|HP 33S - IT'S HERE !!|
Message #1 Posted by Wayne Stephens on 26 Feb 2004, 7:59 a.m.
My HP 33s has arrived. I like it. I'm NOT going to put my 42s or my 32sii up for sale, but I like it.
I still haven't delved very deeply into it, but I offer the following initial observations/opinions:
1) It's not as ugly as I expected it to be. The gray rubber and brushed metal would be very attractive if I wasn't already so accustomed to the utilitarian look of the classic HPs).
2) I haven't decided if I like the vinyl case which came with it or not. I'm leaning towrds not.
3) It weighs almost exactly the same as my 32sii (i.e. it feels "substantial" in your hand).
4) The slanted keyboard does not bother me. In fact, and this may sound weird, but... I often use my calculators lying flat on a table (the calculator, not me) and use two or more fingers (one or more from each hand) to work the keys (this works especially well once I have mastered the keyboard layout). The "chevron" shape of the keyboard actually seems to function like one of those ergonomic keyboards (bent in the middle and wing shaped) which let you keep your elbows and wrists in a more natural, angled, position while typing. I don't believe HP intentionally designed it this way for this reason, but it works for me.
5) The decimal point IS too small and is hard to see. However, I noticed that it seems to be easier to differentiate it from the surrounding numbers if I adjust the conbtrast so the display is very light. When the contrast is set very dark, the decimal and numerals seem to "bleed together more.
This weekend I will start programming it. I intend to enter a vertical curve (road design) program which I wrote for the 32sii. I'm hoping it will be easy to take advantage of the two line display and show the Station and Elevation together, instead of having the use x<>y to view them. I'll post again to let you know how it works out.