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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 107 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great calculator, but not a clear winner over ti

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    Speedj2
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    it was a difficult choice between this and the ti-nspire cx cas. i ultimately went with the HP because i really dont like the menu based interface on the TI. the HP feels more like a calculator and i was able to much more easily do basic everyday calculations on it. and thanks to the easy to use help system, i was much more quickly able to figure out more advanced functions as well. The cas system works well for both, but im not sure if the TI has Laplace and Fourier transforms. however, the HP doesnt have good 3D graphing either (despite what appeared to be a promising 3d graphing app online) while the ti does. it also took me a while to figure out how to properly create and use custom functions. once i had it figured out, however, ive found custom functions to be incredibly useful and easy to set up on the HP once you know how. i would also appreciate a bit more info on defining custom user keys, as the system doesnt appear to be as extensive as i'd hoped. so far ive only been able to define custom user functions onto number keys. I also havent delved much into programming this thing, but it does look like it may have more potential in that field, especially since ti started locking theirs down. however, available software is limited and ive found that downloading and installing other users programs is a far more complicated and buggy process than i would have liked. if not for TI's crackdown on their own programming capabilities, i would say they have the better system, but since i plan on learning to program this thing myself anyway, i decided to go with HP. The HP also seems to provide clearer answers in terms of roots or pi more often, and is easier to switch between numeric and symbolic representation with these answers. however, the ti was more intuitive when it came to using complex(imaginary) number conversions in exponential or trigonometric forms (still possible on hp, just less intuitive), and neither calculator performed well when taking limits at infinity. my recommendation would be to thoroughly test both out using the emulators (30 day trial for the TI) before making a decision. also keep in mind that as nice as the mouse is on the ti emulator, the touchpad on the actual unit is absolute garbage, while the touchscreen on the hp is actually pretty nice. that said, probably one of the bigger deciding factors for me was the emulator itself. i really like the emulator for the HP a lot more than the ti. and its very easy to do work on the emulator, or take notes, or design a program or function or user key definition, on the emulator, and then transfer it to the actual unit. i actually decided to get the HP when i decided that i would be using the HP emulator a lot more than i would the ti. even though the HP emulator was free, i wanted a handheld unit for exams that would sync with it and that would allow me to use the same interface in both environments. either way, both calculators are way overpriced and unless you need it for exams in college, i wouldnt get either. ultimately, i still think its a great calculator, but its not a clear winner over the ti.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Highly customizable

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    Atlas
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    I am an owner of the TI Nspire CX CAS. I loved it. The HP Prime is my new favorite though, the touch screen can't be beat. The active community adds to it's charm, with so much customizing available, games, 3d graphing, periodic table, on screen qwerty (why isn't this already loaded?), Etc... The calculator is lacking in functions when compared to the Nspire, however it is superior in hardware in every way. Also it's easy to compensate for the lack of functions by downloading some programs. Build quality is excellent and it is much more enjoyable to hold verses my Nspire. I use them both right now, the transition between User Interfaces can be a little difficult, it is lacking in the functionality overall, wish it wasn't limited to 10 of everything. The TI can go all the way up to 99 equations to graph. I know the HP can do better, so why isn't this changed in the software yet? That's about it. I still love the Nspires PC layout though, can't beat the spreadsheet and list mix, HP should take a real hard look at their competition, but the community still compensates for it. For now anyway they are super active compared to the Nspires.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Scientific/Graphing Calculator

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    DJWestTexas
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    I think the HP Prime is the finest graphing calculator available today, regardless of price! I have owned and used the TI NSpire, TI 84, TI 89, Casio Classpad and Casio FX9100 calculators and they don't come close! The touch screen is perfect in sensitivity to touch and the user interface is superb. Much better than the TI NSpire. I recommend this calculator to all of my students if they want the best. It is incredibly fast on graphing and functions related to graphing (finding roots, max/mins, areas). The included apps are superb. The user interface is different from other calculators, but if you use the user guide and tutorials, you quickly get used to it and appreciate it. There is also a free emulator program for your computer or tablet. It has powerful programming features if you wish to use them. It evaluates rational numbers in operations with exact rational answers. It evaluates standard trig angles with their exact values. I love this calculator!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing calculator, had some issues though

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    Ross
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    This is definitely my favorite calculator so far, much easier/faster in my opinion for doing vector math than the TI’s, the TI’s do seem to have more content and I like the documents in the Nspire, but the Prime is much more intuitive to use and has the majority of necessities assigned to a button, where they’re in a list for the Nspire. There are a couple of downsides, first I had to return this calc twice, to receive new ones due to issues... if it wasn’t this good I would have stopped trying after the 1st replacement. I think it would be excellent to see them integrate a full keyboard like the Nspire but it is what it is. I still own and use my Nspire, but the prime has taken the spot for my go-to use all of the time workhorse... just had to find one that was reliable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very happy so far

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    Procurererinwonder
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    I have the HP 50g, and really like it, wanted this one because it’s backlit and to try out some of the different features. Haven’t had a chance to utilize it a whole lot yet, but looks very promising. I panicked at first because I didn’t think it had RPN, but it does, you just have to set it up in the config. The RPN is only for the calcs, but I’ll continue to work with it. Big reason for the purchase was a larger screen and backlighting. The HP 50 g doesn’t have either of those. I wish there’d make a new 50 g with added back lighting and larger screen. This might be fine. But, it’s hard to beat the computational power of the 50 g. Check out YouTube as well, some very good comparisons.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great calculator

