The Sporting Life SETTLER
Sinclair The Sporting Life SETTLER
Display is 8 digits, green fluorescent.
Four-function and betting calculations.
3v (2x AA batteries).
Main integrated circuits - National Semiconductor DS8881N and MM5799NBX/N.
162 x 93 x 29 mm. (6.4 x 3.7 x 1.1 ins).
"Assembled in Hong Kong
Designed in Great Britain."
Both circuit boards are marked "Radofin". Radofin was a company based in both London and Hong Kong which also sold calculators under its own name.
This has a similar casing to that used on the Sinclair President.
"The Sporting Life" is a British weekly sports newspaper, and a "Settler" is the person behind the counter in a betting shop. The newspaper sponsored the development of this calculator.
The Settler was also produced (not under the Sinclair name) as a desktop model - see the Settler desktop model on the Vintage Calculators site.
The circuit board. The large integrated circuits are the DS8881N and MM5799NBX/N.
In the mid to late 1970s there was little profit in the basic four-function calculator. Companies produced special-purpose calculators to make profits in sectors where there was little competition. There were a few other models of calculator with functions for use in betting that were sold in this period.
Vintage British Calculators
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