Message #12 Posted by Eric Smith on 26 July 2007, 8:26 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Vincze
have a little more weight
More weight would just be more expense, and wouldn't necessarily make it any "better". Some people like their calculators to be light. The important thing is whether it is rugged. The 35s seems OK in that regard; I'm not sure how it will compare in drop tests to a 1980s-vintage 41C, 12C, or the like.
would be made in the USA
Expecting it to be made in USA is absurd. Very little consumer electronics is made in USA now. Making it in the USA would make it more expensive but not necessarily better in any measurable way. Where it is made doesn't matter to me in the least; I only care about the build quality. The 35s build quality seems to be fine, at least for the two I've purchased.
and where is the S/n on it
A sticker on the back. Does yours not have one?
It's not obvious to me why you would care whether it has a S/N
label. The S/N is generally only useful to the manufacturer for tracking units for warranty and repair purposes, and calculators haven't actually been repaired for almost two decades now.
If you want something that uniquely identifies your 35s in case it is misplaced or stolen, engrave your name and contact information on the back. That's far more useful to you than the serial number.
I hate to say this, but it feels cheap.
I disagree. It feels fine. Better than I expected, actually. If Corvallis Division had introduced this in the 1990s, I wouldn't have thought there was anything seriously wrong with it. That's not to say that I have no criticism of it, but I didn't think Corvallis Division products were perfect either. There's always some room for improvement.
The 35s does have a different feel than the Pioneer series, but then the Pioneers had a different feel from the Voyagers, which had a different feel from the Spice series.