Although most students do their homeworks and projects on their computers these days, there are certain situations when a pocket calculator can still come in handy, and that's exactly the reason why Casio has just unveiled the fx-CG10/PRIZM model, that offers advanced mathematical functionality, but also a color display.
The main selling point of the new PRIZM is represented, most likely, by the 3.7-inch LCD display (384 x 216 pixels resolution), that, beside providing plenty of viewing space, also makes good use of the Blanview engine in order to provide a good level of visibility in just about every environment.
Furthermore, the application of color gives PRIZM the distinct advantage of representing graphs and more in true-color form, as it doesn’t need to rely on horizontal lines and vertical lines, or dots and dashes to shade areas or link data.
The Casio fx-CG10/PRIZM has 16MB of flash memory, out of which 10MB are fully-operational, while the built-in battery will provide a cool 140 hours of functioning.
Just like other Casio graphing calculators, the fx-CG10/PRIZM can be directly connected to a PC via USB, which can really come in handy for sharing students' work with the class through the Casio's manager software.
The plug-and-play screen capture feature helps with student engagement and overall classroom communication, while the PRIZM also has the added benefit of connecting to a Casio Green Slim Projector, which can last up to 20,000 hours.
It's also extremely interesting to mention that the PRIZM comes packed with 40 pre-loaded pictures that can be used in 8 out of the 15 built-in applications on the calculator including the graph, conics and geometry modes.
Plus, the Prizm includes the world's first Picture Plot function that enables users to plot graphs over curves and other familiar shapes in real life, such as the parabola of jets from a water fountain.
Unfortunately, it's likely that you won't be able to get the Casio Prizm until January 2011, when you'll have to cough up around 130 US dollars for it (not such a small sum for a device of this type, all things considered).
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