Product Type: Casio gadgets
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Casio FX 85 MS
Member Name: Carbon
Casio FX 85 MS
Advantages: Does everything you need, Two way power, Easy to use
I have still got my calculator from school having done maths and sciences at A level. It is a scientific calculator that proves to be very useful in subjects such as statistics and pure maths. It is very easy to use once you get used to it because everything makes sense.
The bottom of the calculator features all the numbers needed and symbols for working out sums. The important keys are highlighted in red, which are AC/OFF and Delete. The delete key is a real bonus and very useful if you make a mistake in a long sum so you do not have to start over.
The calculator is great for long sums, with the use of brackets too. If you know how brackets work, then you can type in a large variety of sums on here and get the answer quickly. There are many different modes that prove useful in statistics and other subjects, enabling you to work out anything from standard deviation and variance to product moment coefficients and more. There are two keys that enable you to type more from the keys shown. The shift and alpha keys at the top set you in mode, so that when you press a button with a secondary function highlighted in the corresponding colour, it will put that on the screen. Its similar to a shift key on a keyboard really, in the way that some keys have secondary functions such as the explanation mark, question mark and @ logo.
Overall, it is really easy to use and can do anything a modern calculator should do. It is not the newest version but it is currently the standard version that the majority own. It is reliable so shouldn't break during exams! It also has a two way power so it can gain energy from natural light as well as the battery. The battery itself lasts ages anyway and should easily work through your A levels/GCSEs or even both! It also switches off after around 2 minutes if you have not touched any keys anyway, to save power, which is a great selling point. It comes with a lid to protect it and all of this is for around £6.99 in shops such as WHSmith and Partners.
Thanks for reading,
Summary: Really good scientific calculator suitable for GCSEs, A Levels and further studies
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