|Re: Thanks, Possible Aurora FN-1000 Bug|
Message #5 Posted by rsenzer on 12 Jan 2004, 9:10 p.m.,
in response to message #4 by Larry Corrado, USA (WI)
I want to thank everybody for the responses. I'm glad to hear the calc works the way it's supposed to work. I picked the FN-1000 up at Fry's in West Phoenix at I-17 & Thunderbird.
I am generally rather impressed with the unit. The keys have no tactile feedback, but they are good keys otherwise. It did become quite apparent to me why tactile feedback is a more significant feature for single line RPN calculators than for EOS algebraic calculators. On RPN, you tend to press the same key in repeat sequences with the tactile feedback indicating the number of key presses. Probably the most common example is 3 Enters. Repeated sequences are difficult to keep track of on the Aurora especially if you're not watching the display to see if the key registered. Once again, note that the keys work, just the termination of key travel is the only physical indication that contact has been made.
[On AOS algebraic calculators, tactile feedback is important for repeated parenthesis presses, but when I use EOS, I find that I am more likely to be watching the display and if entry is incorrect the calculator will alert me after the fact.]
The Autrora's display is very good with large bold numbers, similar in size to the HP-20S, larger than numbers on the HP-15C, which I presume are the same size as on the 12C. And of course, the Enter key is in the wrong place.
[Anyway, glad I said POSSIBLE bug. :) ]
Even if it is largely a clone of the HP, the differences in implementation vs. HP models make it fun to use. And you can't beat the price with a postfix.