DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Texas Instruments TI-30XS MultiView™ (Office Depot)
|Date of introduction:||July 2011||Display technology:||LCD dot matrix|
|New price:||Office Depot: $15.99||Display size:|| 4 * 16 characters
(5 * 19 for menus)
|Size:|| 6.8" x 3.2" x 0.6"
172 x 83 x 15 mm³
|Weight:||4.2 ounces, 120 grams||Serial No:|
|Batteries:||Solar cells + CR2032||Date of manufacture:||mth 03 year 2011 (G)|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||China (K)|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
This pink colored TI-30XS MultiView was manufactured by Kinpo Electronics, Inc. for the office product retailer Office Depot. It was released for the Back-to-School 2011 campaign together with a pink TI-30X IIS and the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition in the colors of pink and black. Staples added this TI-30XS MultiView for the Back-to-School 2012 campaign to its selection.
Instead of the 2-line display
of the TI-30X IIS feature both the TI-30XS MultiView and its battery only powered sibling TI-30XB
MultiView a dot
matrix display with 31 * 96 addressable pixels allowing the calculator to
display equations as they would be printed in a text book.
In addition to this so called "MathPrint" mode the calculator sports a TI-30X IIS compatible "Classic" mode.
Compared with the original TI-30X IIS, in the US the quasi-standard for pupils, we notice more bang ($15.99 versus $14.99) for the bucks:
Classic (compatible with TI-30X IIS) and MathPrint Mode
• EOS with 8 pending operations and 23 levels of parentheses
• 7 memory variables x, y, z, t, a, b, c
• Data editor and list formulas: 3 lists, each up to 42 items
• Function table
• Toggle key fractions and decimals
• Equation entries up to 80 digits
Dismantling the TI-30XS MultiView reveals a pretty common
construction with two printed circuit boards (PCB's). The main PCB hides the
single-chip calculating circuit under a small protection blob of black epoxy and
drives the graphing display with a heat sealed fine-pitch connector. The
keyboard makes use of a much simpler second PCB and a heat sealed connector,
too. The prominent SR-21 designation on the main PCB proves that this calculator was manufacturered by Kinpo Electronics,
Inc., a famous company located in Taiwan and doing
calculator production for well established companies like Texas Instruments, Hewlett Packard, Casio,
Canon and Citizen.
Please compare the TI-30XS MultiView with its competitors Canon F-718SG, Casio fx-300ES, Citizen SR-270X aka Ativa AT-30SX, Hewlett-Packard SmartCalc 300s, and Sharp EL-W535.
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© Joerg Woerner, July 31, 2011. No reprints without written permission.