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I bought this calculator to replace one that I had previously purchased from a pound store and which caused me to cntinually mis-type numbers.
I was looking for a simple calculator ( I dont need to do any complicated mathematics ) that would sit on my home office desk and not let me down.
The Casio, cost me around 2.50 and was just what I was looking for. It measures around 14cm x 10cm and the case is a grey white colour. The basic 10 numbers plus the decimal point are white, while the surrounding function buttons are in a darker grey, with the on/clear/all clear button in pink to make sure you dont hit it by mistake. The plus button is double sized so that you can find it easily and the central button (number 5) has a raised circle on its surface, which I can only assume is for touch typists. While it does have two rubber feet on the back, they are unfortunately not adequate to stop it slipping if you were typing furiously.
I find this calculator very easy to use. The buttons are nicely positive, the numbers and symbols are clear and easy to read, and the slightly angled screen is clear, showing up to a maximum of 8 numbers, each around 0.5cm x 1.5cm. It has all the functions I need for everyday use down eiter side of the numbers cluster such as divide, multiply, subtract and addition. Plus square root, percentage, plus/minus and separate on and off buttons.
The calculator also has MC, MR, M-, M+ and MU function buttons along the top, but I have no idea what these do.
I found I had to buy a calculator recently for work as my old one went AWOL, although I had probably had it for about five years so I had had my use out of it. I bought this Casio MX 8V calculator from a local hardware/general store and paid £2.25 for it. You can currently get them slightly cheaper on Amazon but you do have to take into account how much they charge for postage.
I know there are many other higher spec calculators around but they would only confuse me and I just need a calculator at work to work out monthly targets and other figures. I am a bit old fashioned in that I much prefer a good old chunky calculator rather than using the computer or my phone as my fingers keep hitting the wrong key, and this is also what I am used to.
The calculator is plastic and mine is a light grey colour but it also comes in black. It measures 14cm x 10cm and the keys are a good size enabling me to see them clearly and to press they correct one! As with most calculators it is solar panelled so it charges up in natural light but it also has a battery just in case you calculate a lot in the dark.
It is a non-scientific calculator for simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division which is all I want it for so it wouldn't be any good for children needing a calculator for their mathematics, (or adults come to that).
It does have a percentage key and memory keys and also a key to work out the square key of a number but I have not had cause to use these. It is a very simple calculator but it fulfils my needs and I find it easy to use. The numbers are large and clear and are well spaced so you don't press the wrong key by mistake and the eight digit display is clear and easy to read which is also slightly angled so it is easy to see without having to look directly down at the calculator.
I recommend this calculator for basic usage where you don't need anything complex and just need to do basic sums and this is all that it really does, but this is reflected in the low price. I consider this is a smart and easy to use idiot proof calculator for basic calculations.
I had to buy myself a new calculator last year when I lost my trusty old calculator and was finding I needed to have a calculator to hand when sorting my house finances- and it wasn't always feasible to have my computer open and to use the calculator application.
After doing a quick search, I found this Casio calculator on Amazon for £2.40 plus p&p and I thought this was a decent price as I like the option of having it posted to me so went for the online purchase- though I am sure I could have found a cheaper option in a supermarket.
The calculator is as the picture- it measures approx 10 x 14cm so is a good size. The buttons are a good size and aren't too small so this prevents you hitting the wrong number and it is easy to use.
It has a solar panel so it recharges itself as long as you use it in natural light- I don't know of anyone who has a calculator that they have to change the batteries in so this is a standard function for a lot of calculators.
The calculator offers all the basic functions such as add, minus, divide, plus there is a percentage button and a memory add/ memory clear button. There are no scientific functions on this calculator as it is just your basic desk calculator- good for working out what you have left of a budget or adding up numbers.
I have had this calculator for around 8 months now and have had no problems with it, It meets my needs for a calculator- ie adding up bills at home or working out your every day things like salary/ saving for holidays etc., . The only downsides I can think of are it does not have the scientific complicated functions some people may need (ie for people doing A Levels or maths exams) and it is a good size to keep on a desk or at home but may be a bit bulky if you carry a calculator around with you.
So, overall I would recommend this for general occasional use at home or work, but not for scientific or complicated use.
My other brain
I work in a carpet and flooring warehouse. Although quite good at maths when I was at school, I still use my 'other' brain when it comes to working out square yardages, and such like. It pays to do this, as a relatively small mathematical mistake can lead to quite a large financial mistake, not to say the grief I would get from the boss!
