Product Type: Casio gadgets
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By My Calculations, this is a great buy
Member Name: jo1976
Date: 17/10/11, updated on 08/10/13 (122 review reads)
Advantages: Large screen, generous buttons, easy to use, dual power
Disadvantages: Not pocket sized but still lightweight and small enough to transport easily
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.
Summary: Robust, reliable and cost effective to run
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