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  • Brand Name: Royal
  • Model Number: 12667X-D
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Description

Royal offers the MS25PLUS typewriter. Manual 43 keys 86 symbols

Product Information

Product Dimensions 14.7 x 14.3 x 5.6 inches
Item Weight 11.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 11.6 pounds
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ASIN B000F7VF2A
Item model number 12667X-D
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2.1 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

2.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #224 in Electronics > Office Electronics > Other Office Equipment > Typewriters
Date first available at Amazon.com May 12, 2006

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By L. Kelly on August 21, 2006
The unit right out of the box could not be used. The alignment of lower case letters was completely off. The unit is very CHEAPLY made in China. The action is beyond terrible. No one that can actually type could use this even if it was able to print correctly!!!! This went back the same day it arrived.
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This is a cheap, poor excuse for a typewriter, manual or not. Not like the machines made years ago. Made of plastic and cheap metal, letters not aligned, skips, etc. Don't waste your money.
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This is a cheap manual typewriter as the previous reviewer noted. The one I had 20 years ago of a similar design was much better than this, but there was competition back then for quality manual typewriters. If you want to bang out a rough draft in the middle of the woods (or on the balcony) without running a cord, this is better than nothing. You should get an electronic typewriter or a computer for anything else.
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Item arrived with several parts not connected. I was able to fix the shift for capital letters, but still do no have the margin release working. In addition, the the typewriter often skips spaces within words. I wanted a typewriter that was not dependant upon the power grid, but I can't recommend this machine to anyone.
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In parts of the world where electricity is not available or where it is subject to frequent disruptions, this typewriter could prove useful if you wanted something brand new. Do not expect this to be the Olivitti portable typewriter you may have had many decades ago when portable manual typewriters were in common use.

This model is a modern day " adaptation " of a model made many years ago. For the price you can not expect too much in the way of precision and durability considering there is a lot of hand labor that goes into assembling a mechanical typewriter. This is manufactured in China and built as a low budget item.

On the one I purchased ( presumable brand new and not a returned one that was repacked ), different key pressure is required for half way different print quality on different keys. The ribbon supplied with this typewriter did not have " actuators " ( rivets ) at each end of the ribbon to activate the ribbon rewind mechanism. The carriage return spring is wound so tightly ( probably due to the power space function ) it requires a lot of force on the carriage return lever which in turn can make the position of the entire typewriter change on your desk or table top. The printed characters are not evenly spaced and the printed text is not as even as it could be with a more precision typewriter.

I have only been using this typewriter in a light duty capacity such as addressing envelopes and typing up some short letters and notes. I would have difficulty using this in a full time capacity.

Far from what many would be inclined to think that this may be the same typewriter from years ago, that it is not. It does work but dont expect perfection.
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How I wish I had bothered to read all the negative reviews of this product before wasting good money on it. Years ago, I purchased an Olivetti that was made in Mexico, and solidly built. For an inexpensive typewriter, it held up fine for many years. But the company, who I shall not name, switched to a presumably cheaper model, the one under discussion here.

I was expecting an inexpensive but reasonably good machine, and received a piece of junk. It's mostly plastic, made in China, and is so frustrating to use that I have ordered a 1953 Royal from a company that sells vintage machines, in the hope that this " antique" as old as I am will perform as a real typewriter ought to, even after all these years.

I was amazed to read the letters friom frustrated buyers, and find that so many others have had the identical experience I did with this preposterous bad joke of a typewriter. I will keep it as an emergency backup if no other typewriter is available, but it will not be getting much use.

I am going to presume good faith on the part of the companies that sell this dismal machine, and hope that they truly don't know how poor it is, and are not deliberately unloading crummy typewriters on the public, since it hardly helps any retailer's image to get a reputation for selling junk.

Misery loves company. My condolences to all others who have wasted their money and time on this bogus product. The makers of the original Olivetti must be turning over in their graves.
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Despite the bad reviews, I went ahead and bought one of these typewriters anyway. If you're looking for a brand new manual typewriter...well, this is pretty much your only choice. I agree that the quality isn't as good as the ones made in the 1940's or 1950's but I don't think it's as bad as some other reviews made it out to be.

The outer casing is made of cheap plastic, but it's metal where it needs to be. The typing action on mine is quite smooth, except for the tab key which when pressed will make the carriage jump violently to the next tab stop, causing the entire typewriter to move on the table. Anyway, I don't think I'll be using the tab key much since the tab stops are fixed and it doesn't allow you to set your own. A couple of the characters come out a little crooked when typed, but if I'm not mistaken, every manual typewriter has it's own unique traits.

The typeface it uses is Pica 87 which is 10 cpi, in case anyone was wondering.

Bottom line is, it does work, and while I wouldn't want to type out my resume with this thing, its perfectly fine for personal informal jobs. It's just great to be able to type things out without using any electricity or batteries. And it brings back some memories too.
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