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A nerdy overview of Calculators

Calculators come in many forms and serve a multitude of purposes, but the basic function of these devices is the same - to make mathematical and arithmetical calculations quick, easy and accurate.

Desktop Calculators with an angled screen are perfect for most uses in the home or office. These tend to be dual-powered, meaning they have a battery while also relying on solar power.

The best Desktop Calculators feature a 12-digit display, grand total memory, Euro conversion, tax calculations, and decimal points.

Basic Pocket Calculators are also very popular, and are great for everyday use in the home or office. They tend to deliver the same level of functionality as many desktop calculators.

Moving up, a Scientific Calculator is the best choice for 11-year-olds, equipping them for science and maths right the way up to university.

Table functions to look for in the top Scientific Calculators include things like random integers, prime factorisation, square root, fraction calculations, and degrees, minutes and seconds.

For the scientific and statistics side, look for functions like: random numbers, factorials, combinations, permutations, FIX / SCI / NORM, exponentials, logarithmic, recurring decimals, verify expressions, degrees, radians, gradians, exponents, reciprocals, negative indicator, expression editing, roots and powers, coordinate conversion, logarithmic regression, power regression, quadratic regression, inverse regression, linear regression.

Good Scientific Calculators will also boast trigonometric, hyperbolic, inverse hyperbolic, power and verify functions.

Other advanced types of calculators include the Financial Calculator, Graphics Calculator and Printing Calculator.

Shopping Nerd stocks a full range of the best pocket calculators for everyday use, desktop calculators for the office and Scientific Calculators for children in school and college, as well as many more.

Pocket Calculators first hit the shelves in the 1970s after the development of the microprocessor by Intel for Japanese calculator maker Busicom.

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