Fifty Shades of Beige

The holiday season gave me the chance to de-yellow my Brother AX-30 following the guidelines published at Brian's Blog-A-Ma-Jig ( (link now broken) ... To summarize and greatly over-simplify, ultraviolet light destabilizes the plastic and changes it on a molecular level, resulting in yellowing. Fortunately, this process is reversible by exposing the plastic to ultraviolet … Continue reading Fifty Shades of Beige

The Brother Electronic (Electric) 9300

All electronic typewriters are, by necessity, electric, but not all electric typewriters are electronic. Very few in fact ... Advertising to mark the Australian release of these typewriters appeared in June 1982: "Introducing the revolutionary new low price, high performance electronic.Weighing in at a mere 8.7kgs, the Brother 9300 gives you the convenienceof an office … Continue reading The Brother Electronic (Electric) 9300

Plugged in with Brother (Office ETs)

What is an office electronic typewriter? In this context we mean a full-size professional-level typewriter targeted at the large office environment, what the Germans refer to as a Büroschreibmaschine. While many compact (semi-professional) electronic typewriters could be (and were) used in a large office environment, they were targeted at the so called SOHO (small or … Continue reading Plugged in with Brother (Office ETs)

Plugged in with Brother (Compacts)

What is a "compact" electronic typewriter? In this context "compact" means a semi-professional electronic typewriter, which, relative to a full size "office" machine, is compact in size. These mid-level machines will typically have a typing speed anywhere between 13 and 18 characters per second. Typically, electronic typewriters in the Compact category will have: A 381 … Continue reading Plugged in with Brother (Compacts)

Plugged in with Brother (Portables)

How to define portable or personal electronic typewriters? Personal electronic typewriter for home or small office use. These low-end machines will have a typing speed anywhere between 10 and 14 characters per second, and a print quality legible on the original sheet plus 2 copies. There is some overlap between the portable and compact categories … Continue reading Plugged in with Brother (Portables)

Brother AX-325 Instruction Guide

This 1994 charcoal-grey USA-made Brother AX-325 portable electronic typewriter shares the same scalloped design as my UK-made Brother AX-440; the same slightly asthmatic print carrier, the same slightly arthritic wheel, the same stated top speed of 12 cps.. In this case, of course, there's no LCD screen, no eco-friendly sticker. The charcoal-grey body, in stark contrast to … Continue reading Brother AX-325 Instruction Guide