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• Okay, calculator fanciers!

• Today we have some, you know, from the bleeding edge of calculator innovation, some brand new calculators from Staples.

• Let's open this up and see what we've got.

• So we'll make the traditional incision on one side of the logo, as to not ruin

• the actual picture there. Slice that open, and we have

• oh, okay, first calculator out of the bag

• is already on, and look at, um, okay,

• there's no further unboxing to be done, but it is a flexible,

• a limp, some would say, calculator. You can see there, branded with Staples. No box, no instructions?

• And what if I want to read how to use my calculator in a variety of different languages?

• Classic: don't do calculation in a bin, that's good. And you can see it is a flexible calculator.

• Let's take it for a spin, and see, see what it can do.

• So, what do we have? We've got the normal

• add, subtract, multiply, and divide. We also have, this is random.

• It'll add OR subtract, if you're doing calculations

• and you want element of random chance and luck.

• We got percentage, and we've got M on and M off.

• Okay, so let's divide by zero.

• One, divide by, zero, equals, error! Oh, okay, fantastic.

• And I assume, let's just check all the calc, where one,

• divided by seven, equals, a bunch of numbers, times, seven, equals,

• Oh, okay, so there's some rounding errors going on in there, but that's,

• I mean, otherwise it's great.

• And it'd be really useful for all those situations where you haven't got the space for a normal rigid

• calculator. So that if you're, if you're traveling, you can, you can roll, you can roll, look at that!

• You can roll that up like that, right? And you can have that on your person, at, at a moment's notice,

• you're like, let's calculate!

• It is flexible. You could sew it into your clothes. Sewables are all the rage. You can put this right into a coat.

• Or, if you can't afford an Apple or other smart watch, it actually, the contours, look at that!

• match the arm, and so you could just tape the two ends together there, and you've got a full on calculator-

• bracelet. And what I quite like is on the back, you can see right through there, look at the circ-

• I mean it pleases me immensely.

• I mean

• I almost feel a little, little, a little indecent being able to see all the circuitry like, you can see the

• connections there when you hit the button. I mean that's oh, that's too much.

• Let's just leave that for now.

• Scores for the Staples flexible calculator. The display, eight digits. I'm gonna give it a six.

• Functionality, it's very down the line. That's a five.

• Accuracy, a mere three. Ergonomics,

• it's got to be a ten. Cred is flexible, depending on a lot of factors, with this calculator.

• So I'm going to give it a six, with a standard deviation of two. And finally, for durability,

• That is a ten, for a total score of 40.

• Okay, up next we have- oh, thankfully, something to unbox,

• a binder calculator.

• Wow, as you can see, anything is "better with a binder"!

• It's got a number in the corner. In case you're stuck

• for what number to do a calculation with, they provide you with an example number on the front. That's very nice of them.

• And on the back, they remind you, it is better,

• it's so better! What percentage could they guarantee your satisfaction with? That would be 100% satisfaction guarantee,

• which is there. Doesn't work in any sized bin, which is good to know, unless, unless you give it a hug.

• Okay, so what I'm going to do is very carefully cut around the calculator,

• [grunting]

• leaving the rest of the box intact.

• If anyone collects, for example, Star Wars figures, or like,

• original baseball cards, this is the traditional way to open them carefully. Let's get the bottom bit off there. Nice.

• So now you can display separately the silhouette of where it came from, and now conveniently, this whole thing, just, have like an

• exploded bit in your display case, like that, to illustrate how it all went back together.

• Okay, so let's get rid of all that. So, you can see this is not just a calculator. Staples,

• you know, they figure this one's rigid, very disappointing, we'll make up for it.

• You can measure on one side how long you've been calculating for, and then over here,

• you can attach a variety of calculator bling on this side.

• Or put it in a binder.

• Let's turn it on for us. Oh here we go, okay.

• Look at that, okay. So we're on!

• And you can see, it's a solar panel one.

• But we'll just double check. Even if you lose light, you can continue calculating during an eclipse.

