|Thinking out loud, 42, 48...|
Message #7 Posted by Andrés C. Rodríguez on 1 June 2000, 3:35 p.m.,
in response to message #5 by John
There is nothing - almost :-) - wrong with the HP48 series, I think we just prefer a machine with the HP42 attributes:
* Small and unconspicuous size, medium to low price tag.
* HP 41 programming model (both the -48 and the -32S are much different to the 41/42; each on its way)
* Powerful preprogrammed functions and programming constructs
* Uncluttered keyboard
* Classic 4-level stack
* And, obviously, RPN.
On a wish list, I would add:
* Some I/O bidirectional capability (ie: PC Connection with ASCII file to calculator program transfer)
* More memory
* A Directory function that allows to group related programs and also to decide the position of the labels on the programs catalog
* A simpler Alpha menu, perhaps keeping the current Alpha, but adding keyboard shortcuts.
* Better display control (show only x:, not y:; etc.)
* TVM preprogrammed functions, clock, alarm and calendar functions
Back to the HP42S, HP left such product spot unattended for many years. I think they might re-release a 42-like product; but frankly, I doubt they will. Quality, certifications, documentation, support, warranty, etc. drive the market today more than technology or features. Also, such product may kill some 48/49 sales...
I may be happy with a good RPN calculator applet on a Windows CE device, that may be the best option for RPN adepts.