I'd like to start today's post with a huge thank you to everyone who has been sharing this blog on social media. I haven't mentioned here, but I did frequently when I was posting on Facebook, that I have received overwhelmingly positive responses about these reviews. I look forward to writing these and to reading the comments.
One of the issues with writing calculator reviews is that not all of these calculators can be easily found. Some of you may be looking for a device to call their own, but aren't sure where to look. Today's review is the first to address this issue. This calculator can be found at the Dollar Tree for $1, but is it worth it?
|The Jot Scientific Calculator:|
Okay, but this is a $1 calculator. Surely that's where the positives end, right?
It doesn't have clicky buttons, but they feel responsive enough. Nothing essential feels like it's going to break or fall off without considerable effort. The rubber grips on either side naturally conform to the palm of your hand, allowing for comfortable calculations. It also sports a solid plastic cover that protects the screen and buttons well enough.
Come on, it's a $1 calculator. That's got to be all of the positives by now.
|This photo is for showing the cover, but it also represents where the cover|
usually is when the calculator is on: not on the calculator.
The cover, while protective, doesn't stay attached to the calculator when the calculator is in use. It's also completely blank, whereas most devices would provide metric conversion rates, button explanations, or some other kind of useful information. This has nothing, and the cover just seems like something that could be easily lost.
|The previous owner must have lost two |
of the screws when changing the battery.
While I would never call a calculator disposable, it feels like that's what Jot was going for with this device. It might be good for an emergency calculation, but it's worthless for long-term use without additional tools. It's really a shame that this could have been a solid device, but instead it's unreliable.
|You should never need to see this much |
of the inside just to change the batteries.
|For a good time.|
|Hey, this would have been useful inside the cover.|