Texas Instruments TI-Nspire with Touchpad
Texas Instruments has just taken graphing calculators to a whole new level. The TI-Nspire with Touchpad is really quite amazing. I sure wish I had this in college! There are so many really cool features on it! This list below is just a tiny fraction of the goodies that this calculator can offer you!
It has a Touchpad!
It has a touchpad feature which is really neat! I wasn’t sure what to expect before opening up the package- for some reason I thought it was a touchscreen but it’s not. It’s a touchpad like a labtop mouse. You can use the touchpad as a mouse to navigate through different features on the screen.
Split the Screen
You can actually split the screen to see a math problem in different ways (such as text, graph, table, etc.)
Connect it to your Computer
You can save, share, store, print, & send icons to manage documents to your computer- or your teacher’s! You can even hook your TI-Nspire up to your computer in order to work on a larger screen- a HUGE bonus! After long hours in math those calculator screens really play games with your eyes! It comes with the downloadable software. This is also a really neat feature because you can back up your data onto your computer.
You can actually pop the entire keypad right off and it is compatible with the TI-84 Plus! No need to buy another calculator- just switch the keypads!
FREE TI-84 Plus Keypad- No Charge & FREE Ship!
The TI-84 Plus Keypad for the TI-Nspire handheld lets you use the TI-Nspire handheld side-by-side with TI-83 Plus and TI-84 Plus graphing calculators in class. The package comes with instructions on how to order the TI-84 Plus Keypad for free. I had no problems ordering it-it was very simple. But you do need to set up a free account with Texas Instruments.
Permitted on Testing
The TI-Nspire is permitted on SAT, ACT, AP, PSAT/NSMQT, Praxis & IB testing! As well as many state exams too.
The calculator comes ready with 4 AAA alkaline batteries, however, you can separately purchase the TI-Nspire Rechargeable Battery which easily charges with either the wall adapter or you can charge it via USB cable through your computer.
There are SO many features that I simply cannot list them all in one post! Here are a few more: changing the font size, hints, math expressions template, customize page layouts, ability to view multiple pages at one time, and much much more!
What did I think? My first reaction- WOW- this is a serious graphing calculator! It is huge! I had a tough enough time mastering my old graphing calculator in college- but this really tops it! This is a really great product though with SO many functions. I highly recommend this for math/science teachers and middle age students & up. This is definetely the top of the advanced graphing calculators- hands down! It is a little overwhelming when you first check it out simply because it’s something new- but it is SO cool once you really start to learn how to manuveur it! For the features that the TI-Nspire offers it is definetely worth the investment.
You can buy this online at Texas Instruments, Amazon, Best Buy, Office Depot, Office Max, and in Canada at London Drugs. This TI-Nspire retails for about $150- which considering the cost of a regular graphing calculator this is a really great deal! They even sell a specific teacher software pack too!
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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I did receive a free product to test. All opinions are 100% mine.