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If only real smarties were this big...
Large Smartie Style Calculator
Member Name: FridaysArePurple
Large Smartie Style Calculator
Advantages: Looks great and the battery lasts a long time
Disadvantages: Unstable when operated with one hand
As is apparent from the picture, this review is about a calculator shaped like a big orange smartie. Mine is orange however they are also available in a variety of different colours including yellow, green, pink, purple and blue. In my opinion, orange is the best colour to have as they are of course the best flavour smartie with their delicious orange chocolate filling!
This calculator is about 10cms in diameter. All of the buttons are round and all of the different possible smartie colours are represented with the numbers written in on them white. The On/C button is surrounded by a raised rim of plastic which is moulded to the main body of the calculator. I am not exactly sure why this button is different but I assume this is to stop it from being knocked by accident and clearing the memory when in the middle of a calculation. The display is a simple one line digital display. All of the standard number and function buttons are present in addition to some memory buttons, a square root function and also a percentage button.
The surface of the calculator is curved just like a real smartie which looks great. It is flattened on the base so it can sit on flat surfaces however I find that it can still wobble around when using it like this - especially with the number buttons that are near the edges. It is easier to pick it up with one hand and press the buttons with the other but this can be quite annoying as it prevents you writing at the same time.
It is a basic calculator that doesn't do anything fancy but it looks nice and is useful to have at home in a draw for those occasions when you quickly want to work something out. I have had mine for many years now and it only has occasional use but it is still going strong. I can't remember where I bought it from but it was around £4. I haven't seen any in shops lately and they only seem to be available online from a limited choice of websites. I would recommend searching ebay if you are interested in buying one.
I know that mini varieties of this calculator which are about three inches in diameter are also available. I have a red one and it fits nicely in a pencil case but because of the small size the buttons are much more fiddly than they are on this larger version. I purchased this smaller version from Sainsburys for £1.
So in summary, this is a great looking novelty calculator with basic functions but it is a bit wobbly when placed on a flat surface and used with one hand. This annoys me so for that reason, I will knock off a star and rate it 4 stars. If you are looking to purchase a calculator in the shape of a big orange smartie then this is definitely the item for you!
Summary: Novelty calculator
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