Best Scientific Calculators in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 16, 2020
Scientific calculators are calculators that can handle more complex mathematical and/or science problems than ordinary calculators. The best scientific calculators can also visualise these problems and help you with chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, and more. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

You can pick between traditional and textbook-esque symbols. To go with the standard repeat function, this device offers nine variable memories. The high-res LCD screen measures 192 x 63 pixels, enabling even spreadsheet calculations. The model also reads QR codes.

CONS

The prints on the keys start wearing out with time. 

OUR VERDICT

The Casio FX-991EX is the most advanced and sophisticated device within this selection. Apart from what scientific calculators can normally do, this one also works with random integers, Base-N calculations, REF/RREF functions, inequality functions, equation calculation, and much, much more.

detailed parameters
Best For

Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering 

Display

192 x 62 LCD screen

Power Source

Battery-powered with solar cell assistance

Extras

Auto power-off, protective case included

Dimensions

16.6 x 7.7 x 1.1 cm

90 g

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The four-line screen displays multiple calculations, compares results, and lets you explore patterns on the same screen. It can handle one- and two-variable statistics, work with fractions, and juggle scientific notations that include proper superscripted exponents.

CONS

The screen's not easy to read under direct sunlight. 

OUR VERDICT

Exploring hard sciences (mathematic, statistics, biology, chemistry, and more) will be less difficult and more fun with the Texas Instruments TI-30XS MultiView. Despite its awkward appearance, this model is anything but. You can even edit, cut, and paste entries.

detailed parameters
Best For

General math, Pre-algebra, Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Statistics, General Science, Biology, Chemistry

Display

4 lines x 16 characters

Power Source

Battery-powered with solar cell assistance

Extras

Auto power-off, protective case included

Dimensions

~17 x 7.5 x 1.4 cm

~100 g

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The model can work with random integers, calculate degrees/minutes/seconds ratios, tackle recurring decimals, radians, gradations, and exponents, as well as handle different regression models, multi-replay parentheses, advanced tables, variable lists, and more.

CONS

The font is small. 

OUR VERDICT

Even though the Casio FX-83GTX technically lands among Casio's entry-level scientific calculators, this model can perform more than 270 functions. Plus, the plastic keys feel nice and are excellent at registering commands. Also, the model does not waste batteries.

detailed parameters
Best For

Math, Algebra 1 and 2, Trigonometry, Statistics, Calculus, Physics, Engineering

Display

192 x 63 LCD screen

Power Source

Battery-powered (1 x "AAA" battery)

Extras

Auto power-off, protective case included

Dimensions

16.6 x 7.7 x 1.4 cm

100 g

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The four-position joystick is responsive. The keys are robust and durable. The slide-on hard case will be able to protect the model on the road. The screw-on battery compartment will prevent the batteries from falling out but also enable easy battery replacement.

CONS

The model burns through batteries mercilessly. 

OUR VERDICT

Assuming that you do not require complex physics, chemistry, or biology calculations, the Aurora AX-582PK will fit you just as much as the models that cost at least twice more than this one. Its 240 functions also include nine memories as well as backspace and delete functions.

detailed parameters
Best For

Math, Pre-algebra, Algebra 1 and 2, Trigonometry, Statistics, Science

Display

2 lines x 14 characters

Power Source

Battery-powered (2 x "LR44" batteries)

Extras

Auto power-off, protective case included

Dimensions

15.4 x 8.3 x 1.8 cm

117 g

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Each line fits 14 characters. The screen adopts an effective anti-glare coating, making the values readable even with the sun staring right at the screen. The model automatically turns off when it's been sitting idle for 2 minutes, conserving the batteries. 

CONS

The keys do not always register clicks. 

OUR VERDICT

The Helect H1002 covers one- and two-variable statistical calculations, three angle modes (graduates, degrees, and radians), scientific and technical notations, and more. The model will be able to accommodate high school students and college students as well as teachers and professors.

detailed parameters
Best For

Math, Pre-algebra, Algebra 1 and 2, Trigonometry, Statistics, Science

Display

2 lines x 14 characters

Power Source

Battery-powered (2 x "LR44" batteries)

Extras

Auto power-off, protective case included

Dimensions

16 x 8.5 x 2.2 cm

~150 g

Warranty

1 year

Casio FX-991EX

Fitting and Improving the ClassWiz Mould

The Casio FX-991EX is the company's most advanced calculator yet. Belonging to the ClassWiz series, the model can juggle 552 mathematical functions, 47 scientific constants, 40 unit conversions, 24 bracket levels, fraction calculation, coordinate transformation, trigonometric functions, hyperbolic functions, logical operations, prime factorisation, technical notation, random integers, Base-N calculations, REF/RREF functions, inequality functions, equation calculation, and more. Removing mathematics from the proverbial equation, the FX-991EX works with and can perform standard deviations (both grouped and ungrouped values), distribution functions, regression analysis, permutations (nPr), combinatorics (nCr), you name them.

Aside from its calculating prowess, this device also boasts a high-resolution LCD screen that stretches 192 x 63 pixels, much more than scientific calculators are usually offering. As always (nowadays), you can choose between orthodox and textbook-like symbols. Besides the repeat function, the model comes equipped with 9 variable memories. Wrapping an already impressive package, this device can read QR codes and enables spreadsheet calculations, putting the Casio FX-991EX among the best scientific calculators out there.

