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Calculator Unboxing #6 (Staples collection) – Numberphile

September 15, 2019

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.

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  • Reply John Andre Velasquez May 17, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Please make more of these!!! I don't ever comment on youtube videos but after this I decided to break my rule.

  • Reply Shivam Sharma May 18, 2016 at 2:40 am

    These videos are oddly satisfying to watch

  • Reply Storm Bushong May 18, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Calculator request: Texas Instruments TI-83 or TI-84.

  • Reply Voltic Wing May 20, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Wait…unless you give the bin a Hg. That's not a hug that's Mercury!

  • Reply Derek Liu May 30, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Yunno you can place it in your binder

  • Reply Andres June 3, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Make more! We miss these!!!!

  • Reply brmbrmcar June 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm


  • Reply Ewan Milne June 8, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Do the Texas TI 84+, the Casio Fx Plus is the staple of every high-school student and the TI 84+ should be the staple of any A-Level student

  • Reply Pipo De Clown June 9, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    This is so unbelievably funny!
    The dry humour is absolutely brilliant.

  • Reply andrewxc1335 June 9, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I really wanted to see the maze calculator go off of the roof and shatter on the sidewalk…

  • Reply emililroy subbu June 10, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    "there's scale on the right side, so that you could know how long you've been calculating for" lmao dude has no chill😂😂

  • Reply i have a name now, but it's not very creative June 12, 2016 at 12:06 am

    3:30 I died when he didn't make a mercury joke

  • Reply Jitaki Khamsi June 18, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Was I the only one who thought that picking up the ball and solving the maze was a great way to demonstrate the use of higher dimensions to solve spatial problems?

  • Reply João Almeida June 20, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Do more of these! Matt Parker you're awesome!

  • Reply Chase Beasley June 22, 2016 at 4:35 am

    in Britain, do they have the Texas Instrument brand calculators? They are the ubiquitously required thing here.

  • Reply Carson Morrill June 24, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Guns don't kill people, sarcasm does

  • Reply Agus Tzvir June 25, 2016 at 1:52 am

    "there is nothing to unbox here so im going to unbox the calculator itself"
    nice logic

  • Reply Howard Toon June 27, 2016 at 7:49 am

    One other test I always carry out is to enter 1 + 2 * 3. I was always taught the answer should be 7 but most cheap calculators give 9 (including those in all my local banks!)

  • Reply Samer Qari June 30, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Ridiculous Calculators 🙁

  • Reply K Y June 30, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    loved this loool

  • Reply Joshua McConnell July 2, 2016 at 6:39 am

    sensational, the best unboxing videos on the internet.

  • Reply Ethan July 3, 2016 at 6:38 am

    When are we going to get an outtake/gag reel for these?

  • Reply atklobas July 3, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Isn't that just called a vivisection?

  • Reply International Space Station July 3, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I used to have a similar flexible calculator. I practically "ate" that thing when I was in 5th grade. That thing was in my mouth through half the class. I was gnawing on it. The circuitry and front and back silicone sheets separated. I'd gnaw on that thing for ages. And it still worked. Pretty sure the thing is still lying around in the barn now, and if I popped some new batteries in there, it'd work. Those flexy calculators are extremely durable, but if you're anything like me, you won't settle for anything less than carrying your TI-NSpire CX calculator around with you everywhere.

    Also I giggled at the "NSFW" part. Ahh, if you knew me well enough… xD

  • Reply Otto2014 July 3, 2016 at 8:57 am

    1000th comment

  • Reply miha110111992 July 3, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Live disection=vivisection 😉

  • Reply Asif Khan July 4, 2016 at 3:03 am


  • Reply Jerl July 4, 2016 at 4:45 am


    So the derivative of 7? Sounds like an accurate score.

  • Reply Andrew Li July 5, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    This is comedy central

  • Reply Spoon July 5, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I kind of want to sew that wobly one into my coat.

  • Reply Флинтхард July 6, 2016 at 4:37 am

    And bonus:it has NES cartridge micro scheme in it.I bet it's Super Mario Bros! Nice calculator bracer though. I am positive it gives the owner + 1 to Math and + 1 to Science skills.