For that purpose, an easy to use and reliable calculator is a must. Of course, any calculator is only as good as the person pushing the buttons, but I have found the casio mx-8v to be a reliable and simple little calculator that has kept my mistakes to a minimum.
Simple layout, with only the basic functions as well as M+, M- and MR. Perfect for my situation, as i have no need for scientific functions in work. The buttons are quite big, and nicely spaced making it easy to use, and hard to push buttons accidentally. The light grey colour of the main unit looks very officey, but with prolonged use in our warehouse environment, can get grubby quickly. The dual powered battery/solar cell power means that in the two years i have been using it, there has never been need to change the battery. The display is clear, and has never faded, so I can only assume that the battery is still good, and it is not only running off the solar cell.
The casio mx-8v is a great all rounder. Simple to use, and not so complex that it needs a degree to operate. The calculator is perfect, where relatively simple calculation is needed, so I would reccomend it for office use, but not for my son, who needs scientific elements for use at school. I have never had a problem with it in over two years of use, and would suggest it's use to anyone.
Casio are an electronics company who focus on... Well, electronics!
This is the Casio MX-8, a non-scientific calculator for simple addition/subtraction/multiplication and division.
The calculator has all of the usual buttons that you'd expect to see, the number pad and all of the memory buttons. The buttons themselves are colour coded which although isn't really that noticeable at first, it could be subliminally useful when we are doing our maths. The buttons are large enough for any sausage fingered person out there and they're easy to push down as well.
The calculator is solar powered and battery powered should you be doing maths in a cave. The battery takes a DC 1.5 volt battery and is inserted by unscrewing the back plastic case and slotting the battery in. Most of the time, you will not need this battery as the solar panel on the front does the job.
Another handy (although not always implemented) feature is the 'Off' button. The 'Off' button for some reason isn't on all solar powered calculators. Although it's not essential (I think the sun will be around for a long time) it does prove handy if you don't want the distraction of an 'On' calculator in your face.
There are a few other perks to the calculator, one being the rubber feet on the back. These feet prevent slippage on any hard surfaces such as a desk counter and easily keep the calculator in place so you won't lose it.
You'll also find that the screen that displays the numbers on the calculator is slightly angled towards you, this is a nice bit of convenience and makes quite a big difference. When the screen isn't angled you have to pick the calculator up otherwise all you can see is all of the black plasma occupying the whole screen.
The only time I wouldn't recommend this calulator is if you are doing GCSE maths or above. For everyday calculations, this does the job just fine.
And there you have it, the Casio MX-8
I use this calculator daily at work and it is very reliable.
The best part is that it is solar powered so it has lasted me for over 2 years without getting slow or loosing any brightness of the numbers on the screen.
It is quite a large calculator and the buttons are easy to press so if do a lot of sums in a hurry. They are also made of plastic so if like me you are often behind a bar and have wet hands from a manual job then it can be used without you needing to worry if your hands are dry.
It says that if the battery runs low you must not change it yourself but take it to a dealer centre but I have not needed to do this yet. To be honest as it was so cheap at around £8.99 I will probably just buy a new one as they last such a long time.
To clean all you need to do is wipe with a soft dry cloth and any stickiness that has built up will come away.
The calculator turns itself off after about 10 minutes if you dont press anything, but if you even press one key by accident the process starts again.
If you are looking for a calculator that can do tricky sums and scientific functions then this is not the one for you. If however you are looking for one that is really easy to use, is lightweight and has large buttons to avoid mistakes then do try this out.
Casio are a good brand and I have used their cameras and other products for a long time so I was really pleased that the battery life lasted so long with this.
I have owned this calculator for about 10 years now, and I think the fact I haven't felt the need to replace it speaks volumes about the reliability and practical use of this calculator. I seem to remember buying this from Tesco and you all know how mean I am with money so it wouldn't have cost much more than £5 at the time. Looking around they are still widely available, around the £5 mark on Amazon but I would imagine it might be worth trying the likes of Tesco, Ryman and WH Smith to avoid the delivery costs.
The reason I bought this calculator was because I had started working as a trainee accountant and studying for my accountancy exams (never did finish them all!), and using my mobile or computer calculator just wasn't practical anymore. I knew I wouldn't need a calculator with lots of complicated functions, after all accountancy isn't all about maths believe it or not. The calculations I would be doing were fairly basic, so the most important thing to me was that it was easy to carry to exams and the keys were big enough for me to not have to restart calculations because I'd gone wrong half way through (so annoying when that happens!).
