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Hawkin's Bazaar Chocolate Calculator
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Hawkin's Bazaar Chocolate Calculator
Advantages: Looks fantastic, very simple to use and a fun item
Disadvantages: This is a very basic calculator
I was given this calculator as a joke birthday present, after being diagnosed with diabetes a few days previously - my brother obviously knew how much I was going to miss chocolate! It is a fully working pocket calculator, rather basic with a lack of scientific functions but perfectly adequate for any simple arithmetic or 'working out'.
The calculator looks surprisingly like a slab of chocolate; the keys of the calculator are shaped and arranged to look like pieces of chocolate and the entire calculator is nicely designed with a real comedic twist. The colouring is practically identical to Dairy Milk and while I am not terribly enamoured with the chocolate aroma that has been infused into the plastic, it is vaguely reminiscent of chocolate although I personally found it to be a rather sickly smell when the calculator was new.
The aroma does wear off, however, it has retained a slight scent over the almost two years since I was given it but it is getting indistinguishable now. I personally will be pleased when it has disappeared altogether, although I suspect my four year old granddaughter will be rather disappointed as she is amazed by nanny's 'smelly' calculator.
The calculator is extremely well made; I had been expecting it to be a flimsy affair based on the fact that the buttons appear 'placed' on top of the main body of the calculator, this isn't the case however and each button is securely attached making it unlikely that any will simply drop off. In fact I can attest to the fact that it's a sturdy item as I dropped it on my stone kitchen tiles recently and there was no damage whatsoever.
The calculator works as it should, the buttons are easy to depress and responsive enough that I have never had to 'force' one down to register the digit. Once or twice I have accidentally caused a number to appear twice on the screen, this has always been on days where my arthritis is playing up though so I'm certain it is down to my poor coordination rather than a flaw with the buttons. I find the display easy to read, although it is not backlit it remains readable in fairly low light with well defined numerals of a decent size.
The calculator is 20cm in length and 9cm high, coupled with a depth of around 1cm these dimensions means this calculator is not easily misplaced. I have other, smaller, calculators which have become lost in the various drawers around my home but that is unlikely to happen to this bulkier machine. I keep mine in my kitchen drawer as it is in this room I have the most need for a calculator, be it for adding up an Avon order or balancing my chequebook after paying the milkman.
This calculator was never designed to be used in A Level Maths, but it suits my needs perfectly. It is foremost a novelty item, although with far more uses than the other novelty gifts my brother buys for me. I am debating whether to buy my granddaughters one each as a stocking filler as they are all confirmed chocolate lovers, I think the fun value would make it a far nicer gift than buying them a standard calculator - although to be honest the older girls' seem to have replaced calculators, alarm clocks and all sorts of things with their mobile phones so maybe I should just buy one for the little one. It would certainly be cheaper as this chocolate inspired calculator costs £9.50 in Hawkin's Bazaar, which, although this is a nice product, is vastly overpriced compared to 'plain' basic calculators.
Summary: A calculator that looks like a bar of chocolate, an ideal stocking filler.
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