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Sharp Calcs---Which is which??
03-01-2014, 08:06 PM (This post was last modified: 03-01-2014 08:07 PM by Matt Agajanian.)
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Sharp Calcs---Which is which??
Hi all.

I'll admit it, of the four, HP, TI, Casio and Sharp, Sharp and their model numbering schema are the most confusing for me. So, I need to go through Google and look up each model and (if I can find them) their spec sheets.

In any event, between Sharp's 506 and 516 models as well as the W in the model name, it gets a wee bit more confusing. If my surmise is correct, the W suggests that the model features WriteView. Next, which model is the latest, the 506 or the 516? Next, of all the current WriteView models, which are the top of the line scientific and graphing scientific models?

Thanks in advance.
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03-02-2014, 01:17 AM
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It is somewhat confusing as Sharp has over 23 current models of scientific calculators. Some models are only sold in certain markets. They are not easy to find in most U.S. stores compared to TI and Casio models.

Here are the main Sharp calculator sites I have found.

For the U.S. market:
http://www.sharpusa.com/ForBusiness/Smal...iew=browse
U.S. Model Comparison:
http://www.sharpusa.com/ForBusiness/Smal...26E429E30D};

For the rest of the world:
http://www.sharp-world.com/products/calc...alculator/
Model Comparison:
http://www.sharp-world.com/products/calc...2_spec.pdf
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03-03-2014, 10:23 PM
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RE: Sharp Calcs---Which is which??
(03-01-2014 08:06 PM)Matt Agajanian Wrote:  In any event, between Sharp's 506 and 516 models as well as the W in the model name, it gets a wee bit more confusing. If my surmise is correct, the W suggests that the model features WriteView.

Its even more confusing: There are models with "W" after the number (like "EL-506W") and some with "W" before the number (like EL-W506).

As far as I know the EL-W506X are Sharp's "top" non-graphing (but with WriteView) models. at least if you look at the comparison.
As far as I can tell from the Website the scheme for the letters after the number is:
X -> newer design (with a colored frame, more rectangular shaped) than models without X.
G or H -> G: calc is solar AND battery powered, H: calc is only battery powered. Models which don't have an option do not include this letter.
2-letters -> Color of the frame for the X series, (VL for violet, YL for yellow and so on.)

I am waiting for the day where they introduce new models where they permutate the characters of the model numbers and include non-printable characters :-D
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