Swintec’s Samsung Swansong

Circa April 1989, the Swintec SW 65 is an e.t. manufactured for the American market:

In Australia, a brick-sized American step-down transformer is needed to go from 240 volts down to 110:

With its corporate headquarters in Moonachie, New Jersey, the Swintec Corporation was established in 1978 as an office equipment supplier selling electronic calculators and copiers. After establishing a lucrative OEM relationship with the Japanese manufacturer Nakajima All, by 1986, Swintec became the fourth largest supplier of electronic typewriters in the USA.

By the early 1990s, a second, less lucrative and short-lived OEM relationship was established with the Korean electronics giant, Samsung. Known models:

  • Swintec SW 65 (1989)
  • Swintec SW 85, 95 (1992?)

The SW 65 was sold under Samsung’s own brand as the SQ-1200, the lower spec model of a three model Samsung SQ (1200, 2200, 3200) series:

The SQ-1200 was also sold in the USA as the Packard Bell PB10TX, and in Europe as the Welco EX 200 and the Quasar 15-1500.

A Samsung SQ-3200 is pictured below:

Stylistically, these typewriters bear some resemblance to first series PA-3100 portable electronic typewriters manufactured by Sharp in Korea. The ribbon cassettes are similar too:

Samsung SQ series compatible ribbon:

But instead of a cassette printwheel like those used in Sharp’s PA 3100 series, the printwheel in e.t.s of the Samsung SQ (1200, 2200, 3200) is a non-cassette printwheel – it’s interesting to note, however, an in-situ sleeve which sits over the inserted non-cassette wheel and what *could* be a design modification to compensate for a non-cassette wheel:

If Samsung wasn’t simply “inspired” by the design of Sharp’s Korean-made PA-3100 series, it possibly obtained the patent rights via a licensing arrangement with Sharp or through an acquisition.

All subsequent Samsung portables take a Brother AX series compatible ribbon cassette. Manufactured in Korea, the Swintec SW 85 (pictured below) is based on the Samsung SQ-1250:

The Facit T90 Privat appears to be the same typewriter:

A Swintec 95 is so far unsighted, but is most likely based on the Samsung SQ-3000 …

… but not necessarily: A model with dual platen knobs is depicted in Australian advertising of September 1993 …

… and is possibly the same typewriter as this Brunswick MD …


Dual platen knobs and differently coloured function keys (both features of Samsung’s first portable series) suggest this is an earlier rather than later design variation. Both variations have a scooped or inset keyboard.

The Samsung SQ-1000 (also sold as the Commodore SQ-1000, below) is different and is the first in a later and more cheaply constructed (SQ-1000, 1500, 3000) series:

The series includes (confusingly) a second incarnation of the SQ-3000:

The Samsung SQ 1000 was also sold as the Commodore SQ-1000, Elite S-7000, Hanseatic Europa, Olympia Textstar, Privileg Electronic 1100, Royal RT 7300, Sigma SM 8000, Silver Reed EX-133 and Smith Corona Wordsmith 100.

The Samsung SQ-1500 was sold as the Royal RT 7500 and the Smith Corona Wordsmith 150.

The later Samsung SQ-3000 model was also sold as the Elite S-7500, Hanseatic Europa II, Leader MD, Olympia Textstar MD, Opperman S-7100, Privilege Electronic 2600, Royal RT 7700, Silver Reed EX-133 MD, Smith Corona Wordsmith 200 and Welco EX 260 DS.

It’s just as well Swintec dropped its “We Made It” advertising slogan (circa 1989):

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