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For those wondering why this is my 2nd calculator review, it's because we use this calculator in work. I'm not just sat here ordering calculators. For those of you who are just sat there ordering calculators, maybe this site will be useful. http://www.vintagecalculators.com/ Ahhh yes the calculator museum... Anyway, the Aurora calculator is a standard non-scientific calculator which we use for simple addition and subtraction. It can also be used to divide and multiply and has all the other memory functions of other calculators just in case you need to recall a piece of particularly important information. The buttons are laid out sensibly and even the fatter fingered folk should find this a breeze due to its size. Its size is also it's problem, it is a tad bulky so should this put you off, look elsewhere. It's also not solar powered which I realise is a huge flaw. I think the majority of people want a solar powered calculator just for the hassle free aspect and so that you don't have to buy those awkward circular batteries that no one knows how to insert. The screen is easy to read and the calculator lays flat on the desk (it does not have a raised screen). I find this useful as it means I'm not hitting the calculator out of place when I'm entering numbers into the calculator. All in all, as far as a calculator goes, it's probably not the best, bulky and non-solar powered? No thanks.
I am the owner of the above mentioned desktop Aurora calculator which I use exclusively for work. I didn't choose the make and model myself as I found the calculator in our store room. To be honest I am not all that familiar with the big boys in the calculator world and I hadn't heard of Aurora before but this seemed to have all the functions required for my use which is basically the four main calculations of addition,subtraction, multiplication and division and in these respects it seems very adept. (Although it would be a major flaw for a calculator that struggles with its time tables!) Whilst I do give the calculator quite a hammering in terms of hours of usage a day it seems to have stood up to the punishment quite well although there is a small problem with the buttons sticking or not registering which can be quite annoying on longer calculations, especially when I have a client on the phone. However I have also dropped it a few times and stood on it a couple which doesn't seem to have upset the hardy little fellow. The buttons are a good size making it difficult for my plump digits to hit the wrong key and the keys are also laid out in a logical fashion making calculations faster. The calculator has a memory function which I rarely use and a specific mode for calculations in cash denominations which I could see would be quite useful if I had bothered to learn how to use it, so sorry about that but I can't review this aspect with any honesty! Don't purchase this calculator if you require a scientific calculator with Tangent, Cosine and all the other weird symbols that confused me as a schoolboy, it doesn't have them. If you need to do a large number of calculations on a daily basis and occasionally do a bit of rude word writing in upside down numbers that it could well be up your street. Amazon will send you one for £12.71 but send me a message and I'll see if there are any left in our storeroom.
I have been using the Aurora DT85V Electronic Calculator at work now daily for the past three years. Its one of those things that I take for granted. Its always waiting there for me in the morning and it has always worked, yet if it were to disappear it would highly disrupt my day. This calculator is a large desk calculator measuring 140cm wide by 198cm long. It has large protruding buttons that measure 1cm square for ease of use even for fat fingers! No, seriously, I have long nails and often find it difficult to use smaller, flat or rubber buttons but there are no such problems with this. I have pounded away on this calculator for years yet the numbers on the buttons remain clear (unlike my keyboard which now has 4 blank keys!). It is predominantly dark grey but has a black tilted display end making it easy to view from all angles. (For those of you that like to work lying down!) We have lights on constantly in the office but thanks to the tilted display feature they do not reflect on the display area. The display screen is clear and large measuring 10cm x 3cm. The actual digits display at 2cm high and in bold black. This calculator takes 1 x LR54 battery but also features a 3 ½ cm solar panel. In the years that I have been using this I've never had to change the battery so it has an excellent life span. Amongst its features, this calculator includes a square root key, 3 memory keys, a double zero key and my favourite and most used a backspace correction key. This calculator was provided by work but looking online it retails at £14.99 or up to a whopping £32 on Amazon! Ocassionaly my daughter pops into the office and likes to sit and bash about on its keys proving it is hard wearing and robust! I shall be looking after my trusty calculator and locking it away each night now I know the price!
Short name: Aurora DT85V