|Re: In praise of the HP-41|
Message #12 Posted by Ernie Malaga (Miami) on 3 Mar 2003, 3:02 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Mark
I went to college between 1973 and 1978 in my native Lima, Peru. Many calculators then hanging from belts or being carried along with books. Also many slide rules!
At first I was one of the slide-rule-bound ones. Then I got a Rockwell scientific calculator, then a SR-51A, then an HP-25, and finally an HP-67. That's when I left college. After moving to Los Angeles, CA, I switched to the 41C in 1979.
Although I've had many calculators (many models, several brands), I have never found one that combines power and ease of use as the 41: the keyboard is simple and uncluttered; XEQ + function name isn't a bad compromise. At least, in my opinion, it beats the menu madness that has been prevalent in later machines, including the HP-32S.
Two years ago I was using a HP-49G (I no longer had my 41CX), with which I was never happy. I traded the monster for a 41CX, no money either way, and have had no regrets whatsoever.