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  • Of course, it is sometimes more convenient to have a traditional hand held calculator on your desk, and I certainly follow that path most of the time, but if you happen to be using a computer somewhere else, or just not have the desk space, this is a reasonably good alternative
  • I am not entirely keen on the shiny look of the XP calculator, which I think is a little bit distracting

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      These days, it seems that just about every operating system has a calculator built into it. I thoroughly approve of this, since there are just so many occasions on which you may need to work out a couple of quick sums. Of course, it is sometimes more convenient to have a traditional hand held calculator on your desk, and I certainly follow that path most of the time, but if you happen to be using a computer somewhere else, or just

      not have the desk space, this is a reasonably good alternative.

      The XP calculator offers two views, simple and scientific, and those are probably fairly self explanatory. The simple version does give you a square root key and a percentage button, as well as a very useful backspace key. However, the labelling is not great in that it uses computer rather than calculator symbolism, for example “sqrt” rather than the actual square root symbol and “*” rather than “X” for multiplication. The ...


      • scientific view adds all the features you would expect of a simple scientific calculator - eg trigonometrical functions - but also adds logical functions and binary, octal and hexadecimal bases.

        I am not entirely keen on the shiny look of the XP calculator, which I think is a little bit distracting. I would have liked to have seen an option to give it a flatter look, even though this would probably not have fitted in quite so well with the eye candy

        that XP provides. I also think that there is not quite enough contrast between the buttons themselves and some of the symbols. For example, the scientific function buttons are in a rather unattractive shade of magenta, and you do have to peer at them a little to check that you are pressing the correct one! Still, it’s a fairly good calculator and it does seem pretty accurate, so given that it’s included with XP anyway it’s not a disaster by any means.




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