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(I know... I used a TI-81 in HS, and I still have my HP 48GX, but my kid can't use a phone app in school. This model seems to show up at this price, annually, right before school starts.)
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Perfect timing. Needed one of these for my kid and I had a Wally World gift card. TU!
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My advice (as a math teacher):

Don't buy this. Wait for a deal on the CE version. It happens every year in late July or August (Target, Walmart, Staples...), and the price point is the same or lower. It's a much better version of this calculator in almost every way (better buttons, higher resolution screen, color screen, rechargeable battery, faster, thinner form factor, etc).

I'm not trying to threadcrap and I'm not downvoting the deal, but I think this calculator represents very old technology at a still inflated price.
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Kids these days are so spoiled. Learn to use an abacus.
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I have to second jiggyblau...The CE edition will probably be on sale at both Target and Staples for $89 within the next 2 weeks.
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man i cheated so much with the text file abilities in college.
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People still use a stand-alone calculator?

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I still have my TI-83 from high school. I remember my mom paying around the same price and she was pissed that it cost so much (early 90s).
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It's amazing to me that a calculator using technology as old as this that has to cost a few bucks to make costs this much, and you can get a cheap smartphone for this much.
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Can we load DrugWar on this bad boy?Wink
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My advice (as a math teacher):

Don't buy this. Wait for a deal on the CE version. It happens every year in late July or August (Target, Walmart, Staples...), and the price point is the same or lower. It's a much better version of this calculator in almost every way (better buttons, higher resolution screen, color screen, rechargeable battery, faster, thinner form factor, etc).

I'm not trying to threadcrap and I'm not downvoting the deal, but I think this calculator represents very old technology at a still inflated
Downside is the rechargeable battery - invariably the battery will tend to die while student is at school and *needs* the calculator for a test that day.

Also, kids needs a physical calculator for school tests, they are not allowed to use their phones or laptops for the math apps.

Notes: Amazon AAA batteries are the best value; Costco's Kirkland batteries tend to leak over time; Dollar Store batteries don't even last an entire school year.
You can remove dried battery leakage with a cotton swab dipped in white vinegar. If a calculator is "dead" (new batteries don't do anything), try opening the calculator and cleaning all the contacts with a cotton swab dipped in 90% isopropyl alcohol.

Also, put the student's name & contact information somewhere on the calculator! Paint pens work great (less likely to rub off and harder to remove than permanent markers).

Source: I volunteer in a high school math department and deal with students and calculator issues on a daily basis.
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My advice (as a math teacher):

Don't buy this. Wait for a deal on the CE version. It happens every year in late July or August (Target, Walmart, Staples...), and the price point is the same or lower. It's a much better version of this calculator in almost every way (better buttons, higher resolution screen, color screen, rechargeable battery, faster, thinner form factor, etc).

I'm not trying to threadcrap and I'm not downvoting the deal, but I think this calculator represents very old technology at a still inflated price.
No lie... The CE Version I have makes this one seem like 20 years old. The Color Screen alone is worth it in my books.
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My advice (as a math teacher):

Don't buy this. Wait for a deal on the CE version. It happens every year in late July or August (Target, Walmart, Staples...), and the price point is the same or lower. It's a much better version of this calculator in almost every way (better buttons, higher resolution screen, color screen, rechargeable battery, faster, thinner form factor, etc).

I'm not trying to threadcrap and I'm not downvoting the deal, but I think this calculator represents very old technology at a still inflated price.
Huge thanks for your input. I was just gonna buy, but will take your advice and hold off for a few weeks and try to pick up a CE model.

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Shoo. I made it thru high school, college, and first five years of work w my trusty ol' TI-30XIIS. Graphing calcs were fun for playing games in high school though...
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