The other important thing about this calculator was that it is dual powered. This meant that it didn't rely purely on light like some solar-powered calculators, so there was no chance it might not work in a dimly lit exam room. It has a battery back-up which provides power if there is not enough light, and I have never had to change this battery since buying this calculator.
The other useful thing is that it has a tilted screen, so it's easier to see the display when the light is reflecting on it. This is handy as it saves time having to pick the calculator up and angle it correctly in the light. It also has non-slip grips on the bottom so it doesn't slide around your desk as you're using it.
The main reason I chose this calculator was the size of the buttons. I find that when you're trying to calculate something in a hurry, sometimes if the buttons are too small you end up hitting two at once and have to start again. This calculator has lovely large buttons with a nice gap between each other, so there is very little chance of this happening. The buttons are also non-slip so this also helps with accuracy.
In terms of functions that this calculator offers, it is very basic, but I have to say it's never let me down and I've never needed anything that it doesn't offer. It has the usual memory buttons, but quite frankly I've worked in finance all my life and am a part-qualified accountant, and I have NEVER felt the need to use these buttons. I'm not even sure I know what they're for?! It has all the useful buttons that people actually use such as percentage, addition and subtraction, division, square root, and a negative/positive key. I have found these functions perfectly adequate for what I use a calculator for.
I used to carry this round when I was attending those joyous exams, and it's a perfect size for slipping into a pencil case. It doesn't take up too much room on the desk but is still big enough to make it robust and easy to use. The exact dimensions are 103mm width, 145mm depth and 32mm height. The calculator weighs 99g so is lightweight and easy to carry. It's also been dropped a few times (ahem - I say "dropped", I mean thrown in anger when I haven't been getting the answer I want!) and it's still going strong.
Lets be honest, if you're studying a maths degree or the kind of person who lives for numbers, this probably won't fulfil your needs. But if you use a calculator for the basic purposes that most people do (household bills for example), this is a reliable and useful little tool.
Mental arithmetic is not one of my strongest points, by any means, and I find the monthly task of recording and then adding up all my mileage for work a pretty onerous and loathsome task. Fortunately, I have a reliable and very easy to use calculator to assist me - this Casio MX-8V.
This particular calculator has been in my possession for a number of years now and was originally purchased from good old Woolworths in store - giving some indication of just how long I've owned it for. The most surprising aspect is not so much that the calculator is still fully functioning and in active use, but that in all that time I've never needed to replace the tiny watch battery (LR54) that it came supplied with. Admittedly, I'm not a particularly heavy user but the main reason that this has lasted is because the calculator very cleverly uses 'dual power.' This is, essentially, a solar powered product but, if the light is weak the calculator will switch to battery power to maintain its power. This is a massive improvement on the original solar powered calculators that I remember from my childhood - desperately trying to angle the faint numbers on the screen towards a light source in order to make out the answer! There is no 'off' button as such as the calculator will automatically turn itself off it it is left unattended for a while.
As well as this clever system which preserves battery life and keeps the calculator functioning in all locations, I particularly like the simple but sturdy design of the calculator itself. Whilst it was (and still is) an inexpensive model, costing around the £5 mark, it doesn't feel cheap or flimsy in any way. This is quite a large calculator, featuring a clear generously sized screen which is tilted slightly, making the calculations easy to read. Whilst this Casio is far too large to fit inside a standard pocket, it is still a very practical size and weight to sit neatly on a desk and can also be transported easily in my work bag, without feeling cumbersome at all. I also like the decently proportioned buttons, which are comfortable to press and easy to identify. I have attempted to use the calculator function on my mobile phone on occasions instead but I find it so fiddly trying to press the tiny buttons. This practical design and generous buttons makes the chances of mistakes much less likely (although I still find that I have to add my totals up a few times to get them right!)
This is a pretty basic but very functional product, ideal for simple calculations and additions. It does have a few additional mathematical functions, including a memory recall and percentage as well as square root buttons. This is not likely to be advanced enough for anybody thinking of studying advanced Mathematics or Calculus - not that I'm sure what that is- but as a basic home or office tool, it's certainly proven to be robust, reliable and cost effective to run.
In our house we have a whole lot of calculators but I think my favourite one and the easiest one has got to be this one from Casio. It cost about £4 (not sure exactly as it was years ago when it was purchased). This is a very reasonable place in my opnion.
