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Pic of the Aurora FN1000
Message #1 Posted by Joerg Woerner on 1 July 2003, 6:36 a.m.

Here it is in good quality:

http://www.aurora.com.cn/Sys_Code/PROD/show.ASP?Prod_ID=200&Ver=EN

Regards, Joerg

      
Another one
Message #2 Posted by Juergen (CH) on 1 July 2003, 8:16 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Joerg Woerner

http://procalc.net/imgs/base/113g.jpg

      
About Aurora FN1000
Message #3 Posted by Renato on 1 July 2003, 10:50 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Joerg Woerner

It looks better in pictures than in real life. I tried one in a shop in Brazil, even tried a short program loop (quite fast execution). The plastic finish, keys and display are not much better than a $30 calc. Im happy that another manufacturer launches a RPN calculator. Maybe HP (or better: Agilent) do something better that the 12cp. Thats the only positive point of all this.
Being RPN and programmable does not turn a financial calculator in a 12c replacement. FN1000 regular price in Brazil is 60% of 12c price - but discounts on the FN1000 are starting to appear in online auctions.
In a few months, I bet prices will go much lower. At $20 id buy some to leave around the house and in the car.

            
Re: About Aurora FN1000
Message #4 Posted by Ellis Easley on 3 July 2003, 11:24 a.m.,
in response to message #3 by Renato

The numbers displayed in the first picture look like program steps. Especially "43" which would be the "g" prefix key on a real 12C ("43 33 65" = GTO 65). Is this how they implemented program keycodes - exactly the same as the 12C? How does the user read a program? Do they have a keycode conversion chart?

                  
Re: About Aurora FN1000
Message #5 Posted by Renato on 3 July 2003, 1:26 p.m.,
in response to message #4 by Ellis Easley

I *think* fn1000 uses the same keycodes as the 12c.
As the price falls, chances are that ill buy one. Just allow me to wait for price to be right.

                  
Re: About Aurora FN1000
Message #6 Posted by Paul Brogger on 3 July 2003, 4:43 p.m.,
in response to message #4 by Ellis Easley

Other ways of asking the question are,

"Did they copy the HP-12C ROM bit-for-bit?"

or,

"Did they simply reverse-engineer the 12c without understanding (!!!) what the keycodes meant?"

One might also wonder, was either of these paths taken with permission from H-P?

Very bizarre . . .


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