The TI-84 Plus CE Color Graphing calculator is probably the most popular calculators used in high schools today. Yes, it is pricey—but it does have one big advantage over other brands. Many teachers are so familiar with the TI’s calculators they can help you if you get stuck . . . with other brands (with different layouts and functions), it might be more hit or miss.
Here’s why we recommend this model:
What We Liked
• Bright screen! We loved the high-resolution backlit display, with color coding for equations.
• Easy to use.
• Can update operating system and apps via USB cord.
• 30% lighter and thinner than previous models.
• Can graph images as well.
• Includes protective case.
• Battery can last for many weeks without charging when in sleep mode.
• A big step-up from black and white models!
• Multiple colors available.
What Needs Work
• Unit conversions can be challenging.
• Slower than TI’s other flagship models, such as the TI-Nspire CX II CAS. Of course, those calculators cost more!