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There isn't a lot on this site about the Numworks calculator, and I thought with the recent new hardware revision, it would be a good idea to write a post about it here on Cemetech for those who don't frequent TI-Planet.

So what is Numworks?

Simply put, Numworks is a graphing calculator with many features, such as the Python programming language built in, a very modern design and user experience, and the open source operating system Epsilon.

The new edition of the Numworks (N0110) brings many improvements to the system, including a sturdier protective case, 8MB of Flash memory instead of 1MB, and a much faster processor (with a clock speed of 216 MHz, an upgrade of over 100% from 100MHz on the older model).

TI-Planet admin critor tested several different calculators with a visual speed comparison, the results of which you can see in this video:



As you can see, the Numworks N0110 beats both the TI- Nspire CX II CAS as well as the HP Prime G2 (which was previously the fastest calculator on the market, and was only released about a year ago).

The Numworks N0110 is an important development in the world of graphing calculators, both with its great hardware and performance as well as its price- the Numworks calculator is staying at the price of $99.99, which is quite low compared to the TI-84 Plus CE, TI-Nspire CX II (CAS) and the HP Prime, which all cost more than $110.00, even with deals to cut the price. If you want to read a more in-depth article about the new Numworks, check out critor's article over at TI-Planet (if you can read French or use Google translate).

A little competition between companies is always good for the consumer, and hopefully TI, HP, and maybe even Casio will start releasing better and/or less expensive calculators in the future.

So, what do you guys think about the Numworks? Are you going to consider buying one (even if you don't, you can still try it out on the online simulator)? Any other opinions on the expanding graphing calculator market?

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As you can see, the Numworks N0110 beats both the TI- Nspire CX II CAS as well as the HP Prime G2 (which was previously the fastest calculator on the market, and was only released about a year ago).
In the Prime's defense, that was only one test and the Prime doesn't even officially support Python. Although the Numworks performance is impressive nevertheless, I think the 528mhz CPU in the Prime will give it an advantage in other tests. Who knows though, hopefully there's more benchmarks released soon! I have no excuse for the Prime losing to that amazing Price to Performance ratio though. Razz
I gotta go notify the HP people about this!
  
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