The calculotr looks very baisic and is a light grey colour and has a nice sturdy feel to it (its not flimsy at all). Like most calculators nowadays it has a solar pannel to conserve energy. (I'm not exactly sure how this works!)
The buttons are laid out in a clear simple format with red AC switch on the bottom right so you can easily see it. It even has an on switch aswell which is at the top. The other main function buttons are placed around the the actual numbers. One idea that Casio did that I find really clever is that they made the + sign very big as it is probably the most used button. All the other less used buttons are smaller such as the M keys.
Of course you wont be able to do anything like Pi or EXP on this calculator as it is far from being scientific. However all your baisic needs are covered in this calculator.
I would really recommend this calculator from primary school children as it is simple to use and has a nice clear display which can hold a maximum of 8 digits which is plenty.
Overall a fantastic everyday calculator :)
Life is supposed to be easy and with a calculator on your computer the old necessity for a calculator was supposed to be redundant.
Well as regular review readers will be aware I have big fingers and I find using a small calculator or the difficult to use effort on Microsoft hard to do. I have no interest in scientific calculators, they were all the rage at school, but I have never needed any of the uses for these complicated machines in my real life and have no plans to ever do so.
What I really want to do is just have a cheap, large buttoned calculator available within my desk for moments when I need to do any calculations, it is convenient and easy to use.
The Casio Desktop calculator will be easy to use for my first child and the numbers and buttons are clear and its difficult to accidentally press too many buttons as happens with pocket calculators.
The calculator is solar powered, sometimes I see it on at the desk and worry that the power will go, however as it's solar powered this is never the case, although it also has one battery with it which has lasted me perfectly so far. I have used this for well over 6 months and find it easy and convenient.
I also like the way it looks, it looks simplistic but stylish and iconic and I much prefer this to the small buttoned calculators that look like PDA's or mobile phones, this is used simply for calculating and does its job perfectly.
The calculator costs £2.99 on Amazon, but it is well worth this price, it has longevity, looks good, is easy to set up and operate and I never get to the end of a calculation and find my big fingers have pressed 8 and 9 simultaneously.
A seriously underrated buy, convenient, simple but perfect for its required job.
My requirements of a calculator are few:
It must work and be reliable
It must be sturdy enough to withstand a few knocks
It must have a big enough keypad to avoid mis-keying
It must be readily transportable without being too bulky
I have had innumerable calculators over the years, most flattering only to ultimately disappoint. I have formed the view that many if not most of the cheap calculators available deliver poor value and don't last long. There must be millions of unused non-functioning calculators cluttering up desk drawers throughout the land.
I used to do a fair bit of work on the train to and from London and I needed a calculator that wasn't too big and bulky, so I got one of these very simple calculators from my local supermarket about 18 months ago. I liked the simplicity of its design, the nice big keys and the dual power facility - given that it isn't generally cost-effective to replace batteries in something as cheap as a calculator (they always seem to run on those little round ones that I don't usually stock), so solar power is a must.
I bought it from the Back to School section, because I specifically didn't want anything that was over-complicated and which provided me with superfluous buttons allowing me to perform calculations that I would never need to perform. Somebody once gave me one of these " I can do anything" calculators and set about educating me on the various key stroke combinations of the lesser-used functions, but I had to stop him because I just wasn't interested. He has gone on to be an anorak of some renown.
This 8 digit calculator is small enough to be easily transportable in my case and yet large enough to qualify as a desk calculator. It comes in a nice computer beige with darker grey function buttons contrasting with lighter grey buttons showing the numbers, laid out in a standard caluclator layout. It is very easy to get used to and has worked well throughout the time I have had it. Because it has a facility whereby it switches off if it hasn't been used for a while, it has just gone on and on without requiring any intervention.
In summary, I am entirely satisfied with the performance of this calculator and would readily recommend it to others. It is still widely available in store and on-line with prices varying between 5 and 10 pounds. Press the button!
We have a couple of calculators in our house, one is a very old scientific calculator that I used at school and university, and the other is a newer and much more simple Casio MX-8V calculator. I bought this on Amazon and paid about £3 a year or so ago, and it's still workin well now.
