Retro Scan of the Week: And Now…The Atari Calculator

January 15th, 2007 by Benj Edwards
Atari Calculator

In the heart of every Atari, whether it be a computer or a game system, is nothing more than a glorified calculator. But chances are that it doesn’t have a durable folding case or “32 step auto recall.”

I bought this Atari calculator a few years ago as a curiosity. I always wanted one back when I was an Atari freak in the early ’90s. It remains as you see it, within its creased blister pack. It’s so much more fun to look at than to use, especially since a dead llama could cough up the equivalent in terms of capability these days. And unfortunately, the only game you could play on this Atari is typing in “1134” and turning it upside down for a laugh.

Anybody else have an Atari calculator out there? Tell us about it!

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8 Responses to “Retro Scan of the Week: And Now…The Atari Calculator”

  1. KitsuneDarkStalker Says:

    These are pwnage for collectability…but TI-series naturally kicks it’s ass.

  2. Carlos Bragatto Says:

    You can also input:

    58008 (boobs)
    5717 (tits)


  3. Ray Allen Says:

    Yes I have this plus the bigger CC1900

    I also seem to remember I had a third one but I cant find it. Not sure if I imagine it.

  4. MaryLou Says:

    Yes, I also have an Atari Calculator. I’ve used it almost daily for well over 20 years. It is 32 step auto recall – Model CC1010. It has dual power, both battery (still using original battery) and solar power. I got it when I worked in an Atari store in the 80’s.

    I also have an Atari Lasercraft paperclip holder. It has the Atari logo and the words Atari on the front and A Warner Communications Company. Is made of wood. Has gotten somewhat scratched up over the years but I still use it. And, I almost forgot, I have a matching Lasercraft Notetaker holder, model 160 to use with the small post-it pads. They are made of solid walnut.

  5. john Says:

    I just used a beige one with a springloaded display, whatever model. Whether it seems stupid brand extension or not, it seems to be good quality. It was in the sun at 100 degrees or so and the screen was black when I picked it up, but went back to normal in a few minutes. I just bought a calc from Walmart this week and the number display was flawed from the first moment.

  6. Sven Says:

    I’ve got a model CC191 ATARI calculator. It’s a compact metal case calculator. Seems very heavy duty compared to todays plastic stuff. I got it with a subscription with a magazine. I think it was ATARI ST User. The UK magazine. The calculator is solar powered but it also needs a LR54 battery which is now dead. I will replace the battery and see if the calculator works.

  7. Don Holmberg Says:

    Yes, I have the same model. Still in the package, like yours… it’s a little too precious for me to use day-to-day, I have a 20 year old TI calc for that!

  8. Jay Latham Says:

    I have a awesome atari folding calculator cc-1200 for sale….make me an offer.

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