Price Updates on Casio Prizm and TI-Nspire CX

Just a quick update on the pricing structure for the Casio Prizm (review) and TI-Nspire CX (review). When I was at NCTM, there was more information on both calculators and their prices.

First, Casio was letting everyone know that there’s going to be a price cut on the Prizm for back-to-school this coming year. That means that around July, you should be able to find the Prizm in stores for around $99. That price should at least continue well into the fall, if not much longer.

Second, I spoke with the reps from The Bach Company, a calculator distributor, about the TI-Nspire CX. They said that while the MSRP is $165, they expect most “big box” stores like Walmart and Staples to sell it for somewhere between $150 and $160. So far, Office Max is the first major retailer I’ve seen pre-selling the Nspire CX online, and they’re selling it for a full $170.

With the Nspire CX’s cost around 50% more than the Casio Prizm, this is another significant contrast between the first two full-color graphing calculators. With schools nationwide facing funding cuts, it’ll be interesting to see if finances play larger role in graphing calculator decisions than they have in the past. I hope to have an article up soon comparing the two ground breaking calculators. 

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