Best Calculators

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 9, 2020
As mighty and capable as computers are, they're not as portable and convenient as simple calculators when it comes to prolonged everyday use. Plus, the best calculators can handle much more than common math. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

The keys have generous tactile feedback. The layout is also generous, with sufficient spacing between the keys. They feel sturdy, provide a good travel, and a solid rebound. The model lets you subtract the number on the screen to the number stored in the memory.

CONS

The keys are a little loud. 

OUR VERDICT

The ONXE GX-200 goes with the classic retro look that old-school calculators were rocking back in the good ol' days. But, unlike those calculators, this model delivers a rounding function, decimal location (both via switch), and a tax function.

detailed parameters
Display

12-digit tilted LCD screen 

Power Source

Battery-powered (1 x "AA" battery) with solar cell assistance 

Extras

Rounding function (switch), Decimal location (switch), memory function, square root 

Dimensions

6.3" x 6.3" x 1.1"

7.1 oz

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The prints on the keys are quite resilient. Measuring 4.7 x 5.7 x 1.6 inches, this is the most compact model within this selection. At 3.5 ounces, it is also the most lightweight one. The calculator automatically turns off after some idle time, preserving the battery. 

CONS

The legs are uneven (it teeters when pressing the keys).

OUR VERDICT

The Helect H1001 has been designed clean and, for the most part, ergonomically sound. The anti-slip mats on the bottom will let you use this device on slippery surfaces. Featuring key rollover, the model registers every keystroke even when you press multiple keys simultaneously.

detailed parameters
Display

12-digit tilted LCD screen

Power Source

Battery-powered (1 x "AA" battery) with solar cell assistance 

Extras

Memory function

Dimensions

4.7" x 5.7" x 1.6"

3.5 oz

Warranty

Limited lifetime

PROS

The tax function will let you easily calculate the interest rate. The currency exchange function enables working with 3 currencies at the same time. The keys are responsive. They're also quiet, which means you can use this device without distracting the people nearby.

CONS

The model chews through batteries mercilessly. 

OUR VERDICT

The Casio MS-80B takes up almost no space on an average desk. The model also fits an ordinary briefcase and most desk drawers with ease. Using a large font, this device makes the digits readable even from ~5-10 feet. The keys are also quite large.

detailed parameters
Display

8-digit tilted LCD screen

Power Source

Battery-powered (1 x "LR54" battery) with solar cell assistance 

Extras

Tax function, currency exchange function, memory function, square root 

Dimensions

4.1" x 5.8" x 1.1"

4.1 oz

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The 10-digit LCD screen is bright, making the numbers readable even under direct sunlight. The model can solve common math problems and various financial functions. There's a square root key that enables quick square root computing. 

CONS

The keys are a little stiff.

OUR VERDICT

Even the most upscale settings will not be able to humble the Artyea 8541735966. With its bronze/gold-ish frame matched with a white housing, the model looks much more elegant than its price tag usually entails. Measuring 0.4 inches thin, this device easily fits briefcases and backpacks.

detailed parameters
Display

10-digit tilted LCD screen

Power Source

Battery-powered with solar cell assistance 

Extras

Memory function, square root

Dimensions

4.5" x 7.5" x 0.4"

5.3 oz

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The keys are made from durable silicone and the housing adopts sturdy ABS plastic. The reasonable configuration lets you perform common math fast without misclicking. The backspace key will enable correcting the input without erasing the digits you don't want to erase. 

CONS

The screen is not very bright. 

OUR VERDICT

The Ubidda KK-837-12S is a little more basic than the calculators this product shares this list with. Still, despite its basic disposition, the model is not bad per se. With its tilted screen, the numbers will be readable without slouching, and the memory function will let you recall previous calculations.

detailed parameters
Display

12-digit tilted LCD screen

Power Source

Battery-powered (1 x "AA" battery) with solar cell assistance 

Extras

Memory function

Dimensions

4.7" x 5.7" x 1.6"

~4.2 oz
Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

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ONXE GX-200

Classic Retro Look

The ONXE GX-200 goes old-school and we're more than fine joining this calculator on this journey. Where this old-school approach comes from is primarily from the keys. While they feel a little shallow, they're also firm and snappy. The tactile feedback is generous, the keys are well-spaced, they feel sturdy, have good travel, and a pretty solid rebound. They're also quite loud, resembling typewriters' keys more so than calculators'. Of course, some might even like how loud they are, but there's a fairly good chance the people around you will find the clicking noise a little distracting.

What's not distracting is the model enabling quick and easy tax calculation. In addition, the calculator will let you subtract the number displayed on the screen to the one stored in the memory. Pressing the [=] keys, you can also store the results into the Grand Total Memory. Borrowing inspiration from scientific calculators, this model offers a rounding function (switch), a decimal location (switch), and lets you calculate square roots.

So, provided you want something powerful, retro-looking, and long-lasting (the keys have been tested against 100,000 clicks each), the ONXE GX-200 will not leave you wanting more.

