|Re: 12c vs 17bii+ comparison?|
Message #11 Posted by Valentin Albillo on 15 Feb 2007, 6:43 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Bruce Bergman
If you're intending to do more serious financial computations than what the HP-12C's extremely rudimentary programming capabilities, awfully scarce RAM, no alphanumerics, and absolute lack of I/O have to offer, while still using a very small, slim, quality handheld, perhaps you might want to search for a vintage Sharp PC-1421 Business/Financial Computer (sold in the US as model SHARP EL-5510).
This beautiful, metallic, very slim and light machine is fully alphanumeric, has a complete qwerty keyboard, all financial and statistics functions, a fast 768 Khz 8-bit processor, 4 Kb RAM on board, full serial and parallel I/O for connection to a PC or
peripherals such as a printer and external mass storage, and further it's programmable in an enhanced version of BASIC, including two-dimensional numeric & string arrays, long variable names, input/output commands, all standard mathematical functions (yes, trigonometrics too !!) and of course all financial functions are fully integrated as BASIC commands and can be included in complex BASIC programs ! All this in a beautiful, solid, very small machine.
If you want to see what it looks like, visit these links:
I do own a mint one and it's awesome as well as beautiful. I used to store all programs and data in a micro-cassette and it worked like a charm. The pictures don't really do it justice, it's much smaller than it seems and much prettier in real life, in the hand.
Best regards from V.