Review of Casio FX-991EX Advanced Engineering/Scientific Calculator

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Texas Instruments TI-30XS MultiView

Science Exploration Assistant

The Texas Instruments TI-30XS MultiView looks somewhat awkward, with the bulky body not quite instilling confidence regarding its smarts. Nevertheless, there's nothing awkward about the brain behind the brawny appearance.

To start with, the company's MathPrint™ feature makes an appearance, displaying textbook versions of fractions, expressions, and symbols. Supporting this feature will be the 4-line screen that enables entering more than 1 calculation, comparing results, and exploring patterns on the same display at the same time. To add more, the same screen will let you view scientific notations with correct superscripted exponents as well as scientific notation output.

You can explore the (x,y) value table with given functions automatically or via entering specific x values. Shifting gears, the model can do 1- and 2-variable statistics, perform fraction and decimal conversion, as well as handle overall fraction math.

Sweetening an already sweet spot, this device will allow you to edit, cut, and paste entries, so you'll feel like you're using a much more compact and, science-wise, more capable laptop. But, taking into account that this "laptop" weighs just 100 grammes, we would recommend choosing the Texas Instruments TI-30XS MultiView as your science exploration assistant.

Review of Texas Instruments TI-30XS MultiView Scientific calculator

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Casio fx-83GTX

Increasing Comprehension

The Casio FX-83GTX is not the powerhouse that the FX-991EX model is but, even so, this calculator has its moments as well. Some are not new or unique to this model, like the display that shows mathematical expressions (roots, fractions, etc) as they are in textbooks, increasing comprehension since the results become more digestible. But some are less common.

These "less common" functions may or may not include random integers, degrees/minutes/seconds ratio, exponential logarithmic, inverse hyperbolic functions, recurring decimals, radians, gradations, exponents, regression models (including quadratic, inverse, and linear regression), multi-replay parentheses, combinations, permutations, we'll stop there. Other than that, the model will let you backspace and delete separate symbols, utilise 24-variable memory, and reset individual entries or every variable at once.

Reviewing the build, the plastic keyboard feels nice and clicky, with a pleasant tactile impression. But the font is small, which's surprising considering that the 192 x 63 LCD screen is anything but small.

In short, the Casio FX-83GTX easily covers math (including calculus and trigonometry), statics, physics, and engineering, accommodating students and professionals alike.

Review of Casio fx-83GTX Scientific Calculator

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Aurora AX-582PK Pink

240 Functions

The Aurora AX-582PK is the cheapest entry on this list. Still, aside from the model chewing through LR44 batteries like nobody's business, there's nothing cheap about this scientific calculator. First, the 14-digit, 2-line screen displays both the sum and the answer. Second, the TrueLogic algebraic entry system enables entering calculations in the same order these calculations are written.

Reaching the calculator's meat and potatoes though, you're offered 240 functions. These include multi-replay functions, fraction and decimal conversion, roots and powers, logarithms exponents, reciprocal, permutations, random numbers, combinations, gradians, radians, coordinate conversions, degrees/minutes/seconds, as well as expression editing, 9 memories, 24-level parentheses, negative indicators, backspace and delete functions, 6 regression analysis models, standard deviation, and more.

Moving towards construction, the slide-on hard case provides sufficient protection during transportation, the screw-on battery compartment makes sure the batteries do not fall out yet enables easy replacement, and the plastic keys are robust and durable. So, as long as you're not working on biology-, chemistry-, or physics-related problems that require complex calculating, there's no reason for you to overpay for something more expensive than the Aurora AX-582PK.

Review of Aurora AX-582PK Pink Scientific Calculator

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Helect H1002 Two Line

2 Lines with 14 Characters Each

The Helect H1002 is blasting from the past appearance-wise without disregarding the future. We like the model's beefy profile quite a lot, including the 2-line display that fit 14 characters each and enable inputting and viewing separate calculations simultaneously. We also like that you can select between 5 colours: black, white, blue, orange, and plum. We're fine with the model measuring 16 x 8.5 x 2.2 centimetres and weighing 150 grammes since, again, there's something attractive about calculators that you can use as blunt instruments.

We're not quite fine with the keys not always registering clicks though, which is not necessarily unexpected from entry-level Helect calculators but a little upsetting regardless. There's nothing upsetting about the 1- and 2-variable statistical calculations that this model can perform, the three angle modes (degrees, radians, and graduates), and the scientific/technical notations that the H1002 handles with relative ease.

The protective case is alright too, even though this device is so tough that the case is almost unnecessary. Last but not least, the calculator automatically powers off after 2 minutes of inactivity, conserving the 2 LR44 batteries that are required to use this device.

Review of Helect H1002 Two Line Scientific Calculator

 

What Is a Scientific Calculator?

Complex numbers, hex, decimal, octal, and binary conversion, DRG conversion, equation playback, fraction calculation, factorials, exponents, continuous calculation, hyperbolic functions, matrices, distribution functions, permutations, physical constants, random numbers, regression analysis, logic operators, standard deviations, these are only some of the things that scientific calculators can do, handle, solve, work with, etc. They're computing powerhouses that, depending on the model, can help with algebra, geometry, trigonometry, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, business, finance, statistics, programming, and more.

Setting functionality aside, some calculators come equipped with rechargeable batteries, some use CR-2032 batteries, and some are battery-powered with solar cell assistance. The most expensive models can even work with computers, drawing graphs, charts, different apps, you name 'em. Finally, even the cheapest calculators usually come with protective cases that enable safe transportation. Of course, they share many similarities with graphing calculators, though these ones are usually less versatile but also less expensive than graphing models.

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Publish Date: 2020-09-16 12:29:25