Product Type: Casio gadgets
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We Have Been Through Tough Times...
Casio FX 85 MS
Member Name: Recon
Casio FX 85 MS
Advantages: Good quality, Performs every function you need, Solar panel, Useful delete key and scroller
Disadvantages: Hard to get used to
This calculator has been with me through the hardest times. When I was studying maths and sciences, I needed this calculator, especially for maths and statistics to get me through the exams. It went through some mind-blowing exams with me and we both survived the journey! I love my calculator, and it works brilliantly. I customized it when I got bored by putting Tip-ex on it in a certain pattern, and then later colouring it in with highlighter pens. I also stuck some stickers on the back to lighten it up.
Anyway, this is a proper scientific calculator that is ideal for current examinations up to degree level. It has 240 functions with 164 scientific functions and 9 variable memories. It also has two way power, because it comes with a battery but also has a solar panel that does actually give it some extra energy. The battery has lasted me years of good usage, and is still going so you don't need to worry about it running out during an exam, although you can never be to cautious!
The curser allows you to move along the screen to see what you have written if you think you went wrong whilst inputting data. Also, the delete button I have found extremely useful when I always input something wrong by accident whilst in a hurry. I couldn't live without that button! It can work out all the statistical things such as standard deviation, regression and all those fun things with graphs.
You simply input the data using commas or semi-colons depending on what you are doing (make sure you are in STATS mode too), and you then press some more to get the answer right in front of you. So much easier than doing the insane looking formula by hand to work out regression and correlation coefficients with graphs! NOTE: In exams, and they did this in one of my statistics exams, you had to use the long way by hand to work out something, so always learn the long hand way!
The calculator has an automatic power-off function so it will switch off when its not been touched for a few minutes, which is very useful and saves battery. It looks really cool and has loads of buttons, that you will have to learn what they do if you go into higher mathematic courses. It is very useful and can work out all modern day calculations.
It isn't the newest Casio, but does everything you need it to and I think it still has to be from the most popular range and generation of the Casio calculators. It is grey, with the solar panel at the top right and the logo and model code on the left of this. Below is the curser in the middle with the on button to the right. All the important buttons are at the top such as 'on', 'mode', 'shift', 'alpha'. The shift and alpha keys are used like a shift key on the keyboard, just to access more symbols and digits you may need to input. Below these top buttons are a range of black buttons that provide you with all the symbols and most of the inputs. Then below this, you have all the numbers and symbols for adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying as well as the equals sign and more.
The delete key is in red to make you aware, which is good and the AC key is too, which will reset what's on the screen (delete it). It is important and a good point that these keys are in red, because the last thing you want to do is accidentally press the AC button after just inputting a big sum with lots of brackets! Therefore, because these buttons stand out, it prevents this!
The calculator also comes with a hard plastic sliding cover that protects it well. They are pretty tough things anyway and well built. No buttons have fallen off or got damaged, the cover works brilliantly and protects it and the screen isn't scratched too much and still displays every part of the screen well. It is easy to use if you know what you are doing, and the instruction manual is simple and helpful that comes with it in many languages, if you know what you are looking for.
At £9.30 on amazon.co.uk and around £9.00 in shops offline, I would say this is a great scientific calculator to buy. I have had no problems with it, and it is relatively easy to use, although it looks complicated. It can perform every function you need for modern day exams and is well built with a strong cover to protect it from any other damage. I would recommend this calculator to anyone taking mathematics exams...and good luck too!
Thanks for reading,
- Recon -
Summary: This calculator will get you through modern day exams without a problem!
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