Summary: I bought this calculator for my stats class, and it worked out perfectly. It is not the most advanced calculator, but it is able to do many of the functions that were required. The layout of the keys make it very easy to navigate. The size and weight made it ideal for me to carry in my back pocket on the way to class. The value I got out of this calculator made my money well spent.
Happy to have found a replacement for my Sharp EL5100S
Auckland Kiwi, Amazon
12 April 2014
Summary: I owned a 1980s Sharp EL5100S which I really liked primarily for 1 feature which was that you could type in an algebraic expression up to 80 chars long, press = to get a result, then recall the expression to edit it and recalculate the new expression. The 5100S would show 24 chars at a time so it was easy to see if I made a typing mistake. Alas, the LCD on the 5100S died around 2001 and I could not find any replacement calculator that had this feature.
Summary: great essential functions, easy to use with practice. just mess with it for a couple of days and you'll be good. and now a story : my high school teacher lend me this calculator and I loved it so much I "forgot" to give it back to her. I'm sure she wouldn't mind as she had a ton of extras, but as years passed ,I developed an emotional bond with this dude, every time my loser classmates had trouble with their expensive fancy bulky obnoxious calculators, and crawled to the...
Summary: Sharp out did themselves with this calculator. I own a ti-83, 84, and 89 graphing calculators, as well as ti-30 and 30x. I love and collect calculators and for practical use, thing thing blows every other calculator out of the water. I used this calculator for 6 years during college and majoring in electrical engineering and minoring in computer science, so I had to do a lot of math and calculations. I never left home without it.
Summary: I did not feel comfortable with this Sharp's oversize, display clarity, keypad or the layout. I have an older TI-30XIIS that I have used for two years and I thought that this Sharp ELW535XBSL would be a good replacement. The TI has a very dim display and the Sharp is not much better. eventually I bought a HP 300s and HP just introduced the HP 300s+ for $16. Casio offers a similar calculator but i went with the hp .
Summary: I used this calculator for my Applied Statistics university class. At first I bought a TI-84, but returned it when I discovered that this calculator was more than capable of meeting my needs and at a fraction of the cost of the Texas Instruments models. Everything was easy to understand on the face of the device as far as functions. If you're in search of a calculator for a college stats class, then this is all you'll need.