In today’s article, we will review eight of today’s top scientific calculators and will rank them in accordance to their product features and customer reviews.
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- Natural textbook display shows expressions and results exactly as they appear in the textbook
- Over 280 functions, including fractions, statistics, complex number calculations, base arithmetic, linear regression, standard deviation, computer science, and polar-rectangular conversions
- Multi-replay function allows you to backtrack step-by-step through calculations, where you can edit expressions and recalculate answers
- 4-line display enables scrolling and editing of inputs
- Same functionality as the TI-34II Explorer plus display and feature enhancements
- MATHPRINT mode for input in math notation, including pi, square roots, fractions, percent's and exponents plus math notation output for fractions
- Previous Entry - Lets you review previous entries and look for patterns.
- Menus - Easy to read and navigate pull-down menus similar to those on a graphing calculator.
8. Sharp EL-W535TGBBL 16-Digit Scientific Calculator
These scientific calculators come with 422 functions, sign change, independent memory, dual power, protective hard shell cover, 4 line(s), 16 digits, and LCD. The most hideous fact about this calculator is that it does not come with an owner’s manual. Some of the online reviews stem from the fact that the lack of color choices takes away from the calculator’s somewhat usable functions. In addition, it is not a popular calculator in schools. You may want to pass on this one.
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7. Texas Instruments TI-36X Pro Engineering/Scientific Calculator
Multi-view display, MATHPRINT mode, typical calculator which includes basic algebraic functions. The big show stopper is the lack of graphing display input which is key nowadays for students and professionals alike. It is more affordable than the higher model Casios but not considered innovative by any means.
6. Texas Instruments (34MV/TBL/1L1) TI-34 MultiView Scientific Calculator
This TI model features 4-line display which enables scrolling and editing of inputs, MATHPRINT mode for input in math notation, including pi, square roots, fractions, percents and exponents, math notation output for fractions, previous entry functionality, a centralized mode screen, and scientific notation output. This TI model appears to be widely used by elementary and high school students and not so much working professionals. The calculator requires users to hit function buttons and other buttons to get the trigonometric calculation performed. All in all, a mediocre TI model for today’s students.
5. Casio fx-115ES PLUS Engineering/Scientific Calculator
This Casio model features a natural textbook display, over 280 functions, multi-replay function allowing you to backtrack step-by-step through calculations. Considered more of a high-level student calculator which is ideal for most technical high school courses. Also, geared for college and engineering professionals taking their professional exams. It is an average calculator for the entry level professional.
4. Casio fx-300ES PLUS Scientific Calculator, Pink Casing
This calculator comes with natural textbook display, multi-relay functions which allow you to backtrack step-by-step through calculations allowing the ability to edit expressions and recalculate answers. I am not wild about the pink colored casing, however, this is more advanced than the TI-30 models and appears to be more simplistic and yet almost as technical as most engineering calculators. Definitely a calculator worth considering as it has some technical abilities for the budget-minded student.
3. Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS Scientific Calculator – Pretty Pink
Like it’s familial product predecessor, the I series, this calculator includes basic scientific and trigonometric functions, a hard pink plastic casing, color-coded keys, two-line display, 11 digit scrollable entry line with 10-digit answer and two-digit exponent line, dual power (solar and battery powered. Again, I am not too crazy about the pink color casing and this may tend to target the female users. Functionally, I like the two way line as it adds more visual functions to an already affordable calculator. Definitely worth the money.
2. Texas Instruments TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator
The screen allows students to visually see the actual equations that they would see on the chalk board. This is a key feature for this calculator. As an alternate to the single line calculator (I series) there is also a II series which is a two-line calculator (see other reviews in this article). The two line series allows students to view equations and answers on separate lines. From my previous experience owning one of these calculators, this appears to be geared toward students and not so much the working professional. This calculator comes with basic scientific mathematical functions. It is pretty reliable and definitely worth recommending. Personally, the TI-30 series calculators have been used since I can remember from my high school and college days back in the late 80’s and early 90’s and it’s strong reputation and long history speak for themselves in the calculator market. This one has always been considered one of my favorites!
1. Casio FX-991EX Engineering/Scientific Calculator
This calculator comes with high resolution display and natural textbook display, numeric integration and differentiation, 552 functions, simultaneous and polynomial solver, solar-power with battery backup with a LR44 button cell battery included. My personal favorite. This Casio calculator is geared towards college students in a technical field and engineering professionals and will fill their hearts with joy! I have owned my Hewlett Packard 48G since 1994 and if I ever have to replace it, this would be one calculator I would consider purchasing. The advanced display is so close to the real thing when it comes to viewing spreadsheets and equations. One reviewer noted that the memory is lost when the calculator shuts off. I am not sure how critical this is but perhaps there is a way to tweek the settings so that this does not occur or can be delayed. All in all, many great reviews and this would be one that I would look for as a practicing engineer. Well, there you have it. The top calculators. Always do your due diligence before purchasing the calculator that best suits your needs.