|Re: 33s THANKS HP!!!!!!!!!|
Message #2 Posted by Ben Salinas on 1 Mar 2004, 10:57 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Bill
I have to agree with you on just about every item. I used it today during my calculus test (I had my 32sii by my side, just in case I couldn't deal with it, but I didn't even have to take it out of its case)
Here's my list
1) The extra memory: Although I will never use all 32kb, I will never use all 32kb (yes, I meant to repeat that). I don't have to worry about having 5 equations in my calculator (although I now have the habit of deleting any equations I might have stored)
2) The extra speed: especially evident in the equation solver, integration, and large math (powers, logs, etc). By my calculations, it is 2.42 times faster (in programming mode)
3) The keyboard (the tactile feel): The keyboard is better than my 32sii.
4) The 2 line LCD screen: Someone once mentioned that RPN with both the X and Y is much nicer; they are correct
5)RPN (this one probably should be 1st)- need I say more?
6) The similarity of the buttons to the 32sii (especially that of the variables) All of the lower letters are in the same place, which is very helpful when typing equations in terms of x (I also find myself using RCL 2 (for x) on my 49g+)
What I don't like:
1) The loose case: It is very loose, and doesn't quite fit. I think they should have made it tight enough to where it only fits in 1 way (like the 32).
2) The decimal: I can see where the decimals are, but they look just like the commas. I think part of the problem is the reflection produced by the top of the screen.
3) The remapping of the keyboard: This isn't much of an issue for most and won't be an issue for long, but it is right now. I can and do use my 32sii blind (not looking at the keyboard at all): not just for doing 4 function math, but for using any function, including using menus and typing in equation, so I am not used to many of the buttons being in different places.
Differnces that I am indifferent to:
1) The location of the enter key: This is an issue right now, just as it was when I first used the 49g+, but I am already getting used to it. I know if I am using the 32sii, the 49g+ or the 33s, so I accomidate accordingly. Today I mistyped a few calculations by pressing the plus key instead of the enter key, but I was about 75% acurate (the location of the 33s's plus key is that of the 49g+'s enter key). I will get used to it soon enough. It hardly slows down calculations.
Overall it is a very good calculator, and seems to be high quality. You will tend to hear all the bad features more than the good features, but compared to what is currently available (the TI-32xIIs or something of the sort), it has no competition whatsoever. It definitely competes with the 32sii, and in some cases (perhaps most) wins. A good, modern HP calculator.
As far as the appearance, it looks much better in real life than in pictures. The brushed aluminum does make it look elegant, although one person has already commented that it looks like the chevron logo; perhaps HP and chevron have a deal. I guess I am glad HP didn't make a deal with, say, Coca-Cola (imagine a calculator with buttons in the shape of their logo!)