Life of a Southern Mom recently had the pleasure of working with Texas Instruments for the review of the TI-Nspire CX Handheld. This is an advanced, handheld, graphing calculator that has been made to aid in both math and science from middle school through college. Texas Instruments has been in business for well over 50 years designing and perfecting these tools to keep up with our ever advancing technology.

The TI-Nspire CX is an advanced, handheld, graphing calculator that has been made to aid in both math and science from middle school through college. ‘The TI-Nspire CX is also allowed on high stakes exams including the SAT and ACT and comes bundled with software so students can transfer their class work to their computer for deeper investigation after-school’.* Now parents will only need to purchase one calculator which will save money in the long haul.


At first the product looks overwhelming, but Texas Instruments has you covered from turning the handheld on to graphically creating a hypothesis for a science experiment. A very easy to read instruction manual comes with the device going over most of the simple functions that you will need to know to navigate through the TI-Nspire CX. It comes complete with pictures of the buttons so you know what to look for. One of the first things I did with the handheld was the “Getting Started” document already downloaded on the device. It even gives you practice problems to assure you know what you are doing. If you are still not sure you know how to use the TI-Nspire CX, Texas Instruments provides you with an online guide and a “Contact Us” option.


The TI-Nspire CX has features for days. Can’t find a battery? That’s okay because this handheld comes complete with a wall adapter and charger and requires no batteries at all. It also comes with a USB adapter allowing you to charge the handheld from your computer or even in the car. To extend the power life of the charge the TI-Nspire CX has an Automatic Power Down mode which occurs after three minutes of inactivity. With the TI-Nspire CX you can graph, calculate, take notes, produce lists and spreadsheets, and even connect and share information with other students. And if that is not enough technology for you, Texas Instruments has included features for those interested in science as well. You can track experiments and graph hypotheses with ease.


I was curious to see if someone, such as myself, who has been out of school for quite some time could get use out of this incredibly smart calculator. It does cater more to those in the high school and the collegiate level; however, it did come in handy when I went to calculate my bills for the month. Not only did it keep track of each equation I computed but I could also graph my spending as well. This is a very impressive device and would be a great tool for students. I was amazed at just how many things the TI-Nspire CX could do. If you are interested in getting to know your handheld more you can try some more equations out at Texas Instruments Math Nspired Teach Resource Center.

The TI-Nspire is the perfect tool for students. I highly recommend checking it out. To learn more please visit here.

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Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received the above product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.






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