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TI Announces TI-84 Plus, SE; TI-89 Titanium
Posted by Michael on 7 January 2004, 22:25 GMT

TI-84 Plus Silver EditionTI has announced two new calculators for release in the spring: the TI-84 Plus and TI-84 Plus Silver Edition. Both are fully compatible with the TI-83 Plus and TI-83 Plus Silver Edition. Both have new physical styles, an integrated USB port for computer connectivity, an internal clock, and an available kickstand.

The TI-84 Plus features 480 KB of flash memory, 24 KB of user RAM, and a 15 MHz clock speed, while the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition has 1.5 MB of flash memory, available interchangeable faceplates, and is also 15 MHz. If you haven't already guessed, the Silver Edition, like its 83+ counterpart, is silver in color.


TI-89 TitaniumFor the summer of 2004, the high-end calculator line gets a metallic lift with the TI-89 Titanium. In addition to tripling the memory to 2.7 MB of flash, it also features a built-in USB port for computer connectivity as well as the kickstand slidecase (I'm not sure if this is included or an add-on, I think it's purchased separately). All three calculators feature high-contrast LCDs and are compatible with TI's projection devices (like ViewScreen).

Update: According to this press release, the 84+ will retail at $109.99 and the 84+ SE at $129.99. It seems that these are intended 83+/83+ SE replacements. The TI-89 Titanium press release quotes a street price of $149.99.

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burntfuse  Account Info

Wow, these are starting to look like the HP39/49/whatever in physical appearance. 480KB!!!!!! USB!!!!!!!! Nice....

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burntfuse  Account Info

They seem to be changing the look on the TI-89 titanium too, to more industrial, or something. I liked the 86, 83 and 73 case styles better. Oh well. :-(

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 23:00 GMT


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no_one_2000_  Account Info
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I dunno... the old TI-89 look is nice. I like it. But the TI-89 Ti look isn't that bad. It doesn't look like the other calculators, though. However, I think the TI-84's [I typed 83 AGAIN- this will be hard to get used to] look is pretty cool. Maybe because it's shiny. And hey, they aren't Playskool colored this time ;-) (TI-73 Explorer)

Reply to this comment    8 January 2004, 01:33 GMT


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W Hibdon  Account Info

::cough::V200::cough:: A.K.A. My First Calculator.

-W-

Reply to this comment    9 January 2004, 00:22 GMT

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no_one_2000_  Account Info
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TI-82 is mine! :-D

Reply to this comment    9 January 2004, 01:41 GMT


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BlackThunder  Account Info
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TI-85's mine, but it was only until I got a TI-92 with a manual did I realize that both had programming capabilities.

Reply to this comment    9 January 2004, 03:09 GMT

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BlackThunder  Account Info
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Ugh. How COULD you say such a thing?!

Reply to this comment    9 January 2004, 03:08 GMT

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Neil Hodges  Account Info
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My first calc ws a TI-83 my sister gave to me, after my parents promised me the TI-83 Plus SE. I normally use the 83 for linking program testing.

Reply to this comment    9 January 2004, 06:23 GMT


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W Hibdon  Account Info

*Clearification!!!*

I menat "My First Calc" in that "Playskool" tpys often have that sort of name.

-Sorry for the confusion, I am W-

Reply to this comment    10 January 2004, 00:12 GMT


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BlackThunder  Account Info
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I know that. That's why I said, "Ugh. How COULD you say such a thing?! [about such an advanced calculator]"

Reply to this comment    10 January 2004, 20:33 GMT


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Neil Hodges  Account Info
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You realize 480kb is less than the 83+SE. There's no more FlashROM than the 83+SE in the 84+SE. I'm probably not going to get this one because of that. And, my new 86 is better than the 83-based models.

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 23:40 GMT

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Merthsoft  Account Info

Like hell it is, 86's are waaay to anal.

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 23:55 GMT

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Neil Hodges  Account Info
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I don't see any problem except the fact they don't work with the USB link.

Reply to this comment    8 January 2004, 00:32 GMT


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no_one_2000_  Account Info
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*hopes that we don't get into a pro/con TI-86 discussion*

Anyway... the TI-86's are way too different. Its ease-of-use is a lot lower than the rest of the models.

Reply to this comment    8 January 2004, 01:35 GMT


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nolekid  Account Info

Maybe, but once you get over the NO FLASH and NO USB/TI CONNECT!!!! thing, then you realize that it comes built in (not an app) with poly equ solver and simaltaneuos equ solver, and requires less keys to put in functions embedded in menus repeatedly (eg if you want to make 5 transformations of a y=cube root(x) graph at the same time, you have to go to the math menu 5 times on an 83, but only once on an 86 b/c it stays on the screen), and that it really is a much better calculator, until you use the built-in crap on the 83+SE, which is really awesome.

