|I played with a Casio fx9860 today|
Message #1 Posted by Bruce Bergman on 6 Aug 2007, 11:54 p.m.
We talked about this calc in the forum a few months back. Looks like it's available commercially now, as I just spotted it in my local Staples. $99, so about par with the non-clam-shell version.
I have to admit, it's really engaging. The screen is crystal clear solid; no shadows whatsoever, dark black characters and it almost looks like a Sony PrintScreen (or whatever those eBook things are called) in terms of clarity. In some respects, I think they have room to dial up the resolution, as it was SO clear that at times it seemed too blocky.
Anyhow, it seems to function a lot like a TI-8x model, with some cool features and usability enhancements. The light is a nice touch, for those late night under-the-blanket study sessions. ;-) The clam shell is very cool, although a bit thick. It opens easily, closes nicely and makes the calc very nice to hold.
I know nothing about Casio calc programmability, but it did have a PRGM function and put me into something resembling a text editor. Not sure what to do there, but it was kinda neat.
Anyone know anything more about this thing? Good, bad? Interesting, boring?