|Re: what's the beef with the 17bii+?|
Message #8 Posted by Bruce Bergman on 18 Mar 2007, 4:38 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Les Wright
Hi Les --
To be honest, I think it lacks a following, simply because people don't know much about it. I've been collecting my favorite HP calcs since 1977 and really never thought twice about it until recently when I needed a good, solid financial calc. I wanted something new (I've got a ton of old calcs) and I liked the form factor better than that of the 12c, of which I have two. I decided to just "go for it" and see what I thought.
I really like the feel and style of this calculator. Much more than I expected. And I had almost given the solver the thumbs up until Don Shepard and I started some offline conversations about what it could do, and then I found it was VERY capable. Yeah, it's got some differences from the solvers in the 17b and the 19b, but it still surpassed what I thought it could do. I really feel bad because I had severly underestimated this calc.
It is now, believe or not, one of my favorite calculators. I don't think it will ever be my MOST favorite, or have the power and flexibility of the 42s or 50g, but it is definitely in my pocked and used almost daily. That's quite a statement for a calculator that I thought wasn't worth the time of day.
I think if people gave it more of a chance, they'd be pleasantly surprised.