Review of ONXE GX-200 Standard Function Scientific Desktop Calculator

 

Helect (H1001)

Ergonomically Sound

The Helect H1001 is clean, simple, and ergonomic. The keys are large, and there's generous spacing between them, so you won't be misclicking all the time. The prints on these keys will not start wearing out or fading away anytime soon. The 'ergonomic' remark primarily pertains to the 30-degree raised screen, enabling easy and accurate screen reading staring right at the numbers. For the most part, the model is ergonomically sound, but the legs are a bit uneven, teetering a little when you press the keys. But, even despite this little mishap, the calculator feels comfortable anyway.

What also contributes to the comfort cause is the calculator's size. At 4.7 x 5.7 x 1.6 inches, the model commands the smallest footprint among the calculators gathered on this list, making this device more desk space-friendly than most. Also, this device weighs just 3.5 ounces, meaning that it is also more lightweight than its direct competition.

Looking at its functions, the model incorporates command sings and can tackle tax and currency conversion and rounding. Add the key rollover to the mix, enabling this device to register every keystroke no matter how many keys are pressed at the same time, and you have yourself a pretty good overall calculator.

Review of Helect (H1001) Standard Function Desktop Calculator

 

Casio MS-80B

Currency Exchange Function

The Casio MS-80B is an elegant solution that takes up very little space on the desk, easily fitting briefcases and desk drawers. On the one hand, the LCD screen cannot accommodate more than 8 digits, which is a little unfortunate. On the other hand, the screen is pretty large and the font it uses is large as well, making these digits easy to read even from a few feet away. What's also large is the keys. Even people with fat fingers will not feel uncomfortable working with these keys. They're snappy and responsive but also quiet, so you can use this device without worrying about distracting the colleagues around you.

The jury is still out on the calculator's attitude towards batteries though. As good as Casio calculators usually are in this regard, this particular model chews through LR54 batteries like nobody's business, so you'll be replacing them every few months.

But, to some extent, we get it. While its predecessors were more merciful towards batteries, they also weren't offering a tax function, currency exchange function, memory function, and square root computing. In closing, assuming you don't mind buying new batteries every ~6 months, the Casio MS-80B will give you excellent value for your money.

Review of Casio MS-80B Standard Function Desktop Calculator

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Artyea 8541735966

Bringing Aesthetics

The Artyea 8541735966 is not necessarily an elegant solution but its design is slim and elegant nonetheless. What's not elegant about the proverbial solution that this device offers is that the keys here are a little stiff. To add more, while the white housing looks attractive, it is also easily soiled, so you'll have to wipe it clean from time to time. That being said, again, the bronze/gold-ish frame and prints on the white housing and buttons make an almost gorgeous-looking combination, meaning that this device will be able to mesh with the most upscale workspaces.

Measuring 4.5 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches, the model is about as wide as most calculators, a little more elongated, and much slimmer than its peers. Weight-wise, this device reaches 5.3 ounces, also stacking up about average. While the tactile response from the keys is not the most pleasant one, the prints on them will not start wearing out within the first few years.

From a functionality viewpoint, performing common math as well as different financial functions, this model accommodates office and home use alike.

Bottom line, the people who want an attractive-looking calculator that does not compromise function will not go wrong with the Artyea 8541735966.

Review of Artyea 8541735966 Slim Elegant Desktop Calculator

 

Ubidda KK-837-12S

The More Basic One

The Ubidda KK-837-12S looks a little cheap, which is fine, calculators do not have to be lookers anyway. We will not hold its bland appearance against this product but we might not extend the same courtesy to the screen. Sure, its font is fine, and the 12-digit disposition is promising. But the backlighting is almost nonexistent, so with the sun staring right at the screen, there's almost no chance you'll be able to read the numbers without shading the sunlight first. On the plus side, mirroring its competition, this device tilts the screen, making the digits more readable at a comfortable angle.

In terms of construction, the silicone keys are durable, and the ABS plastic housing is tough. The configuration is reasonable and the feedback is fair. There's a backspace key that will let you correct the input without erasing multiple digits.

What's more, the model even offers a memory function, which is not something that cheap calculators are usually featuring. We can also appreciate the anti-skid gasket on the bottom, preventing this device from sliding during use.

All things considered, the Ubidda KK-837-12S is a basic model that we can recommend to college students who don't need something advanced for their classes.

Review of Ubidda KK-837-12S Standard Function Calculator

 

What Are Calculators?

Laptops and computers everything that calculators can do. Can you bring them with you to a lecture? Computers - no, laptops - sometimes, but not always, and seldom with as much comfort as you have with calculators. No, as outdated as they can look, calculators are still necessary. They're necessary at home, in the office, at school, and more. Unlike laptops, these devices cost almost nothing (usually around $10 or even below that), they take up practically no space on the desk, and can fit even the busiest, most stuffed backpacks and briefcases.

While they're not quite as capable as scientific calculators or as versatile as graphing calculators, these devices have no problems solving common math problems. The more expensive models (again, not necessarily above $10) can even handle various financial functions, including rounding function, decimal location, tax function, currency exchange, and more. Plus, most models these days come equipped with a memory function, so you can recall previous calculations. Finally, the screens on the calculators that we've listed here are pretty large and so are the fonts they use, making long-term use less taxing.

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Publish Date: 2020-10-09 12:23:58