There is an endless amount of shops offering scientific calculators, but did you know that the cheapest ones are in AliExpress? Have you been looking for a graphic calculator but found that they are way over your budget?
Here at AlixBlog we can assure you the Chinese platform is the best place to buy the kinds of calculators for many reasons, such as price, the quality Chinese technology and other some advantages we will be mentioning along this guide.
First, lets go though the main features of scientific and graphic calculators. They are similar is some aspects, but they also have some features that are specific to each type and the use you want to give them.
Scientific calculators versus graphic calculators
Scientific calculators are used for complex math operations that can’t be done with simpler math calculators, such as:
- Complex numbers
- Unit conversion
IMPORTANT: most models features a high resolution LCD screen making the device’s much easier to use.
On the other hand, graphic calculators include a microprocessor and operating system that can be updated. The device can solve matrix and determinant problems, and solve problems with variables such as integrals, fourth, third and second degree equations and derivative.
Other features they include are:
- A screen that can represent functions
- Creation of 3D graphics
- Alphanumeric keyboard (with up to three functions per key)
- Used for advanced statistics, financial math and engineering applications
- Connects to the computer through cable or infrared
- Connects to a projector
- Compatible with memory card
- Can have color screen
As you can see, there are some differences, so depending on the usage you are going to give it and how much you want to spend, we recommend you choose one model or another. As a general rule, scientific ones are cheaper than graphic, but as you will soon see, there are some with double function.
Is it worth purchasing a calculator in AliExpress?
AliExpress offers both Chinese white label calculators, as well as original brands, which may be slightly more expensive. Given the platform’s reputation for great quality technology products and the fact that they don’t use intermediaries (so prices can be lowered a great deal), this is the best place to save some money on your purchase of one of these devices.
Furthermore, being a small product, we are almost sure it won’t be held in customs, so you would have to pay any extra fees for shipping.
More AlixBlogger advice: the quality of products on AliExpress
Before you make a purchase on AliExpress, make sure you choose a good seller (like the ones mentioned above). And remember, to know if a seller is trustworthy or not, all you have to do is look at these three things:
- The seller’s reputation: if the shop has at least 1 diamond, you can be 100% sure its reliable.
- Number of sales
- Comments and reviews left by previous customers
What about the quality of these calculators? To know if a replica (of Casio for example) is good quality and is as similar as it can be to the original, contact the seller directly and them, or simply as for pictures. And don’t forget that the quality of replicas in AliExpress is always good, so if you are having any doubts, just take a look at the comments left by previous customers to see what they have to say.
Best selling calculators in AliExpress
The overall best selling model is Joinus, with almost 700 sales and with an incredible price of 4,20 euros! Where else can you find a scientific calculator this cheap?
Another calculator with pretty good reviews, is an imitation of a Casio model, for only 12 euros. It has 417 different functions and all the features of an original Casio.
Finally, they also have a double function one, that is both scientific and graphic: the SainSmart, the perfect model for students, it available for only 30 euros. In fact this is one of the star products when it comes to these devices.
Found any other ones worth mentioning? Leave us a comment and we’ll be sure to include it in any further updates.