Buy a ten-key printing calculator

Read on for tips on how to choose your perfect 10-key.

Choosing your calculator

Before you buy a calculator, you're going to want to find one that has the features you like best. From the simple to the complex, ten-key calculators are most useful when they have only the features you need and want, and not the features you'll never use.

Most useful basic features

Keys matter

Larger, comfortably spaced keys are better for accuracy and speed. Avoid springy keys at all costs. If you buy a calculator and the keys take too much pressure to tap adequately enough to register, send it back to the store. I once had just such a calculator and my accuracy was about as good as my ability to dial a phone with my eyes closed.

Key groupings are important too. It's always nice when the calculator separates the multiplication and division functions from the addition and subtraction.

Favorite Printing Calculator

Recommended Printing Ten Key Calculator

The SHARP EL-1801PIII is actually sitting on my desk at this very moment. I haven't used a better printing calculator. In fact, I have two of these babies (if you drop the little III at the end). One at the office (1801P) and one in my home office (1801PIII).


Read a short history of adding machines at Wikipedia®

A ten-key calculator is better

...when you need to add or subtract long columns of numbers

...for doing your checkbook

...if you want to add or subtract sales tax from something

...on Fridays

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