For a lot of people productivity tools refer strictly to applications they run on their computers. Despite living in the technological age where everything gets done with the aid of a PC nothing can replace the old pen and paper or even the classic scientific calculator. A lot of times the scientific calculator proves to be faster and easier to use. It is an inexpensive tool that should not be missing from any office, desk or home. Some can do more, others do less and in the end there is a model for each and every need. Here are the top 10 best scientific calculators in 2016 reviews.
10. Sharp EL-W535XBSL Engineering/Scientific Calculator
The Sharp scientific calculator is not really the traditional tool everyone remembers. It fulfills the same role but it does a few things extra. It has a 4 line display which means that longer numbers and equations can be calculated, it has support for n-base and fraction calculation and it supports definable memory. The multiplication table is easy to access and digit punctuation is limited to 3. Build quality is decent and does not feel cheap despite its low price. It is an inexpensive calculator that should be able to perform quite well in anyone’s hands.
9. Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS 2-Line Scientific Calculator
Texas Instruments is one of the most well known manufacturers of engineering tools and microchips. Their scientific calculator is one of the more simple models that would better fit in the hands of someone that needs a tool that is less complicated to use. It has a 2 line display and all the standard functions. It can calculate long expressions and supports editing on numbers without deleting. It works on standard batteries and comes in multiple colors such as black, blue, pink, orange, magenta, grey and a few other more.
8. HP HP10S+ Engineering/Scientific Calculator
Probably very few people knew that HP makes scientific calculators. The HP10S is an extremely practical tool that combines functionality with sleek design and excellent build quality. It has a standard two line display and a solar cell to extend its battery lifetime. The functions available are fairly standard but the thing that stands out is the build quality. It is a productivity tool that looks great on an office desk. As an additional note it is worth mentioning that it is inexpensive despite its premium build quality.
7. TI-36X Pro Scientific Calculator
The TI-36X Pro scientific calculator seems like a simple device and the truth is that there is not that much special about it except for the price and display. Because it has a 3 line display the calculator can handle extremely complex expressions. It is capable of handling geometry, trigonometry, algebra 1 and 2, calculus and many more. It can covert fractions and decimals and it is capable of showing stacked fractions. Using the TI-36X can feel like reading from a text book when it comes to how expressions are displayed which makes it a practical and easy to use tool.
6. Casio Fx-991es Scientific Calculator
Sounds like an odd thing to say about something as simple as a calculator but the Fx-991es is a limited edition scientific calculator made by Casio. It is limited for a good reason as it is probably one of the fewest models that has 417 functions. The calculator comes with a 2 line display that is capable of showing expressions as they appear in text books and features a solar cell that will extend the battery life. It has a decent build quality and it is being sold for a decent price making it an excellent productivity tool. Additionally, due to its compact form factor it can fit into a pocket which means that field engineers and similar people that like to have a calculator when they are not at the office will surely enjoy using it.
5. Texas Instruments TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator
The ones that need a compact scientific calculator with simple functions and decent battery life might enjoy using the TI-30Xa. It is simple, nicely built and supports all the standard functions such as logarithms, trigonometry, roots, reciprocals, factorials and powers. The calculator comes bundled with a slide case and it is being sold for less than $10. Being so compact makes it convenient to carry it around in a pocket which recommends it for mobile people that like to be productive on the go.
4. Casio FX-260SLRSC Scientific Calculator
The Casio FX-260 is what many might call a classic scientific calculator with a traditional 10 digit and two lines display and all the basic functions. It a tool that will feel familiar to the ones that used to work with scientific calculators. It is battery powered but also comes with a solar cell to extend its life span. The product is bundled with a hard slide case and the battery is included. It is completely made of plastic and has large enough buttons to make it easy to operate.
3. Canon F-719SG Scientific Calculator
The Canon F-719SG is a compact portable scientific calculator. It has smaller buttons and a more crowded layout to save as much space as possible and make it a small productivity tool. It has a two line display and a solar cell to save battery power. In terms of usability, the calculator has 38 built-in formulas, no less than 302 functions and it is made of recycled materials.
2. HP 33S Scientific Calculator
The HP 33S is a professional grade scientific calculator. It is more expensive than most other models but it makes up for it with its features and premium construction. HP made their calculator sturdy and durable. It comes with a 32 KB memory and about 27 memory slots for functions. The display supports two lines and it automatically turns off when not used for a period of time.
1. Casio FX-300ES Plus
Even if almost all other calculators in the list are a bit more expensive the Casio FX is one of the best models available. The display supports up to 6 lines which can be used for complex and long formulas. The design and build quality are superior despite being so inexpensive. Due to its display the functions will always look exactly like in a textbook making them easy to read and edit. Unlike other models the calculator comes with a power cell that can power the device without the aid of a battery.