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TI 84 +CE Graphing Calculator Review

Texas Instruments: TI-84 +CE Graphing Calculator Review


The TI-84 +CE is definitely the top choice for graphing calculators in the fall of 2016. At $116.00, it is is an incredible deal.

The TI-84 +CE is the latest upgrade to the TI-84 line. It came out in May of 2015 which, in graphing calculator years, is not very long ago. This thing is pretty brand spanking new, and it’s worth every penny. This will be the new most ubiqutious calculator in classrooms across North America. It is just as easy to use as the regular TI-84’s, but it now boasts a beautiful color screen. It is also a little bit faster, more modern, slightly sleeker and of course, a little bit pricier. It is currently going for $135.99 on Amazon, as of July 21, now down to $116 on, compared to ~$128 for the TI-84 +C and ~$99 for the TI-84. It’s ridiculous that this is cheaper than the non-colored, older calculator, the TI-84 +C. Don’t let the naming and pricing confuse you – for the school year starting in fall of 2016, you want the TI 84+CE. At its new price, it really can’t be beat.

In all honesty, if you like the look and feel of the TI-84 line and need a graphing calculator, you can’t possibly choose a better calculator than the TI-84 +CE. The extra $30 $22 will be forgotten years later when you’re still using this calculator and loving it on every homework sheet, problem set, quiz and test you get in your math, science, and business courses. It really is that much better than either of its predecessors, so if you can afford the extra bit of cost, we think it’s definitely worth it.

The great thing about the TI-84 line of calculators is their ease of use, well-placed buttons and impressive functionality. It’s not nearly as daunting as learning how to use a calculator in the NSpire line, but it looks every bit as stylish and sleek as its powerful computer-like cousin. The TI-84 +CE is not trying to be anything more than a graphing calculator, but it’s done with such smooth and elegant precision, it has now matched the high build quality of the NSpire line. This thing will turn heads in the classroom!

Rechargeable battery on a graphing calculator

Like most of the new calculators, this one offers a Lithium ion rechargeable battery and is charged with a cord, similar to your cell phone. While some models of graphing calculators use four AAA batteries, that style of battery seems to be going the way of the dodo.

But will you have to charge it every night like your phone? No, absolutely not.

Most students say that one charge can last up to a month with regular moderate use of the calculator. Note that this does mean you have the chance of running out of power in the middle of a test, but the battery icon will let you know where you’re at. It won’t take long before you’re in the habit of regularly charging your calculator before important tests and exams, anyway. This is a good idea regardless, and probably easier than carrying extra AAA batteries in your pencil case!

The Final Two Cents: Is the TI-84 +CE the graphing calculator for me?

This is the best graphing calculator that Texas Instruments has put out in years. They took everything you love about the previous models in the popular TI-84 line (TI-84, TI-84 Plus, TI-84 +C Silver Edition) and made it look like the high-tech NSpire calculators. It really is a work of art, and Texas Instruments should be proud of this new benchmark in graphing calculators.

You really can’t go wrong buying a graphing calculator that is versatile, efficient, fast, powerful, easy to use and has a crisp color screen to boot. Released in the 2nd quarter of 2015, this is the calculator to buy if you’re shopping in the back-to-school season of 2015. This is easily the best graphing calculator of 2015, and probably of 2016 for that matter! We can’t see Texas Instruments releasing a better calculator within the next few years.

Buy the TI-84+ CE