|Re: "New" "HP" Calculator|
Message #10 Posted by Gene Wright on 30 Dec 2005, 1:15 p.m.,
in response to message #9 by Jan
Jan wrote: "You are right Gene: HP never had a calculator under $15 in the good old days. But low end HP models were not that expensive in those days either (HP 21/31/10c for instance)."
Gene: Until adjusted for inflation. The HP21 was $125 back in 1975. Today, that's well over $300. The HP10c was $75 or so back in 1983. Today, that's still over $150 at least.
"I have nothing against the fact that HP offers the 8s. The fact is that I am just afraid that HP will move more and more to mass-consumption electronics and that it will abandon its old more traditional trade: high quality electronics for professionals."
Gene: A lot of that business went with Agilent.
"I do not exclude the possibility that the 8s will in fact be the first product in a line of mediocre machinery sold (not even produced) by HP, whereas the high-end trade will be left to other manufacturers. That would just be a pitty."
Gene: Well, the 30S, 9S, and 9G were all OEM products, just as the HP8S seems to be. I don't make any conclusions at all about the low-end products. HP still has quite a hand in their products that aren't low-end. I just wouldn't get too up in arms about a $15 calculator.