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    pari
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    I bought this calculator to use in my physics courses. Admittedly, I was drawn to the touch screen functionality. The screen does not disappoint, as it is quick & responsive. Love the quadratic equation solver - so I can say good-bye to using the quadratic formula! I've only used it over the course of 2.5 months, and I'm not savvy about programming calculators - so my experience is limited in some sense. One flaw I can recall is that some of the buttons are in "un-intuitive positions" and that the orange coloring of the letter symbols makes them hard to identify. Oh! And the user manuals that come with it are sparse w/ information - make sure you hunt down the full user manual online so that you may better understand, and wield, the power in your hands.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    NOT An Engineer’s Calc

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    ElecEngr

    (Usage history- 15c, 48gx, 50g, 35s) This abomination doesn’t know if it’s a PDA or a calc: (1) on a calc, the interface is thru keys, putting fingers on screen confuses the user (2) the switch between numerics and CAS confuses the user, makes it essentially unusable (3) rechargable battery life unknown, on other calcs, just have another set handy (4) key color scheme is hard to read (5) gone are HP standbys like assignable keys and expandable memory (6) forget using any programs from previous models. To sum up, this machine panders to kiddies used to TI machines. For engineers and other scientists, start collecting the older models.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great calculator for beginners, college, or work.

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    Solaum
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    This calculator is great for engineering classes, I am currently taking in college. It is quick and easy to get to commonly used formulas with the touch of a specific button. It does take a little time to become familiar with the layout and location of certain functions. This calculator also have the option to program specific functions that are not preloaded on the calculator. Therefore it can be used for more advanced classes as you progress through college.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Hp Calculator

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    toby614
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    The HP - Prime Portable Graphing Calculator is a good calculator. A few things, it doesn't support all picture types. So this is frustrating. Pairing it with a macbook is also frustrating, however there is some ok third party software you can find for free. Lastly updating the software on the calculator makes older software downloads not work. The touch screen is great, it is faster and has a better zoom than the TI-Titanium. Overall I like the product, but would suggest not updating the software and compressing all images before uploading.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    HP Prime is decent

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    Peugh314
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    The HP Prime is less intuitive than I had hoped. I was surprised to see that the programming language that they had chosen was Pascal. This language was the one that I originally used in many of my college programming classes; however, I am not clear on why they would not choose a newer language. In any event, I would recommend this calculator only if required for a class by the teacher or if you have much time to figure it out.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Calculator - Complex but powerful

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    shirokuro
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    Very impressed with this calculator although it will take me a while to figure out everything it can do. It has built-in help which is certainly useful. The only real criticism I have is a lack of documentation. A user guide can be downloaded from HP, but aside from that there is not a lot of material out there, unlike the TI models. There are some youtube tutorials if you look though. Very happy with this machine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for solving complex math problems

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    ChemEngr
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    My son has found this calculator very useful for solving problems in his high school math and science classes. Its built-in functions are convenient for solving repetitive problems like quadratic equations. The RPN capability facilitates quicker computations for multi-step problems. My son especially likes the bright color touch screen and plans to take it to college. His only complaint about this calculator is that it is not easy to program.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Calculator

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    Hoser
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    I have always been a user of HP calculators. HP did a good job on this one. I really like the touch screen and the color display. The built in HELP functions are also handy. It does take a little to get use and finding your way around for the various things you want it to do. Also does not have the nice user manual that always came with the older HP's (have to go online and download it now). That is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great calculator for beginner or advanced math

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    solaum
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    This product exceeds my expectations in many ways. It is very easy to change between formulas and functions, with or without the touchscreen. I wish I had gotten one years ago when I was taking college algebra, geometry, calculus, and physics. I still have more math too take in engineering. I will spend a lot of time trying to get the most potential from this calculator.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I wish I would have purchased sooner!

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    Cms2681
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    My calculator died the night before my statistics final. I went to Best Buy looking for the TI-84 CX CAS, but they were sold out so I tried out the hp. It is incredibly easy to use. I love being able to type my notes on the computer. I was able to successfully use all of the necessary functions such as hypothesis testing, standard deviation, confidence intervals, and probability by the next day when I took my exam.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great calculator

    Posted
    Sigma86
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    At the beginnings I bought it to help me through a math placement exam for engineers. It helped me a lot in drawing exactly my linear equations, trigonometric operations and polar points in the plane. I like the switch from B&W platform to a new multicolored one. It comes loaded with a lot features and apps for science, math and engineer majors. It is my go to calculation machine on the go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best calculator I've owned

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    Pichon
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    There are plenty of reviewes explaining in detail why this calculator is great. I'm just going to agree. I never liked TI calculators and never understood why those were the best choice. My experience tells me there're some shady deals going on between TI and the educational institutions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best HP Scientific/Engineering calc

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    Chloedog
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    I gave away my HP27S about 5 years ago thinking I would just use my cell phone as a calculator. I ended up missing the tactile feel of dedicated buttons that my old HP27S had. I tried to find a used 27S but the prices were as much as the HP Prime.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Steep learning curve, excellent performer

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    renerabbitt
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    The features for this calculator seem limitless. There are plenty of videos online to teach you some of the tricks to this calculator. I particular like the ability to take notes on my computer in class direct to the notes section of this calculator

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Favorite graphing calculator

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    Kristired
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    I purchased this for my son is is taking AP Calculus his senior year. We had already purchased a TI calculator but it did not do all the tasks he needed like this one. He absolutely loves this calculator and will be able to use it in college too.

    I would recommend this to a friend