1977 Casio MQ-1 Horizontal Calculator

Time to share the first mini clock and calculator combo from Casio. An unusual design, the MQ-1 horizontal layout, and yellow-tinted LCD. As you’ll later discover in the ‘Pocket Calculator Museum’, the succeeding models in the MQ line offer more features, but none may be quite as charming as their first. This micro-computer has a hinged cover on the right to expose calculator and setting buttons for the clock, stopwatch and calculator. Remarkable Casio quality in a tiny package could be attained in 1977 for about $50. These have jumped in demand over the last few years: news was uncovered that the MQ-1 was used as a prop for Star Wars character Boba Fett.

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