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Re: 48s -- Maybe you DO mean "48s"!
Message #1 Posted by Paul Brogger on 10 June 2002, 6:51 p.m.

Sorry -- I guess there WAS a 48S. Shows you how much I know!

Try this download from www.hpcalc.org :

Calculator Comparison Document

-- it compares the 48 models (S, SX, G, G+ GX) and the 28C & S. Sounds like what you're looking for . . .

      
Re: 48s -- Maybe you DO mean "48s"!
Message #2 Posted by thibaut.be on 11 June 2002, 3:11 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Paul Brogger

Well, I own a 48S, so I can definitely confirm it exists.

It's quite ugly though : the mixture of blue and orange (32S and 42s-like) on this grey is not very attractive, i understand why they changed the orange with the light green on the 48Gx models...

            
Re: 48s -- Maybe you DO mean "48s"!
Message #3 Posted by Vieira, Luiz C. (Brazil) on 12 June 2002, 7:47 a.m.,
in response to message #2 by thibaut.be

Hi;

I lost the starting post (people are taking care removing posts more often), but I would just like to add that orange (gold) and blue have been used as reference colors a long time in HP calculators. Even black - [h] prefix key in the HP67 and HP34C, if I am not wrong - was used.

I remember that the HP28 was one of the first ones to propose a new color scheme: kind of a dark magenta prefix key. Later, in the HP48G, even the box came with a new, blue-fashion color (easy to see if you place the 48S/SX beside any G-series). In fact, the S/SX box looks more like a dark brown, for me. As many Pioneers.

Cheers.

                  
Re: 48s -- Maybe you DO mean "48s"!
Message #4 Posted by thibaut.be on 14 June 2002, 11:23 a.m.,
in response to message #3 by Vieira, Luiz C. (Brazil)

Well, I agree with you thatt the "classic" colour scheme was blue and gold (and sometimes black !, HP 67, HP 34C, for the h key ...), but the 1st 48S and 32S used a mix of blue and orange, which was not very pleasant to look at, though providing high contrast qualities.

      
Re: 48s -- Maybe you DO mean "48s"!
Message #5 Posted by Fred on 12 June 2002, 10:01 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Paul Brogger

Thanks for your chart.

I didn't know if the HP 48S had expansions slots or not.

again thanks.

            
Re: 48s -- Maybe you DO mean "48s"!
Message #6 Posted by Christof (Davis, CA) on 12 June 2002, 2:28 p.m.,
in response to message #5 by Fred

The SX has expansion slots, that's what the "x" means.

So the 48S is a model 48, scientific

The 48SX is a model 48, scientific, expandable

(humor below)

G stands for something like Goofy-

48G model 48, Goofy keyshift colors.

-Christof

                  
Re: 48s -- Maybe you DO mean "48s"!
Message #7 Posted by James M. Prange on 13 June 2002, 2:38 a.m.,
in response to message #6 by Christof (Davis, CA)

I'm another who doesn't appreciate the color change, because I find the S series faceplates easier to read than the G series faceplates. Of course the G series LCD's are easier to read, which is more important.

I expect that the "G" was supposed to be for "Graphing". I've often wondered whether Intel's use of "SX" on the "low-cost" 80386SX and 80486SX processors had anything to do with the change.

The choose boxes and input forms are a nifty idea, but I still prefer the more traditional menu labels and top-row menu keys for most purposes.

But let's remember that the G series introduced several new commands and "parallel list processing" that sometimes makes things a bit easier.

Seems that HP couldn't resist taking some steps back when they should've been moving forward only.

James

                        
Re: 48s -- Maybe you DO mean "48s"!
Message #8 Posted by Christof (Davis, CA) on 15 June 2002, 10:06 p.m.,
in response to message #7 by James M. Prange

It's a shame we can't pop new roms into the g series.....

though I'd still enjoy the keyboard of my sx better.

Hell, when it comes right down to it, give me the power of the 48gx in a 28s case- I'll deal with the smaller screen. :)

-C


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