|Re: HP32SII - Keypad Labels|
Message #3 Posted by Randy Sloyer on 8 Aug 2003, 11:57 p.m.,
in response to message #2 by Trent Moseley
IMO, it had absolutely nothing to do with cost. This silver color is ink, not bare metal, so the cost between the two should be the same. Each scheme had four different inks used in the printing process.
It had everything to do with change for change sake by the marketing department. The HP fashion police wanted to compete with TI, the old brown looked dated. It was OLD HP. This is the NEW HP. The teal and purple colors where the same as used on the 48G series, they just applied it to a black background. You know, black, the new designer color awhile back. The fad that lasted for about a year with a appliances until people realized it showed every last finger print.
It wasn't just the 32Sii, the black scheme also appeared on the 10B, 17Bii and 20S before they shut down the Pioneer line in Indonesia. It was not about cost and certainly not about usability, but about appearances.
Then came the red and blue keys of the 49G on a light blue background. Beginning to see the pattern here?
Edited: 8 Aug 2003, 11:59 p.m.