Casio SL-300SV Solar Powered Standard Function Calculator

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I’m assuming that if you’re reading this, it’s because you need a basic calculator for some exam you’re about to take and they won’t allow a calculator that can do anything more than a few basic things. Well, this calculator will work just fine for that. I took it in for an FAA test, and they were more than happy with this simple basic calculator. It also worked well with the ambient light in the testing center.

A nice bonus is that this calculator comes with a vinyl hard backed cover. It attaches itself to the calculator with the included adhesive strip and voila, now you have what looks like a little book, except it’s a calculator, fool! Also, this calculator will transport you back in time to 1989, which was the last time I owned something like this. I had no idea people were still manufacturing these things.

A few things that I liked:
* The display is easy to read and clear – At first I was wondering if I wanted the calculator that had 10 digit display. The downside of that is they make the numbers quite narrow to cram in 10 digits in a space that should ideally hold 8. I actually ordered both and returned the one that displayed 10. The numbers were too distorted and I was afraid that I was going to misread the screen and get an answer wrong.

* The calculator has an OFF button. And also will go into auto off mode after about 8 minutes of being left alone.

* It’s nice to physically press a button vs the virtual buttons on my calculator app on my phone. I’ve started to use this calculator at home for other things instead of reaching for my phone.

* The calculator is lightweight and thin. If you’re a total nerd, you’ll get excited that this will fit into your shirt pocket.

A couple weird things:
* The comma to separate out the thousands and the millions are in the upper part of the screen. It must be a Japanese thing or something. Instead of 12,345,678 the calculator will display 12’345’678. I’m not sure how much that will bug you, but it doesn’t settle all that well with my inner OCD.

* The cover also opens backwards, with the seam on the right side instead of the left. Again, just a weird quirk.

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Top Critical Review

This is a nifty, easy-to-use, responsive and fun little calculator for your basic arithmetic needs but it is CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP AND IT DOES NOT LAST. Do no drop this calculator, DO NOT expose it to heavy use or it will fall apart fast.
I don’t know where they make this calculator or if making sure that it is a quality product is something Casio wants to be known for when they produced this product but it is good but DOES NOT stand up to the test of time. Take your money elsewhere, there are better alternatives out there for a similar price.
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