|Re: NEW calculators quality.|
Message #2 Posted by Ron Ross on 15 Nov 2004, 2:48 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Will
Today's Hp's are not of the same construction of the past. That said however, they are good calculator's, just not what we are accustomed to. But neither are they anywhere near the cost of the older calculators either (even factoring in inflation!!).
The Hp33s is a direct upgrade of the Hp32sii and only really offers extra memory, a two line display and an algebraic mode.
The Hp49G+ is a big step up in performance and features over its predecessor the Hp48g series. It is faster, faster, faster and has lots more usable memory than the Hp48G. And did I mention, it is faster?
However, the 49G+ doesn't have as nice of keyboard entry as the Hp48G (I still use a 48G at work). However as a school calculator where I check my input, the 49G+ does return answers a lot faster. I wouldn't consider it for repetitive number crunching as it Does miss keystrokes every so often (not often, but just enough that I will never trust it). And I believe it to be a latent hardware issue (in other words, I don't think it will be solved by any real software patch). I also believe that if you never owned another Hp to compare against, you might develop a keyboarding techniqe to overcome this flaw.
Old Hp's worked that if you felt the keyclick you had registered a key entry. Hp's new design is such that you must bottom out the key past the familiar keyclick we are used to. Therefore, keyclick does not mean key entry. That is my point.
Depending upon the class which I would choose. The Hp49G+ does offer some really great features and I don't regret having it. But at work, I use the 48G (I have a PC with a math package that I don't use all that much either).
For school I use my 49G+ for the homework, but I could certainly use less.
If you aren't taking an engineering or scientific course, I would also suggest an older Hp17Bii or Hp19Bii. The 17Bii is very portable and has a great solver. The Hp19Bii has everything the 17Bii has plus trig and units conversions.