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Casio vs. Texas...I reluctantly concede defeat.
on 19 April 2016
I purchased this calculator for my A-Level maths studies having seen my peers purchase the Texas Instruments TI nspire CS calculator, this calculator's closest rival. Following a significant amount of debating, I would say that both of these calculators offer all of the features necessary for A-Level (or equivalent). However, the Texas is by far the smoother operator, and has considerably more computing power. Therefore, for the person looking for the best, I would (reluctantly) concede that the Texas is the better purchase. Although, as a beginner with no prior experience with graphical calculators, I would add that the Casio is simpler to operate and get your head around (especially if you are familiar with the other Casio calculators) - partly because on the Texas, everything is organised in files (like a computer). Therefore, the Casio is still a pleasant machine to use.
However, it might be noteworthy to interested customers that this calculators doesn't have secant, cosecant or cotangent functions built-in (admittedly though it is not that difficult to type 1/cos or whatever instead, especially as you need to memorise such identities anyway). Another annoying problem is that the calculator doesn't tell you the syntax for its various functions, unlike the Texas, and so expect to have to consult the enormous user manual regularly while you are getting used to it. What's more, in person, it turned out to be far bigger and bulkier than expected, again, unlike the Texas.
In all though, despite its flaws, this is a very capable calculator that does offer useful benefits over its competitors (ease of use, recursion menu, etc.). Hence, it is definitely one to consider. Though, if I were to purchase again, I would probably sway towards the Texas.