In terms of looks, this is a very functional looking device, it's quite plain being a very light grey in colour with darker grey buttons and a red 'on' / clear button on it. The numbers inputted and the answers to the calculations are displayed on an LCD screen at the top of the calculator that is wide enough to display numbers as large as anyone would need, and the display is easy and clear to read, with black digital numbers showing up easily on the background. Overall, the calculator is about 15x10cm, so it's neither too large nor too small to use.
The number and function keys are easy to see and use as they are quite large, which is good for those who have problems seeing things clearly up close, and they are large enough for use by people with large hands like my husband, there's no mashing together of the numbers (unlike on his telephone keypad!)
One good feature of this basic calculator is that it uses a combination of solar power and battery power (1.5v) to run the calculator, and in a year and a bit I've had this calculator I haven't had to change the battery yet, so that's excellent. If you forget to turn this off, it has an automatic power off switch if it's out of action for several minutes, saving battery even more.
The calculator is fully equipped to perform the most major functions. e.g. addition, substration, division, multiplication, finding percentages, square root and positive/negative number functions. I don't think there's much else you'd really need it to do for simple, everyday uses, and if so, you'll need a scientific calculator, not a normal one of any kind.
This one has taken a fair amount of battering, being shoved in and out of drawers, dropped etc, but it's still working well. There are a few scratched on the plastic but those were my fault and overall the calculator has proved itself to be surprisingly rugged. As a simple calculator that's useful, inexpensive and easy to use, you can't really go wrong with this model. Recommended.
If you need a basic calculator then this Casio MX 8V will fit the bill perfectly! The MX 8V is dual powered - battery and solar, which is what the majority of all culculators are these days. What attracted me to this calculator is the extras large display it is. The keys are also quite chunky and are clearly labelled. I also like the way the calculator is set out, with the less significant keys at the top and and extra large + button. The display holds 8 numbers and is a very boring white/light grey colour. The display itself is on an angle to allow you to see it very easily whilst sat at a desk.
Although this calculator has large keys it is still quite compact and weighs under 100grams and the dimensions are 10.3cm X 14.5cm X 0.32cm. i like this calculator very much as although it doesnt have lots of functions, it fits its purpose very well and is reliable due to its dual power feature. At around a fiver it is a bargain!
I use calculators a lot to help balance my monthly finances and due to the ugly bulk of the Casio MX-8V it's never been purloined by calculating visitors and, as such, is the only calculator I've managed to hold on to.
I'm sure there are mathematical tasks for which this calculator is useful, however basic sums are not it's forte. The buttons are just sensitive enough to register numbers you haven't pressed and there's no button to delete the last entry. As such any equations using more than 2 sums are prohibitively frustrating.
In its defense it is particularly cheap but surprisingly sturdy for something so insubstantial. The buttons themselves, despite being so easily triggered, are a good size for lady's fingers but probably too close together for larger digits.
I would definitely not buy another one, but the solar battery is reliable and no-one seems to want to take it off me so I won't have to.
If you ever need a basic calculator then you can't go wrong with any of Casios budget range in my opinion.
The MX-8V is available for around £5 and comes in a cheap looking bubble pack. It measures 10x14cm and the first impressions you get are how sturdy this calculator is. If you're working in small areas and forever knocking things off your desk this is a must!
The MX-8V is solar powered. The packaging also states that it is dual powered with an LR54 battery but this looks to me like it needs you to physically unscrew the back of the calculator.
This calc has a 2x8cm screen and the characters are bigger than your average calculator so for those with poor eyesight it is a godsend to not have to strain your eyes. It's designed as a desktop/worktop calculator and where the lcd screen is it is angled slightly towards you. This is great, combined with the big display it means you can look away from your work and glance without having to arch your neck to see what the calculator is saying!
It comes with 2 rubber pads underneath which do a decent job of keeping the calc from slipping off of the worksurface.
I would say this isn't really that useful a calc if you are doing schoolwork as it has no tan or cosign buttons for example - but for basic desktop arithmetic I don't think you can go wrong. It has all the required numbers, 4 memory buttons, percentage & square root.
The buttons on this are a centimetre wide and if you have big fingers like me they really are designed well with a sufficient amount of space between them (I simply find using small pocket calculators impossible)
All in all budget normally means lesser quality but not in this case. Unless you need those additional buttons then you really can't go wrong with the Casio MX-8S
A dual power, general purpose desktop calculator with a large angled display.Features Include: 8 digit angled display, 4 key memory, mark-up key, square root key, 1 x LR54 battery, solar power, non-stick plastic keys and tough plastic / Short name: Casio MX-8V