|Re: TIPS : HP-11C|
Message #2 Posted by Vieira, Luiz C. (Brazil) on 4 Dec 2002, 10:09 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Michel Beaulieu
I believe that "flea market" is something world-wide., comme le marché aux puces, n'est pas?
Maybe the HP11C does not fit your needs, but some few advantages must be emphasized.
 all available resources are printed in the keyboard; you do not need to search for a particular command spelling in any catalog. You look at the keyboard and see what you need (except for a few shortcuts I'll post below)
 you have gamma function (x!) in the HP11C instead of factorial (FACT, or n!) in the HP41; you do not need to program these;
 all hyperbolic and their inverse are ready to use in the HP11C; they are not available in the HP41 as standard catalog 1 functions (you need to program)
 probability -Py,x- and combination -Cy,x- in the HP11C (same as above)
 longer battery life
 (subject note:) the HP11C is easier to learn to use, mostly because it has less resources, although the 41's equivalents are as powerful as the ones in the HP11C)
 they are one of the most reliable series of calculators HP has ever offered to the users (except for some well known vintage bulldozers)
Some disadvantages are: (against the HP41, not absolute disadvantages)
 program listings are keycode based, the same way you'd find in some vintage calculators (HP25, TI57/58/59, HP67/97, and many others); it is not a bad thing, it's only time consuming and a bit awkward for users not used to this sort of coding
 no I/O facilities
 no ALPHA resources in the HP11C's display, except for a few error messages
 the HP11C has only 210 bytes of memory available, about half the HP41C's standard memory (1/8 the CV)
I have all Voyager models BUT the HP10C, also the three different HP41 (C, CV, CX), and there are moments I prefer one of the Voyagers (brief calculus, brief SW development, advanced HP15C and 16C ready-to-use functions) instead of one of the HP41. Just a matter of what to do with.
Wouldn't you like to try the 11C a bit more?
Would someone else add other advantages/disadvantages?
Cheers. (I'd never feel offended when someone express his own preferences... Mostly when it's done rationally, as you have surely done)