It feels funny typing on a machine this “modern”. This Smith-Corona SL 480 is very similar to the first typewriter I ever owned, but it will very likely be the last film ribbon typewriter I get. Though there is still a mechanical process as the the daisy wheel spins to the correct letter and impacts the ribbon, it does seem like there is a disconnect between pressing a key and the strike of the character to the paper. There is, in fact, a barely noticeable delay between the two.
Although this brand new ribbon had some flaws as evidenced in the first couple lines, it has since evened out to a clinical precision. That’s what I love about the fabric ribbon electrics: even though there is still a disconnect between pressing the key and the action of the machine, the fabric ribbon cannot make a consistent impression from character to character. Plus you have the visible movement of the type bars, whereas this machine is blindingly fast.
That said, the nostalgia is strong! So this is a keeper. But we’ll see how much use it gets.