|Re: HP 12C Promo Question|
Message #2 Posted by blurdybloop on 21 Oct 2005, 2:10 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Mary
One of the secrets of the HP-12c's success, in my opinion, is its cosmetics. It has a "professional" look to it that none of the other current production HP models, including the HP-12c Platinum, have.
Let's face it, the current line of scientific calculators look disposable, as do the 10bII and 17bII+. The 12c Platinum isn't as bad, but it looks like an Asian clone instead of "the real thing"....oh wait, that's what it is...
The 12c may be slow and feature-impaired by modern standards; but for the community that it serves, it is fast enough (when what is wanted is the result of a single calculation, there isn't much difference between 1 second and 1.5 seconds...) and has the needed features. Where it falters, of course, is for complex and repetitive calculations; but most of the users don't do either.
Interestingly, for a simple mortgage payment calculation, the HP-12c is slower than the HP-70!
I would like to echo the request for a 25th anniversary model that can have its microcode changed to become a 15c or 16c.