|Re: HP49G+ Improvements?|
Message #4 Posted by Wayne Brown on 25 Oct 2003, 9:24 a.m.,
in response to message #2 by Ben Salinas
Realize that for every bad point you hear about (rom updating, LCD screen, keyboard, power consumption etc) there are literally 20 good points. The most obvious
being the speed. A close second is the weight (especially when compared to the 39g. The 49g+ weighs less with batteries as the TI-89 does without) Furthermore,
the software is great, along with the documentation (compared especially to other current calculator manuals) There are wonderful asthetics, and the memory size is
amazing. The USB is fast, and it has IR. The SD slot is a great addition for future uses. The leather cases is to die for. It is RPN!!!! It has almost every function under
I understand what you're saying, Ben. However, keep in mind that for some of us, most of the things that are positive for you are neutral or negative for us:
Speed? I don't care much about speed; the 48 (and the 41 in many cases) is fast enough for me.
Weight? I like a heavy, solid-feeling calculator. One of the things I like about using memory cards in the 48 is that they make it heavier; a 48 without cards feels almost too light to me.
Software? The software is nice, though MetaKernel + Erable + Alg48 gives me most of that on a 48.
Documentation? From what I've heard about the documentation, at least some of the people who have it feel it's inadequate and recommend supplementing it with the 48 manuals. (It is supposed to be better than the original 49's documentation, though.)
Aesthetics? Though it's an improvement over the 49G, I still don't like the looks of the 49G+. I still think it looks too much like a consumer appliance and not enough like a complex piece of industrial/technical apparatus. In other words, it looks like it belongs in a living room, not in a laboratory. Of course, as I've said before, the puny [ENTER] key is a showstopper for me. No matter what other features a calculator has, I won't buy it unless it has a prominent double-sized [ENTER] key. That's an absolutely non-negotiable point with me.
Memory size? After a year of using a 2mb card in my 48GX, I still have 634kb free. I could free another 896kb by deleting 7 ports filled with backup objects (some dating back to July). They're already backed up on my laptop; I only keep them in the calculator because at present I don't need that memory for anything else. If I needed more I could get a 4mb card, but I don't anticipate ever needing more than 2mb. (It would be nice to have a larger port 0, but I've learned to manage just fine with what I have.)
USB? I like RS232C better than USB. Since the 49G+ is a USB client device, you can't hook it directly to another USB client (like a printer or another 49G+). A plain old RS232C serial port is more flexible.
IR? Already have that in my 48.
SD slot? Useless for me. (See comments above about memory size.)
Leather case? Sounds nice, but I've heard that the large magnetic clasp makes it difficult to fit in a pocket. If that's true, it would be a problem for me because I frequently carry my 48 (case and all) in my pocket.
RPN? That's great, but my 48 has that already. (Well, RPL, which is almost as good as having genuine RPN.)
Functions? My 48 (with MetKernel + Erable + Alg48) has many functions I've never (yet) explored, and probably always will. I don't need any more.
So while the 49G+ may be perfect for you, it falls far short of being right for me.