|Re: What's the most reliable, best built HP Calc in the last 25 years?|
Message #14 Posted by Valentin Albillo on 1 Nov 2003, 11:42 p.m.,
in response to message #13 by John W
"So, it sounds like a majority of the people who responded think that the 10c-16c series of calculators is the safest bet for having a reliable calculator well into the
Definitely. But they *must* be USA-made models, for maximum reliability and better durability. Ones made in other countries (such as Brazil) aren't as sturdy or well-built, many of them having the key letterings painted over molded keys of other models, and thus prone to erasure given enough time and use, let alone China-made HP-12C's which are abysmal quality, specially the keyboard.
"More reliable than the 32s, 32sii or 42s calculators?"
Certainly. Specially the 42S's display, which being a dot-matrix type has a lot more elements (pixels) than the simpler, segmented LCD display of Voyager series, so it's more prone to eventual failures in the future.
"How about the 41 series?
Wonderful as they are from a functional point of view, they don't come even close in sturdiness and long-term reliability when compared to Voyagers.
Just to further emphasize my point, I've got some 12 or 14 Voyagers when I last counted, and you'd be well advised to get some as well, high prices notwithstanding. Else, you'll have to kiss RPN goodbye far earlier than me. You've been warned ... :-)
Best regards from V.