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Target has Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus CE Color Graphing Calculator (various colors) on sale for $99.99. Shipping is free.

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  • The TI-84 Plus CE makes comprehension of math and science topics quicker and easier. Ideal for middle school through college. The same menu structure and navigation as the TI-84 Plus family make it easy to pick up and learn. The built-in MathPrint™ feature allows you to input and view math symbols, formulas and stacked fractions exactly as they appear in textbooks.

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TI-84 Plus CE (Color Edition) is on sale this week for $99.99 at Target. This calculator is available from Target in 4 colors:

Blue: https://www.target.com/p/texas-in...nk=sametab

Red: https://www.target.com/p/texas-in...nk=sametab

White: https://www.target.com/p/texas-in...nk=sametab

Black: https://www.target.com/p/texas-instruments-84-ce-graphing-calculator-black/-/A-82545755#lnk=sametab​ [target.com]

Please note that TI has stopped making the graphing calculator in pink. You can still find a few of those on amazon or ebay but for a premium price.

These calculators are required in every high school in America, even though we all know they are overpriced and not more useful than a $10 calculator in everyday life.

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Nattefrost asked this question on 07-19-2021 at 10:12 AM
07-19-2021 at 10:12 AM
The screen and battery beat out a number of the Nspire models, but the functionality of the Nspire is not included here. The key issue will be whether such a calculator would be allowed for your application (course, test, etc.).

Personally the highest end of my everyday models is an old TI-Nspire CAS (the earliest ARM model). Cost savings are a factor as the color screen models still command a premium (and as easy as they'd be on my eyes, I've done fine so far with the grayscale LCDs). I also appreciate being able do my own battery management.

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It's so absurd that these things are still as expensive now as they were nearly 20 years ago when I bought my first one.
The thing is the libraries and algorithms aren't *still* being optimized and developed over the past 20+ years. They are basically copy and paste the same things over and over and over. There's zero new expense needed other than manufacturing costs, which is probably so dirty cheap now as everything is so underpowered and the screen quality is absolute crap by today's standard.

Porting isn't really that big of a problem, and the math operations that thing does are so simple I'm not even sure if there's need to optimize anything unless they use totally outdated processors from like the 80s.

Sounds to me more about everything else (monopoly, behind the scene stuff, etc) than technological reasons to me.

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It's so absurd that these things are still as expensive now as they were nearly 20 years ago when I bought my first one.
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That's been the pitch for years. So long as classrooms and students are under-resourced and high-stakes standardized testing are common if not the norm, they'll still have the monopoly.
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Good deal, although I was hoping the Python version would be released in the US before the next school year.
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Unfortunately I need to buy one of these this year. Is this a good price or should I holdout for a better deal? Anyone have any insight into the situation?

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Unfortunately I need to buy one of these this year. Is this a good price or should I holdout for a better deal? Anyone have any insight into the situation?

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This is the cheapest this will go for retail. Craigslist is a good option for TI calcs though as many colleges require it so students buy and then dump after their one math class. The monopoly on the graphing calculator market, tied to standardized testing, is absurd. We should have moved beyond paper and pencil tests for ACT/SAT to digital adaptive testing with built in calculators that don't have additional costs.
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It's so absurd that these things are still as expensive now as they were nearly 20 years ago when I bought my first one.
I came here to say the same thing. I can't believe these still cost the same as when I graduated high school in the late 90s!
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You're not paying just for hardware. The software libraries and math algorithms TI optimized and developed decades ago are still the best. They also have to port them and re-optimize them ever few years to support the rapid turn over of microprocessors (though once they moved them to ARM cores they probably didn't need to change them too much anymore).
The thing is the libraries and algorithms aren't *still* being optimized and developed over the past 20+ years. They are basically copy and paste the same things over and over and over. There's zero new expense needed other than manufacturing costs, which is probably so dirty cheap now as everything is so underpowered and the screen quality is absolute crap by today's standard.

Porting isn't really that big of a problem, and the math operations that thing does are so simple I'm not even sure if there's need to optimize anything unless they use totally outdated processors from like the 80s.

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This is the cheapest this will go for retail. Craigslist is a good option for TI calcs though as many colleges require it so students buy and then dump after their one math class. The monopoly on the graphing calculator market, tied to standardized testing, is absurd. We should have moved beyond paper and pencil tests for ACT/SAT to digital adaptive testing with built in calculators that don't have additional costs.
Super agreed. There's zero reason to buy brand new and create more waste. eBay craigslist Mercari etc etc have plenty of used for cheap.
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I just got one for my 8th grader. I was not sure of Ti-84 Plus CE vs Ti-84 Plus. With this sale they are basically the same price and this one CE, has a color screen, more memory, more power and a rechargeable batter.

But I am worried if my son gets to school and it's dead then what or if in a year or two the battery won't hold a charge. The old Ti-84 plus you just pop in new AAA and your done good for decades to come.

I am also worried if teachers only know the old (2005) Ti-84 Plus to help kids, so when they see this CE addition will it blow their minds?

Hopping this calculator is the right choice vs the old basic TI-84.

BTW great price, get it now. My school requires it for 8th grade. But with COVID last year it was not required. So in my area there will be two grades looking for them, twice the demand.
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