetheless.

Once you acquire an electric typewriter, you might want to take a look at our review of the best office chairs that will allow you to type for hours in a comfortable position.

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Publish Date: 2018-05-16 10:55:22