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If you are looking for a basic, easy to use calculator then this is the right one for you. I have been using this calculator at work for just about a year now. As this was provided as part of my stationary in the office I am unaware of the price but after further research I do believe they are available for under £10.
My job requires a lot of maths so this is something that is being used every day. It still maintains its excellent function even with this amount of usage.
The calculator is standard size and measures about 4cm in width and 6cm in length. It does not have any scientific functions. It has all your standard buttons. The buttons are of a larger size than most calculators. It also has a larger plus/add button which is useful when doing multiple additions. The buttons are of a different colour with the numbers in grey, functions in black and the on/AC buttons in red. At the top of the calculator it has a solar strip which powers the calculator and below is the calculator screen .
The calculator works well. It performs all the basic functions. The buttons require little force when pressed to work. It does not have an off button but when it is not used it will switch off after approximately 5 minutes. The screen is able to display 8 digits and the memory buttons enable you to store calculations. It also has two tax buttons at the top, I am currently unsure how these work but have never had to use them.
The calculator is good for basic maths. I do believe though that it would not be beneficial for a student in secondary education or at university. It simply does not have enough functions to assist in this. However if you are looking for something simple, that works well and is robust this is the right one for you. I personally have never had any issues and it does represent good value for money.
When it comes to a personal calculator all I want is something simple, some of my employment is on a self employed basis and so I have to keep accurate records for my accounts. I have noo need for a super complicated scientific calculator I just want one with all the basic arithmetic functions as well as a percentage key and that is more than enough for me.
That is why this Casio is so great as it has a nice large display and also large number and key buttons as well so it cuts down the chances of making an input error. I paid under £10 for it from the bargain bin at Staples, I cannot remember the exact amount but it was certainly under a tenner.
The buttons are nice and large, you have to provide only a little force however they are not so sensitive that you can accidently do a double entry, it is easily laid out and as well as the key functions there is also a memory function as well. It will handle eight digits of data in total on the display which is always going to be enough for me unless I win some mega lottery prize.
It is a resonable size and is ideal as a desktop calculator, it has rubber patches on the base to stop it slipping on your table and the display is at a slightly raised incline which makes it easier to read the bold black numbers. It is not heavy at all so pops into a briefcase easily however the size and shape does not make it suitable for a jacket pocket.
It is solar powered and very reliable, I have not had this fail on me in just over 18 months and it is a reliable calculator and well made.
Casio was the typical brand of calculator used at my school when I was at high school a few years back and unless you had a Casio calculator you were pretty much given an instant detention at my school. It was pretty bad really given that there was absolutely no choice whatsoever but then I suppose it did add a level of uniformity to the classroom I suppose.
This particular calculator was the one which we were expected to have in the first year of high school as it performs all the basic calculations needed. We weren't really allowed to use them but had to carry them around anyway. Because of this it was certainly a good thing that they are pretty lightweight and aren't too bulky to carry around in your bag with a load of other stuff in there as well.
I would say they probably weighed about 100g and were about 10-15cm square. I don't remember the exact size and I was considerably smaller then so it is possible that I remember them being bigger than they were. Each of the buttons was about 1cm square, with the exception of the plus sign which was probably 2cm long. This is because it is one of the most frequently used buttons on the calculator.
The screen on the calculator was angled upwards slightly which may seem a bit weird but actually this was great because it meant that the light didn't catch the screen too much so it was easy to read. When the batteries start to go on the calculator the first thing you notice isnt working right is the screen as well so being able to see it clearly helps with letting you know when it's not working right.
The colour of the buttons varied given the function they were meant to perform which was a good thing as well because it meant that you could quickly find the button you were looking for, although this calculator wasn't the most advanced anyway. The buttons for numbers were in a light grey colour, the calculation you wanted to perform was in black and then the on button and clear button were in red.
While it was fairly easy to operate with the buttons being a reasonable size, they did often stick and this meant that the calculator wouldn't work properly. Also, the screen died on several of the ones I owned after about 12 weeks of use but then I was using it a lot and it was getting battered around a fair bit in my school bag I suppose.
Overall I would say the calculator wasn't too bad if it was only needed to perform basic calculations. It was far too basic for GCSE maths but for the first year of high school it was fine.
I am a trained accountant, although I don't now work in that field, so you might reasonably assume that I am good at mental arithmetic. Now this would be a mistake! Even when my mother was suffering with dementia her mental arithmetic skills remained very fast and very accurate but sadly I don't take after her!
