Product Type: Casio gadgets
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Easy to use and always that bit of humour (80085)
Member Name: professorlamp
Advantages: The little differences go a long way
Disadvantages: Not useful for advanced mathematics
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
Summary: Buy it if you need a simple calculator