Reply to this comment    8 January 2004, 04:08 GMT

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Morgan Davies  Account Info
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The sole reason 86's are disliked is because they have no FLASH rom. The other reason is the menus...and not to put down everyone hear, put if you have a hard time figuring out a menus...you got problems...serious problems.

But you are right the 86 is a different calc and IMO it will alywas be better than any 83/84 although it could use a little more free memory.

It's kind if messed up...the people that diss on 86's are the people that have hardly any experience with them.

Reply to this comment    8 January 2004, 06:57 GMT

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Joey Gannon  Account Info
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Morgan and I have fought about this countless times on AIM before. I can figure out the menus just fine, I just don't like them. What good is a menu if each choice can only have 4-5 characters? I like the lowercase and Greek symbols, though. I also like that my 86 has a backlight. (Thanks, MV.) The 83 is much easier to use, IMHO, and it's just about as powerful. Nothing can touch the 89, though. :-)

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Morgan Davies  Account Info
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>> What good is a menu if each choice can only have 4-5 characters?

You can simply put a number in the menu and display the choices on the screen like the 83 series do. Or you can put the choices in the menu. Thus you have two options, one the same as the 83 has and one the 83 couldn't even concieve of doing.

Yes the 89 is definately better than the 86 I admit that.

Reply to this comment    9 January 2004, 08:18 GMT


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W Hibdon  Account Info

Ummm... I have conciderable expirence with the 86, and it was the worst expirence that I have ever had with electronics, except for that time I was electrocuted.

-W-

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no_one_2000_  Account Info
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I have a friend who was electricuted by a camera we were playing with. He got metal burnt into his finger (just a little bit, though... it came right out)

Reply to this comment    9 January 2004, 01:44 GMT


burntfuse  Account Info

How did that happen?!?!?!?

Reply to this comment    10 January 2004, 01:18 GMT

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Geek_Productions Account Info
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Maybe they were trying to mahe a tazer out of a camera's flash.

Reply to this comment    10 January 2004, 01:37 GMT


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Michael O'Brien  Account Info
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A short circuit spark is hot enought to melt solder which I have burned onto my fingers myself. You get used to it after a while...

Reply to this comment    10 January 2004, 05:36 GMT

burntfuse  Account Info

I agree with everything you said except the part about the 83+SE.

Reply to this comment    8 January 2004, 21:49 GMT


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nolekid  Account Info

What's wrong with all the pre-packaged APPS on the SE? Or do you think I was wrong for calling them "crap"?

Reply to this comment    8 January 2004, 22:14 GMT


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generationxyu  Account Info

I thought it was a crock, frankly, that TI took assembly games made by the ticalc people and stripped the author's names, slightly changed the names of the programs, and put them in Flash for the Puzzle Pack. Granted those games were in the public domain, but they should have at least kept the author's names.

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Merthsoft  Account Info

Umm dude... Look at PuzzPack, it says clearly "Detached Solutions".

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BlackThunder  Account Info
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And, although I'm not sure, I think all the games in PuzzPack were made by Detached Solutions, too. Which education.ti.com even gives a link to.

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TheGreatOne  Account Info

Yeah the last thing TI wants is copyright infringement or anything close. If you've ever read the entry rules to the TI App contest you can see they disqualify you if you rip someone off.

Reply to this comment    9 January 2004, 23:25 GMT


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CajunLuke Account Info

TI-Connect for Mac has 86 support (and 82, 85, and 81).

Reply to this comment    10 January 2004, 17:52 GMT


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jamin  Account Info

As an owner of calculators from the 83, 86, 89 series, I think that the 86 is a better platform. I know this is subjective and the 86 interface isnt easy to learn for average students and teachers. But 83, and now 84, is only better because TI chose to improve that and not the 86 series. So, in my opinion, the original 86 is much better than the 83.

Not that any of this really matters. The 3 new calc's look nice and should sell well.

Reply to this comment    8 January 2004, 04:10 GMT


burntfuse  Account Info

In everything but the lack of flash, yes.

Reply to this comment    8 January 2004, 21:50 GMT


burntfuse  Account Info

No, I didn't realize that. Don't misunderstand me-I prefer the 86 to the 83-series too in every way except the memory (actually, I prefer it to everything except the 68k calcs).

Reply to this comment    8 January 2004, 21:47 GMT

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