I have also found that, as I grow older, my eyesight is gradually getting worse and I don't see small figures or letters as well as I might.
It was with these things in mind that hubby treated me to a decent sized calculator in the form of a Casio MS-8TV Desk Calculator, I have no idea how much he paid for it, as it is now a couple of years old, but it is currently on sale at Amazon for £3.49.
The calculator is dark grey and pretty standard looking - more about that later. It measures approximately six inches by four inches. The top of the calculator where the numeric display is shown is angled towards the user making it much easier to read than if it was completely flat. The calculator is dual powered - battery (which I have never yet had to replace) and solar power. There is a small solar panel across the top of the machine above the display panel.
There was a small instruction manual but I didn't take any notice of it to be honest. I have been using calculators since they were first commercially available so I don't think I need instructions on how to use one after all these years!
The buttons on this calculator are nice and big too so it is easy to use - I find that with the ones where the buttons are small, as I touch the numbers that I intend to touch, my fingers catch the buttons around it and mistakes are made.
The first button to use is the 'on' button situated top left which switches the calculator on so it is ready for use. There are of course the ten digits 0 to 9 (in light grey) with a double sized plus button, minus, multiply, divide and equals. There is a memory function on the calculator with three buttons - memory recall, memory plus and memory minus. The calculator has the usual AC and C buttons (in pink) to cancel either the latest entry or the whole calculation. There is also a +/- button which means that you can do your calculations in negative numbers if you want to. All the function buttons are black apart from the ones that I have specifically mentioned.
The calculator can also be used to work out tax although this is not something I have ever used. What you can do is to press the percentage rate set button for a couple of seconds and the current tax rate set in the machine will be displayed on your screen, you can then type in the tax rate that you want to use and press the rate set button again, that tax rate is now set in your calculator.
You are now able to apply this tax rate to an amount typed into the calculator by just pressing one of the two tax buttons (in light green) at the top of the calculator, tax- or tax+. Doing this then either adds or subtracts the percentage that you have saved as you tax rate from the total.
To be honest, when hubby bought this calculator for me, I was a bit surprised as I already had one or two little ones about the house and I couldn't understand why he would waste his money on a new one for me. Having used it I have found it to be much better than the little ones I have! It is easy to use with the buttons being so easy to press without the mistakes mentioned earlier in this review, the display is easy to read even in low light which is important for me and the whole thing is a robust design meaning that when it (occasionally) gets knocked off the edge of the table it comes to no harm.
For a basic calculator at a reasonable price that does a good job I don't think you can go wrong with this one especially if, like me, you have difficulty using the smaller ones.
A definite recommendation from me!
~A handy desk top calculator~
I bought two of these desk top calculators for £1 each from a clearance stand in a well known household/ DIY store a few years ago and although I have misplaced my spare one (very typical) the one I have had in use on and off since I bought it is still going strong. I have found that the size of the calculator is about right as it is nice and chunky yet light to carry about from room to room when needed. The whole thing takes up less than half the space of a small sized place mat that you might use to set up your dinner table with, making it easy to use without taking up too much space.
I have found that the LCD display on the calculator shows up in a clear and simple way that makes it easy to read with well sized numbers and figures that you can view at a slight distance without having to squint your eyes. The calculator sits well on a smooth table or desk ready for use, as it has a good shape that tilts slightly to give the best view point. I feel this calculator makes a very easy to get to grips with desk top machine and I have been both pleased and surprised at how long it has lasted without needing any thing other than a light wipe over if it gets dusty or dirty.
One thing I have found useful about the calculator is its solar panel which means it doesn't need to be topped up with new batteries all the time and although it may need attention at some point in the future so far the solar panel seems to be working well enough to keep the internal LR54 battery charged up fully. The functions on this calculator are quite basic although I have found they are all I need for basic adding and subtracting etc. I have found the main features of the this item are all very useful to have, as are the set of good sized easy to reach in put keys.
The largish LCD display can show up to 8 digits at a time and there is an easy to use 3 key memory functionality (ie: MR, M- and M+). The calculator can be used for tax calculations as this model has a % button as well as a Tax + and Tax - button for ease of use , you can make easy currency conversions when needed, the usual + - x = buttons are well placed at one side of the machine set in a way that makes them simple to reach and use. The angled LCD display is nice and clear, there is an off button and an on button as well as an auto cut off point to save power when you are not using the machine.
