|Re: why should I want a 48 series? (having already bought a 49g)|
Message #2 Posted by Ron Ross on 2 Mar 2006, 12:36 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Chris
The 48G has a lot less memory and No real CAS in comparision. But it has real Hp quality buttons and is actually just as fast (or even somewhat faster, I am talking about the 48G w/32K RAM only). It also has a built in equation Library, which I have on several occasions made good use of.
If I had to choose between a 49G and a 48G for a calculator to use for general use, I would, without hesitation, grab the Hp48G.
Which do I have in a desk drawer at work? Well, I have a 49G, because I have quite a few special programs and these programs would overfill/overload the RAM on a 48G. And I have another Hp to actually crunch numbers on. The Rubber keyboard on the Hp49G just doesn't compare to a real Hp keyboard.
Now if you really meant that you have the NEW Hp49G+, you probably would not appreciate an Hp48G nearly as much (unless you have a 49G+ that has a bad keyboard/ older ROM). The Hp48G is Slooooow in comparision, and Hp has re-included the eq library in the 49G+.
My quick comments:
48G well built, nice layout, somewhat slow
49G Still well built but offered with Rubber??? keyboard, still slow
49G+ Not so well built, FAST!, returned to plastic keyboard, but went cheap on the keyboard construction (the heart and soul of every calculator). But it is also less than one half the cost of the original Hp48 series, so you get what you pay for.
I'd say snag the 48G if you want a quality calculator. $50 at Walmart will buy you a new Hp33s. Which is the better buy?
Of course if you are an engineering student, you should buy an Hp33s to use for a future EIT or PE exam.