Model: SBC 1746
Type: Programmable scientific calculator
Picture: PHILIPS SBC 1746
Batteries: LR44 x 2
Lifetime: Introduced: 1989
Terminated: unknown
Notes: Programmable calculator with 10+2 digit precision.

This calculator has quite a load of functionality. It can store four programs with a total of 128 programming steps. It can produce a series of mathematical constants using "INV" "OUT" they are listed at the top right of the calculator. Furthermore it does statistic and BASE-n calculations, and can handle complex numbers.

Concerning its programming, it is keystroke programmable with the addition of flow control using comparisons and "GOTO". Once entered, a program can not be edited however. There is no way to step through a program to make corrections.

According to this thread (link valid 2024-01-13) on The Museum of HP Calculators (link valid 2024-01-13) there are multiple versions of this calculator by multiple brands. Unclear which brand invented this calculator. My guess is Canon.

The list so far:
  • Canon F-800P (best looking IMHO)
  • PHILIPS SBC-1746 (this one)
  • olivetti SC2000
Personally I like landscape model calculators, and I hope to someday find the Canon version. As a persion with a degree of OCD I don’t really like the PHILIPS version because all the keys are tilted in one direction or another. Brrr.