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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.

Good luck!
Jon

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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 current ones bear almost no resemblance to the ones you bought 20 years ago. In fact the current ones bear no resemblance to ones I used in engineering school 7 years ago.
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You clearly have no idea what it takes to optimize math libraries. Especially ones that are assembly optimized for the architecture. If you think this math is "simple" to accomplish correctly, on a well optimized embedded system (not on a 4GHz multicore PC) on a couple of AA batteries... Well... You honestly have a lot of Dunning Krueger going on.

You also don't understand how fast processor architectures change.

You also don't recognize that TI has been releasing new calcs every 5 years for the past 20 years.

News flash, you full color TI calc of today is not based upon the 68000 processor that was used 20 years ago.

So they want to make money on their intellectual property? You can do better for $10? Go for it. They also have no competition except HP and Casio, and traditionally TI's user experience has been MUCH better. That's why it's so widely adopted.

So stop complaining about what the market is willing to bear and that they have had a successful business model for 20 years. You are just silly.

In any case, you refuted my argument with zero additional information other than saying "no I don't think so from my armchair expert location"

But, yes, go with the monopoly evil corporation theory OR, go get a raspberry pi, add an LCD, put python on it, make it work on batteries and compete at 1/4 the cost....
I can't wrap my head around the vigor some people have for defending corporations, free of charge. Boggles the mind. These shouldn't cost $100 and they only do because courses are based off using these. Do you spend your free time defending ISPs? If not, I know a few who could use your free labor.
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In this day and age...is there an App that has all the same features?

My daughter requires a TI Nspire CX CAS Graphing
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Just came to this thread to say "fark TI". Thank y'all for your time.

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Wow. When the hell did they remove the ability to curse?
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It is insane expensive for a calculator...
I think I can build a web version one for a weekend project by reading its instruction.
For a physical one, we should be able to build one within 20 dollars... if the TI is not going to sue me some copyright issues....
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Can I play Pokémon blue or gold on here? Nothing else really matters to me.
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This was my main worry about the CE. But it sounds like their is a battery meter and it will last for a few weeks. Plus I think you can replace it for $15 or so.

For the most part people say the better is great but there are still a few who say it won't take a charge after a year.
The battery does last a long time, and it was never a problem for me, but I was using it in college and not as a middle schooler.
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I was just going to say this. I got a TI-86 in 2000 for about $80 (our high school either bought in bulk or partially subsidized it, I can't remember). They retailed for about $100. $100 back then is like $160 today, so it selling for $100 inow s a pretty decent discount relative to 20+ years ago.
Manufacture cost of it also shrunk by a ton more during the 21 years.
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Is the Python version overkill for an incoming freshman (high school)?

Thanks,

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IMHO, it's is mostly a gimmick. It is neither convenient nor practical to do general-purpose coding on the calculator. Still, the geek in me cannot resist...
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This was a fun read. Everyone complaining about a $100 calculator while typing messages on a $1200 iPhone….
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This was a fun read. Everyone complaining about a $100 calculator while typing messages on a $1200 iPhone….
I'm sure not everyone is on a $1200 phone lol.
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Do yourself a favor and get the, in every way, superior Casio fx-CG50 [amazon.com] currently at Amazon for $79. Better display, faster, easier to use, permitted for all SAT/ACT/IB/... Includes Python. Don't support TI with their anti-competitive practices.
As a 20 year high school teacher, I can tell you right now that unless your kid wants to learn how to use the casio on their own by reading the manual, don't get it. Its not a matter of which one is superior, it is a matter of which one the teacher is going to teach with.

Out of 12 math teachers in our school, 11 of them tell the students if you get a casio you are on your own learning it. I am the only teacher in the school who knows how to use the Casio, and even kids in my class have to come on their own time if they have questions on the Casio. Do you realistically think a teacher is going to spend 10 minutes trying to figure out the calculator of the 1 kid who has a different one than the other 25 kids?
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In this day and age...is there an App that has all the same features?

My daughter requires a TI Nspire CX CAS Graphing
Wow, lots of good discussion. Here are my 2 cents on some of the questions.
1) Yes, there are free Apps that have the same features or more. There are also TI-84 emulators.
2) Limiting factor is what is Allowed. Classes and standardized tests generally don't allow smart-phones. ACT test do not allow calculators with CAS. SAT test allow calculators with CAS.
3) Does the student NEED all those fancy features? I've been studying the SAT questions, and you don't need anything fancy. And for classes, any old calculator can probably work fine. So, you don't really NEED graphing calculators. The difference is SPEED and ACCURACY. I think I can calculate a simple quadratic equation faster than inputting the numbers into the calculator. But for long complex equations, the calculator will do it a lot faster. (For calculus, it's probably TOO FAST, which means the class might not allow CAS or high-end calculators.) And if a class requires a CAS graphing calculator, the homework/tests would probably take too long to do long-hand.
4) 4 year investment or just for 1 class? 4 years of Math is generally required for high school. That doesn't mean all the math classes would need anything fancy. But for AP Calculus, it would definitely help. So, I see it as a 4 year investment. After that, I think the calculator would still have pretty good resale value. If you're getting it for college student, that could be 4 year investment as well. If you're getting it to pass 1 class, yeah, just get a used one and then resell.
5) HP, CASIO, or TI? Depends on the teacher. The teachers in my kid's school are only trained in TI-84s, so I went with TI.
6) Which TI model? I couldn't decide, so I bought both the TI-84 Plus CE and TI-Nspire CX II CAS used (but like-new condition). And just FYI, the HP Prime has better reviews than the TI Nspire.
7) Rechargeable Battery: The key is to recharge only when needed. Sure, you can technically recharge it anytime, but it reduces the battery life. Also, the calculator drains the battery quickly when it is in Test mode.
8) Games. The TI-84 Plus OS 5.5.0 and lower supports assembly and C language. I haven't tried it, but you can probably download all games on Gameboy into the calculator. There are also programs that you can buy for various functions that makes the calculator more powerful. Once you upgrade the OS to 5.5.1 or higher, assembly and C language are disabled. Someone mentioned that the new calculator from Target is TI-84 Plus CE Python. That won't be able to run assembly and C language.
9) Python. From what I've read online, Python is slowwww compared to C. I don't know what you would use it for....especially if you have smartphones.
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Always wanted to play the graph calculator games like drug wars on a colored screen
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This looks so much cooler than the TI-85 bought back in 1995. I paid the same amount, but in those days, $100 was a bid deal.
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