  • Reply Zachary Lagler July 6, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    wish my TI-83 had a labyrinth on the back. lol

  • Reply Bo the Wolf July 6, 2016 at 11:00 pm


  • Reply Jason Qiu July 7, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Have you tried ti84

  • Reply jumpanama July 13, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Do one on analog calculators!!! (slide rule, abacus, chinese sticks etc)

  • Reply Karniboy July 13, 2016 at 4:35 am

    "6 with a standard deviation of 2" Oh my god best videos ever XDD

  • Reply Jake Clay July 15, 2016 at 7:16 am

    6:10 that beach is beautiful!

  • Reply Vipelierre Serpifeu July 24, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Imagine Numberphile doing collab with Ashens. That would be epic

  • Reply squishy August 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    that ocean was beautiful!
    where is that?

  • Reply Frank Harr August 7, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Still vassilating.

    Incidentally, it's not an apostraphe, it's a prime. Trust me, I'm a typesetter.

  • Reply CJ Futch August 14, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Imagine if aliens use this video to help decrypt our language and culture.

  • Reply The Tooner August 21, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    "jaunty apostrophe"

  • Reply dieuhung banh August 26, 2016 at 12:49 am

    That's the calculator we can use to cheat on a test

  • Reply ChaosJona August 31, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    nooo where is the scalpell??

  • Reply harold bolander September 3, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Don't bend it too much i did
    It too much and the 2,7,8,9 stopped working

  • Reply Filip Stanisic September 5, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    A maze. That's kinda amazing hihi. Dissapointed that they didn't see it.

  • Reply OG Blaze420 September 9, 2016 at 4:55 am


  • Reply Edouard Dubois September 10, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Right here is where I lost it.

  • Reply Daniel Ribas Tandeitnik September 12, 2016 at 10:21 am

    "Two Square Root times Two Square Root equals…disappointment.." hahaha, I love these calculator unboxing videos! Keep them coming!

  • Reply Anthony Kernich September 14, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Who needs a calculator to travel? I calculate in my head.

  • Reply Rodrigo Crispim October 5, 2016 at 2:05 am

    omg the last is so funky. yeeeaaaah

  • Reply Marius October 11, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Hg is a hug XDDDD

  • Reply Anthony O'Malley November 4, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Hey Matt! A live disection is called a vivasection

  • Reply Alfonso Hernández Bustos November 20, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    "Square root two times square root two equals… disappointment" 😂😂😂

  • Reply xXjesperoXx December 7, 2016 at 3:55 am

    5:17 "pointless innovation"
    Excuse me, but I think you most certainly will find a point there, mister Parker!

  • Reply DerEddyTeddy December 26, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Matt is a top memer 👌

  • Reply TheRealSpicke December 27, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    In Switzerland it is common to write Numbers like 1'800'000.64. I think it is better since you cant get confused if its just a separation or a decimal point.

  • Reply Peter Johannsen January 4, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    the last calculator was aMAZEing

  • Reply TumbleGamer January 11, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    do staples sell staples ???

  • Reply ServantToTruth January 15, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    It actually is sewable and that's pretty cool

  • Reply Pipo De Clown January 22, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    First, the calculator unboxing videos are great comic relief! Absolutely wonderful.

    Second, the ruler on the side of the calculator is in my opinion INCREDIBLY useful! At my desk I usually use things like books or a mouse mat or any small box lying around to draw straight lines. This one measures things as well! Very useful.

  • Reply Атеев February 9, 2017 at 1:23 am

    nerds these days*
    u cut an OPEN staples bag?

  • Reply Akash Bhalotia February 14, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Matt Parker, you rock! You're hilarious 😂. Even your Gaxio video killed it!

  • Reply Annie Liang February 26, 2017 at 5:54 am

    +/- is to negate/positive a number.

