For the first few years of school, you do need to be able to do complex calculations in your mind, and that exercise and practice will stay with you forever. However, once you start high school, more and more advanced classes will allow you to use a calculator and more often than not, you will need to use a graphing calculator. From that moment on, as long as you stick to a field that has a strong connection with mathematics, the graphic calculator will become your best friend. So, whether you are just about to have your first exam where you are allowed to bring your calculator, or you are working on an engineering doctoral paper, you will find our top 10 best graphic calculators available in the market in of use. We start by a short table detailing the more important features of each one of our choices and then we dive right into the in depth review we have prepared for each product.
|Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator||very good||$$$||Click Here!|
|Texas Instruments Nspire CX CAS Graphing Calculator||excellent||$$$||Click Here!|
|Casio Graphing Calculator (FX-9750GII)||very good||$||Click Here!|
|HP 50g Graphing Calculator||excellent||$$||Click Here!|
|Texas Instruments TI-89 Titanium Graphing Calculator||excellent||$$$||Click Here!|
|Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus C Graphing Calculator||excellent||$$$||Click Here!|
|Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Silver Edition Graphing Calculator||very good||$$$||Click Here!|
|Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator||very good||$$||Click Here!|
|Texas Instruments TI-Nspire CX Graphing Calculator||good||$$$||Click Here!|
|HP Prime Graphing Calculator||good||$$||Click Here!|
1. Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator
The Texas Instruments TI-84 is the new and improved model following the beloved TI-83. If you have ever seen a graphing calculator chances are you have seen a TI-83 just because they have been the graphic calculator of choice for so many people. The TI-84 is perfectly compatible with the older model and can be connected to a PC via an USB cable that is provided in the box. You can display your graphics and tables on a split screen, allowing you to follow the values in a table along with the display on the graph. It comes with 12 pre-loaded apps and it can use those apps at lightning speed due to its improved 24 KB or RAM and 480 KB flash ROM. It is the modern calculator for the modern engineer.
2. Texas Instruments Nspire CX CAS Graphing Calculator
As much as we love and appreciate the TI-84’s classic look and appeal, our favorite graphic calculator is another Texas Instruments product, the Nspire CAS. For one thing it is thinner and lighter than any other calculator on the market and it also has a much larger screen than the TI-84. However, before we go on telling you why we love the Nspire CAS so much let us remind you that you need to check with your school or teacher whether you are allowed to use this calculator in an exam situation. If you are allowed, you are in luck, because the Texas Instruments Nspire CAS has the ability to create 3D colored graphics, color code each equation and transfer each one of you work to a computer when needed. It is also well worth mentioning that the Nspire CAS has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon from almost 600 customers.
3. Casio Graphing Calculator FX-9750GII
At the opposite side of the spectrum from the Nspire CAS is the Casio Graphing Calculator. It is one of the most affordable calculators of its kind that you are going to find and yet it does everything you would need it to do. It can use tables to create graphics, it can connect to a PC via an USB cable so you can download the graphics straight into the computer and it can perform complex number calculations. Despite the relatively low price it comes with 62 KB of RAM memory so it can perform any calculation as fast as any of the other calculators we have talked about.
4. HP 50g Graphing Calculator
The first thing that needs to be said about the HP 50g is that it too has earned a 4.5 star rating on Amazon from more than 400 customers. And we agree that it has earned that rating because of the relatively low price and the functionalities it has. It has an internal 2.5 MB memory and 512 KB of RAM, but you can use an SD card to expand the internal memory of the calculator. That means you can expand on the already huge internal library of 2300 functions to as many as you may need. The display is of average size although it is a definite improvement over the one on the HP 49g.
5. Texas Instruments TI-89 Titanium Graphing Calculator
The fact of the matter is that Texas Instruments are the biggest name in graphing calculators today and they have truly earned that place. They have a wide range of graphing calculators, at various prices and with different features. We have already showed you our favorite but we are going to show you several other models that are worth mentioning on a top 10 best graphing calculators list. The TI-89 has a simple black and white screen, but it does have 188 KB of RAM and 2.7 MB of flash memory. The screen is large enough to allow you to split it and watch the table and the corresponding graph at the same time.
6. Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus C Graphing Calculator
If you would like the full color screen feature of the Nspire CAS, but the familiar format of the TI-83, then the TI-84 Plus C is the calculator for you. It is basically a TI-84, with all the functions and features you would expect, but it also comes with a full color backlit display. It also has a rechargeable battery like the Nspire CAS so you do not need to worry about buying AAA batteries. However, you will need to remember to charge it every 2 weeks or so. It is a relatively new calculator on the market but already it has earned a 4.5 star rating on Amazon from more than 140 customers.
7. Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Silver Edition Graphing Calculator
There is very little more we can say about the Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Silver since it is the same calculator as the TI-84, but in a silver color. It has the same features, it even has a similar 4.4 star rating on Amazon from more than 500 customers. The only difference is that it is silver and that just might tickle the fancy of some of our readers.
8. Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator
We have talked about it so much that we just could not skip, old reliable, the Texas Instruments TI-83. It is slightly slower than the TI-84 and a smaller, 64 X 96 pixel screen. However, if this is the calculator you are used to, you may not care about all those things, so here it is.
9. Texas Instruments TI-Nspire CX Graphing Calculator
Before the Nspire CAS came to market there was the TI-Nspire and it got a lot less love, in the sense that it only achieved a 4.0 star rating on Amazon. The biggest problem with it was the fact that the track pad was not very responsive and, since it was one of the first models of its kind, buying it meant you would be the only one in your class to have something like it.
10. HP Prime Graphing Calculator
We are going to close our list of the top 10 best graphing calculators available on the market in with the HP Prime. It is an interesting alternative if you have a problem with the Texas Instruments calculators but aside from any personal grudges you may have it is definitely not worth the money. You can get the Nspire CAS for the same price and that one has a 3D graphics capability while this one does not. However the upshot is that the HP Prime has 32 MB of memory and 256 MB of flash memory and that is more than you could use for any type of problem.