~Rating and price~
One thing that is worth mentioning is the fact that this model is not classed as being water proof or even splash proof, so care does need to be taken if you are using this whilst drinking a tea/ coffee etc and in order to avoid spilling anything on this I make sure I keep it away from filled cups and glasses just in case of knocks and spills. Other than that I feel that this big little desk top style calculator is well priced with it selling for between £4 to £5 at full price (although there are reductions and discounts to be found at times) and as it works as well as it should I want to give it a 4 star product rating.
The outer casing that the calculator sits in is neat and simple to look at with no really sharp edges and it has a set of nice semi soft touch keys that don't need too much pressure on them in order for them to work freely. Over all I feel that even though this calculator lacks any really fancy functions, it has all the basics ready and waiting and is very reliable. I have found that I haven't needed anything else in terms of functionality with this machine as it does what it promises.
Casio MS-8TV Desk Calculator
For the last year or so I have worked full time selling on ebay, I started this up as a sideline initially but with the recession hitting my flooring business pretty badly, I found myself spending more and more time on ebay until it eventually became my full time job. I do all my own accounts for the business and keep a daily ledger so I know exactly where I am up to so a desk calculator is a must for me. I actually picked this up at a car boot sale a couple of years ago for 50p so it owes me absolutely nothing but I have seen it on ebay for £6.99 plus postage.
This calculator is a pretty standard one really, it has all the usual features you would expect on a standard calculator, such as plus, minus, divide, equals etc., the plus button is larger than the other ones (about twice the size), there are also memory plus and minus buttons as well as the memory recall, although I don't tend to use these very often but they are present if required. Other keys include an 'on' button (fairly obviously), AC and C (also pretty standard) and a plus/minus button so you can work with negative numbers. The calculator is solar and battery powered and measures approximately 6" x 4" with the last 2" in length being angled upwards and housing the screen and solar panel. Mine is dark grey, but I have also seen it in silver, and the base has four 'popped out' feet, two of which are rubber non-slip ones.
There are also three tax buttons which come in really handy. You press the percentage rate set button for a couple of seconds and the current tax rate comes up on the screen, you can then type in your own tax rate and press the rate set button again, that is now the set tax rate. Now you can use this tax rate on amounts you wish, you simply type an amount in and then press one of the two green buttons at the top of the calculator, tax- or tax+, this then either minuses your selected percentage from the amount typed in or adds it. This is a really handy function for working out VAT, or ebay fees, or basically anything that is expressed as a percentage that you use a lot as it saves you typing in the percentage amount all the time.
So what is the calculator like to use? In all honesty it is absolutely fine, the buttons are a decent size and well spaced out making it easy to use quickly without hitting other buttons by accident. The larger plus button is very handy as that is the button I use most and it is very easy to hit when adding a lot of amounts up quickly. The display is a decent size and with the screen being angled up slightly it is very easy to see. Another great feature is the fact that it is solar powered as well as battery powered allowing the best of both worlds, the solar panel works pretty well although the screen can be a little dim at night when there is less natural light, which probably means I need a new battery to use the dual power mode, but it is still usable so I have not bothered just yet. The non-slip feet keep it pretty firmly rooted to the spot I put it in on my desk, so it does not move around when in use which is also very handy. As I have said already the tax buttons are a really nice feature for me, I did not buy this calculator because of this function, but if I were buying a new one I would defiantly look out for this feature.
Although I did not use the instruction manual (who would for a calculator?) I have just had a flick through it and it is very easy to understand, and the calculator is well made and very tough and durable. I have dropped it a number of times in the couple of years I have had it and it has not suffered at all, as far as I can see. The only negative point I can possibly come up with is that when I first got it I noticed that when using it very quickly the buttons would sometimes stick down, and then nothing else registered until you had got the stuck button back up. However this was only a problem for the first couple of weeks and then I think I must have got used using it and developed a knack of pressing the buttons in such a way that they did not stick any more.
So would I recommend this Casio calculator? Well yes I would really, although I must say at £6.99 plus £2.99 postage on ebay it seems quite a lot to pay for a pretty standard desk calculator really, and having had mine for so long, I don't think I would pay that much to replace it, if it were to stop working on me. If you can find one in a shop for three or four quid it is probably worth having or if you can find one on a car boot sale for 50p like me then even better! It is very easy to use and very durable so it ticks the right boxes in my opinion, it is also made by a reputable company which is always a plus point with any electrical item, although I don't think I would be bothering Casio's support line if it were to go wrong! Overall it gets 4 out of 5 stars from me and the only reason it lost one is because you have to learn how to press the buttons so as not to make them stick down.
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Casio / Desktop Calculator