  • Reply Евгений March 21, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Square root of 2 times square root of 2 equals…

    D I S A P P O I N T M E N T

  • Reply René Descartes March 22, 2017 at 4:54 am

    4:20😂 =disapointement

  • Reply Lyxy Lue March 24, 2017 at 11:48 am

    These videos are the reason I haven't killed myself!! so much yes!

  • Reply Swisambard April 2, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    'A party in calculator form' – I wish I was invited

  • Reply bob8mybobbob April 21, 2017 at 6:25 am

    I really want a view into the world in which people calculate in the fashions described in this video.

  • Reply Not Gay April 29, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Matt! It meant you need to fill the bin with mercury!

  • Reply Stephen Benner May 3, 2017 at 3:53 am

    I think the flexible one should be waterproof. You could take it snorkeling to estimate the number of fish in a reef or some other important calculations one might need to make on vacation.

  • Reply E Mou May 9, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    what beach is that, it looks real nice

  • Reply E Mou May 9, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    +standupmaths what beach is dat, it looks real nice, cred rating 8

  • Reply Scuba May 19, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Release more of these before i stab my eyes out

  • Reply Polyphony June 10, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    'doesn't work in any sized bin. unless you give it a H(u)g'

  • Reply Josh Plett September 17, 2017 at 5:27 am

    This just may be my favorite YouTube video of all time.

  • Reply Kitty Cakes September 28, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I have the third one 😀

  • Reply MamboBean October 9, 2017 at 3:49 am

    I have binders full of calculators

  • Reply Cactuscobbler October 10, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Why did he open the bag like that 😂😂😂😂

  • Reply Alph4 November 7, 2017 at 5:04 am

    You know you're a nerd when you start watching calculator unboxings recreationally.

  • Reply John Steed November 16, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    5:20 how can a POINT be a pointless innovation?

  • Reply Sigma Stripes January 7, 2018 at 11:02 am

    why are these videos my favourite

  • Reply Canzandridas Joe January 29, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    I WANT MOAR!!!!

  • Reply Adam Mc Garrity February 4, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    The third one is aMAZEing.

  • Reply AikI February 17, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Italy actually uses an apostrophe as a thousands separator.

  • Reply BlueCassio March 8, 2018 at 3:39 am

    The floppy one is amazing.

  • Reply CD27 March 15, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Why exactly do you have a set of Allen wrenches on a calculator unboxing?

  • Reply egosystem April 13, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    I found the bin comments hilarious

  • Reply SciGeoHistory May 21, 2018 at 1:53 am

    Giving your binder calculator a hug is one of the best decisions you will make in your life, it has been very useful in emergency calculations where all I have is a bin.

  • Reply Larry Scott June 26, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Dedication to subject: 9
    Length of video: 8 (shorter is better)
    Ridicule scale fact: 11
    Useful information: -1

  • Reply Adam Mullarkey July 1, 2018 at 4:56 am

    I want a calculator with a snowglobe on the back now… Thanks, Matt…

  • Reply Mark Metcalfe August 31, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    "2 square root times 2 square root equals…"


  • Reply Zainab Malik September 29, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Man, This video is something !

  • Reply Andreas Strauman November 23, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Just to put some of your minds at ease, here are the average scores for the calculators
    1: 6.666 with (σ/3)

    You're welcome.

  • Reply MrChet407 January 9, 2019 at 3:56 am

    I can't believe you solved that maze

  • Reply 4 Strength 4 Stam Leather Belt Lv. 18 February 13, 2019 at 2:17 am

    No average rating in this episode, though.

  • Reply Den Den February 24, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Blue calculator deservs more ergonomics becouse of mounting holes. It conviniently fits in block notebook or folder

  • Reply SuperMarioPlushshow February 26, 2019 at 1:19 am

    0:58 Those are Integers.

  • Reply Sean Roh February 26, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Hardly an unboxing video if none of the calculators actually come in a box. More of an unbagging. I would give this video a 0/10 in the unboxing catagory and a 10/10 in the ridiculous catagory for a total score of 10.

  • Reply kcaH zneroL June 25, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    5:16 pointless? There's surely a point.

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