• That's good to know. We've got a square root key, so let's give it a quick square root test. Two, square root, times, two, square root,

• equals disappointment.

• Okay, let's just test out the number that, the example number, the serving suggestion on the packet there, so

• 2, 4, 0, 8, 9.

• Yep...

• Okay, there's woefully inadequate instructions for what to do. Oh, actually, I see what they're testing.

• This, it actually displays little commas. But unlike, you know, they're not at the bottom, they're at the top, like a little jaunty little

• apostrophe or something. So that once again, Staples,

• innovation in the field of calculators, put the comma at the top. I mean pointless innovation in this case, but, you know,

• they're trying everything. Final scores for the Staples Better Binder calculator.

• For display, it's got eight digits, so I would give it a six. But, for innovations in apostrophes,

• I'll make that a seven,

• apostrophe.

• Functionality, it is a calculator, but it's also got a ruler on one side, you can put it in your ring binder,

• I mean, with a ruler I'm gonna have to give it two straight lines, eleven.

• Accuracy, not great, four.

• Ergonomics, it's nothing but pointy edges, three.

• Cred, I'd give the calculator aspect a five,

• but the fact that it shows you that you keep your calculator locked away in a binder, and not on display,

• I think it negates that, zero.

• And for durability...

• Okay, that's, that is unfair. I think, I think a five.

• And finally at the bottom of the Staples sack, we have, oh my goodness!

• That is a party in calculator form!

• So it's not in a box.

• I can't open it up, very sad, but I can turn it on, right? And let's give it a quick test.

• Let's go with, let's do a divisibility test. So I'm going to do 75, I'm going to divide that by 14,

• and I get five and a remainder,

• now I subtract the 5, and then multiply that back up by 14, and I get, aww! four point nine nine nine nine

• nine two. So the storage is not great.

• And I guess the great thing about this calculator is if you get tired of this, or it starts to cause a seizure,

• you wanna do something else, you can flip it over, on the back, there's a maze! Look at that!

• You got a little ball there. You can try and get that... here we go... I can do this, hang on.

• Wait, hang on.

• Okay, this maze, harder than it looks. Again Staples. They are all about innovation.

• They're not happy to just make a calculator, they gotta put a maze on the back

• for no obvious reason.

• I would, I wish I could have seen the meeting. Like, what are we going to put in the back, like a snow globe?

• Or should we have like, a maze! let's put a maze! That'll do it. Unbelievable.

• Okay, now I'm a little annoyed, I mean Staples, amazing, brand new range of calculators, but they've not given me anything to unbox.

• So I'm not taking that lying down. I'm gonna unbox the calculator itself.

• And four, okay, and you can see the calculator is still on during all of this.

• It is a live dissection. Let's unbox it there! and so, oh okay, so there's the front

• transparent part of the calculator. Inside we have, this is where all the disco is kept in a variety of buttons.

• Here we have the battery and the board. And oh, hang on, does that come out? Oh my goodness. Okay hang on.

• There we are! Okay!

• So now I can just solve the maze by picking up the ball and putting it there!

• Scores for the Staples maze calculator.

• Display, and I guess in terms of display, it's not just the display, really, it's, I mean the whole thing is on display.

• I'm gonna give that a ten.

• Functionality, six.

• Accuracy, not great, a four.

• Ergonomics, it's a little bit

• iPod- iPhone-

• inspired, so I'm gonna give that an eight.

• Cred, I mean, it's pretty funky. I'm gonna give that an eight. And for durability...

• Okay, I don't even know what that's meant to be showing. Okay, I'm gonna give it a, oh, goodness, a three?

• point nine? For a total score of 39.9.

• So there you are! The new range of calculators from Staples, who are pushing forward

• the frontier of what's possible in calculators, putting in all new features that

• absolutely nobody has asked for.

• Still working.

Okay, calculator fanciers!

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# Calculator Unboxing #6 (Staples collection) - Numberphile

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林宜悉 posted on 2020/04/13
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