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When maths goes beyond the multiplication table
Casio FX 85 MS
Author Name: Kobayashi
Casio FX 85 MS
Date: 11/06/10, updated on 12/06/10 (24 review reads)
Advantages: Does all the calculations happily
Disadvantages: Doesn't sing, dance and tell jokes when you are bored in class
I have, in my not very long life, been the proud owner of six different Casio calculators, four of which are the FX 85MS model. The FX 85MS scientific calculator, being approved for general classroom usage, public examinations and university assessments, helped form the absolute foundation of my serious school then university education, and has been my most trusted companion for all the academic tasks I had to perform.
It has a two way power supply of solar cells and an auxiliary battery, a TwinLine display (the top being the raw data input, and the bottom is the intermediate or final answer calculated) where 12 and 10 digits can fit comfortably on the top and bottom lines of the LCD screen. It comes with a hard plastic case with a total dimension of (H x W x D) 12.2 x 85 x 155 mm, weighing at 110g.
I find the buttons to be well separated and response well when pressed, there is no sign of numberings, or any printed ink letters, to have come out, even after years of quite rough handling. The calculator has been dropped onto the floor countless times and it is still going strong. I wouldn't know how long the battery lasts but I would assume when it does the calculator would be powered solely by its solar cells. The reply button has saved my life many times, because as long as you use the 'AC' red button to switch to a new calculation and not the 'ON' grey button, you can press Up side of the 'Replay' to find your previous calculations. I have used the calculator for all my science exams, further maths and statistics, and it has given me the most stable performance.
Online retail price range from 10-25 pounds but schools often sell them for much cheaper. If you fancy yourself a shiny new device for everyday calculations, statistical analysis, or just as a nostalgic item, the FX 85MS would not disappoint.
*Full list of functions can be found on the manufacturer's website.
Summary: Classroom essential
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