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Texas Instruments TI-84 PLUS Silver Edition (Best Buy)

Date of introduction:  August 2008 Display technology:  LCD dot matrix
New price:  $132.99  Display size:  8 * 16 characters
Size:  7.5" x 3.3" x 0.85"
 190 x 84 x 22 mm3
   
Weight:  7.4 ounces, 208 grams Serial No:  2511005053
Batteries:  4*AAA + SR44 (35mA) Date of manufacture:  mth 05 year 2008 (M)
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  China (P)
Precision:  14 Integrated circuits:  ASIC: TI-REF 84PLCR/TA1
 Flash: S29AL016D
 Display: Novatek NT7564H
Memories:      
Program steps:  24k Bytes, 1.5M Bytes Flash-ROM Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

This colorful TI-84 Plus Silver Edition was introduced for Back-to-School 2008 campaign by consumer electronics retailer Best Buy together with its blue sibbling and a pink TI-30X IIS.

In 2008 Texas Instruments sold on its website faceplates in 15 different colors: Black, brown, dark red, red, pink, purple, dark blue, blue, light blue, green, gold, orange, bright orange, grey and white. Except bright orange were matching slide cases available, too. One special “Data Collection” snap-on faceplate highlights the keys and functions of the Vernier EasyData™ application.

Comparing this TI-84 Plus Silver Edition manufactured in May 2008 (Revision Code M) with earlier ones manufactured in March 2008 (Revision Code L) and April 2007 (Revision Code G) reveals only few differences. Read more about them here.

The TI-84 Plus Silver Edition supports the ViewScreen panel and the TI-Presenter with an Presentation Link Adapter. A serial port of the calculators allows the connection to the Calculator-Based Laboratory system CBL, its successor CBL 2 and the Calculator-Based Ranger CBR. The added USB interface of the TI-84 Plus family calculators connects directly with the Calculator-Based Ranger CBR 2 introduced in 2004. With a new cradle even the optional full-sized QWERTY Keyboard introduced in 2002 matches with the TI-84 Plus series.

Best Buy introduced no new Texas Instruments calculators for the Back-to-School 2009 campaign, but in July 2009 we found both this purple TI-84 Plus S.E. and its blue sibbling with a clearance sales sticker price of $117.49 resp. $116.49 while the standard TI-84 Plus S.E. sold for $137.99.

Texas Instruments announced on March 1st, 2010 the TI-84 Plus Operating System version 2.53MP with MathPrint™ mode for free download. The OS 2.53MP enables users to input and view math symbols and formulas, including stacked fractions, in their handhelds exactly as the equations appear in textbooks.  



ROM-Versions:

TI-84PlusSE_P0508M_OS.jpg (51635 Byte)2.43 (December 4, 2007)
2.53MP (February 15, 2010 includes MathPrint)
2.55MP (January 15, 2011)

You can check the ROM version of your TI-84 Plus S.E. using the following key sequence and reading the number on your screen:

[2nd] [MEM] [1]

Information provided by ticalc.org and Xavier Andréani.

Exam acceptance:

The TI-84 Plus S.E. is permitted (as of September 27, 2008) for use on SAT, ACT, PSAT and AP exams.

 

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If you have additions to the above article please email: joerg@datamath.org.

© Joerg Woerner, September 29, 2008. No reprints without written permission.