Some Thoughts on the Durabrand
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Now, how about the Durabrand calculator that has recently
appeared at Wal-Mart for $19.95? Here's what little preliminary
information I have on it. (Please read the DISCLAIMER at the start of
* Has a 50-key keyboard that appears to
be fairly well arranged except, possibly for the SHIFT key.
* Has fraction and Ans keys.
* Has sufficient memories for most any purpose -
* Has about any of the standard algebraic and
trig functions that you would want - including one- and two-variable
* Algebraic entry of formulas.
* Easily obtained battery - CR2032. This is the
same as the battery used for the memory in the TI-83 Plus.
* Has some limited programming ability.
* The display for the graph is very small, 35 x
23 pixels. The full-screen display on the TI-83 Plus is 62 x 94 and
screen G-T display is 50 x 46.
* As far as I can see, there is no equivalent of the ENTRY
function on the TI-83 Plus. This is very useful when you need to use
a long expression and only edit a number or
* Programming is limited to 400 steps divided among ten
pre-designated programs. Gamers, forget about it.
SUMMARY OF DURABRAND CALC:
Don't let the small number of
cons lead you to believe this is equivalent to the TI-83 Plus or the Casion
CFX-9850 series. This is more on the order of the old Casio 7000G Graphic
calculator. This is merely my opinion, but I'd try to come up with 15 to
20 dollars more money and look hard for a used TI-83 Plus or equivalent.
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