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Brother SX-4000 Electronic Typewriter

by Brother
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List Price: $279.99
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  • Perfect type professional touch keyboard
  • 70,000 word dictionary with error-locating FIND feature
  • Line-by-line printing
  • Automatic relocation after correction
  • 1-Year limited warranty
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Product Details

Product Manual [1.32mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 18.6 x 8 inches ; 7.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000636X8
  • Item model number: SX-4000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 23, 2002

Product Description

Product Description

Portable typewriter with Perfectype® professional touch keyboard. Easily correct errors with automatic "word-out" and "line-out" correction memory. 16-character LCD display lets you view as you type without adjusting paper. 70,000 word dictionary with a handy error-locating find feature ensures mistake-free documents. Self-demo feature automatically demonstrates features and functions.

From the Manufacturer

The SX-4000 is a mid-level portable daisywheel typewriter with a 16-character LCD display and a 70,000 word dictionary. Its features include the Perfectype professional touch keyboard, automatic "word-out" and "line-out" correction memory, automatic underling, bold printing, right margin flush and view mode. It has a variable 10/12/15 pitch typing selector and automatic paper insertion.

Features:

  • Perfectype professional touch keyboard
  • View mode allows easy viewing of the typing line
  • Line-by-line printing
  • Automatic carriage return
  • Automatic paper insertion
  • Forward and reverse indexing
  • Automatic repeat for all characters
  • Interchangeable cassette daisy wheel with various type styles available
  • Interchangeable cassette ribbon
  • Self-demo feature automatically demonstrates features and functions
  • Paper support conveniently doubles as lid cover
  • Carrying handle
  • "Word-spell" 70,000 word dictionary with error-locating FIND feature
  • 16-character LCD display
  • Automatic paper insertion
  • Full line lift-off correction memory
  • "Word-Out" and "Line-Out" correction system
  • Automatic underlining
  • Bold printing and right margin flush
  • View mode
  • Variable 10/12/15 pitch typing selector

Customer Reviews

Really like the typewriter..been a long time since I had one...still learning how to use it.
Stephanie Hodge Warnsley
Even though I have a computer I still prefer to use a typewriter for file labels and envelopes and other small jobs.
I. Lechmanski
Despite the many features it has, it is very easy to learn to use and I have had no maintenance problems whatsoever.
David W. Bobb

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

176 of 181 people found the following review helpful By KM on May 17, 2009
I received this for a gift and am extremely happy with it. I love to write short stories but often have writer's block, so I'm excited to have a new format. The best part about this typewriter is that even though it's electronic, it still makes the familiar old "clacking" sound as you type, and has the familiar typewriter font--really sets the mood for creative writing. I wouldn't have expected a typewriter to have spell-check, but this one does--it makes a little dinging sound if you spell a word incorrectly, and gives you the ability to erase one letter, the word, or an entire line with the (included and already installed) correction tape. You can adjust the positioning of the paper yourself with the knob on the side, which would be helpful when filling out forms. Includes a keyboard cover to keep dust out of the keys, and a carrying handle. Overall, the typewriter is easy to set up and use.
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96 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Beekay on March 5, 2009
Although the bulk of my typing these days is on a computer (Microsoft Word), a typewriter fills a much needed gap--for typing on pre-printed forms,application forms, odd-sized pieces of paper, etc. When my old Xerox Memorywriter finally went to typewriter heaven after 20 years I was looking for a reasonably priced electronic typewriter and the Brother SX-4000 meets my needs perfectly. It has all the features of more expensive machines, like display, half-backspace, bold type, to state a few "bells and whistles." I confidently recommend this machine for personal needs.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Eve B. on September 28, 2009
Brother seems to have cornered the market these days on electric typewriters. I bought this typewriter more than five years ago, from a warehouse club for $150.00, which is a much more than its Amazon price today. I only take it out to fill in forms and type on small labels or envelopes. It's worked perfectly and held up great.

I used to own a Smith Corona electric typewriter, with mushy keys. I'd push down on it and it felt spongy, doesn't have that "clicky" feel to it that I prefer. The Brother's keys have a firmer touch. I swore not to buy another Smith Corona electric because of the feel of the keys.

The only reason I didn't give the Brother five stars is that I type over 70wpm, and the typewriter can't keep up with me. I'd type a whole sentence, have to pause, then wait for it to complete the printout. It's a bit annoying, and I'm sure the little print-preview window would solve my problem, but I fix it by slowing...down...to...a...crawl...about...30wpm.

Warning about changing daisywheels. The original wheel that it came with works well. I'd pop it out play with it, then pop it back in and type away fine. However, when I changed it over to a different typeface, it printed wrong characters. I'd type a W and it came out A. I discovered that on the spare daisy wheel, I have to align a pin on the wheel to a hole on the daisy wheel uptake (pin has to be at around the 2 o'clock spot). You'd know it when you look at it. When I lined them up when installing the wheel, the spare daisy wheel printed fine.

It's very easy to change wheels, or change ribbons. I needed to follow instructions for changing the correction tape, but once I did it once, it wasn't hard. All the keys are clearly labeled. It has up and down line-scroll functions. The little print-preview window allows for correcting mistakes before they're typed out.

Overall a fine and reliable machine. I always liked Brother products.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By David W. Bobb on March 29, 2009
If there are times when a computer just won't do, this is a great typewriter for the money. Despite the many features it has, it is very easy to learn to use and I have had no maintenance problems whatsoever. I purchased it to take the DC Bar Exam and it worked well over 6 hours of intensive use. The only issue I noticied was when typing in the Line Print mode, sometimes the words would merge together leaving a non-sensical word. Overall though, it held up well and performed up to expectations for my needs. Certainly a good product for the money.
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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful By PAUL E. THOMAS on January 27, 2008
excellent brand equipped with lots of features. instruction book well
written and easy to understand. doesn't weigh a ton like some other
typewriters. the only drawback that i can see (make that hear) is the noise. it makes a lot of noise when in use. all should keep in mind
that this is a personal opinion and is not meant to be any slur on the
manufacturer.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Boyan Syarov on December 21, 2007
I got one of these from my neighbor who was moving out, I only paid $5 for it. I've been wanting to get a typewriter for my wife for some time now, and this one is it. We got the starter kit from Amazon - it has everything you would need to get it going. I had only used an old mechanical typewriter in the past, but never actually did anything on it since my IBM PC30 in 1987 landed on my desk. I have to admit there is some charm in using a typewriter. This product is very good, sturdily build, worked like new after we wiped the dust and dirt of its face. The only shortcoming I can see is the limitation of font types available - Brougham (10 Pitch) and the same in italics.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Leonard W. Thiel on September 7, 2008
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I would rate this typewriter top quality, as are all Brother products. I find that it is a good bargain at the price offered. I use the typewriter for everyday typing (correspondence, package labeling, etc) and find it very suitable.

L. Thiel
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 4, 2008
I'm very happy with the typewriter. It's just used for envelopes and proposals for our business. I've used this brand name before without any problems. Thank you.
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