|Re: HP35s in the Press (Spectrum Magazine Oct 2007)|
Message #5 Posted by Norris on 12 Oct 2007, 11:38 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Chris McCormack
The Spectrum review asks "Who needs all these features?...Perhaps very advanced users might benefit from these functions, but I suspect that they would have abandoned the calculator for a computer long before they reached that point."
Well, here's the answer: The tens of thousands of engineers and surveyors who take professional licensing exams annually, who must solve a broad array of quantitative problems, and who are barred from using a computer. This is not the largest niche in the calculator business, but it's a real niche nonetheless. I would bet that the reviewer is not a licensed engineer.
The design features of the 35S criticised in the review, including the rich feature set, the ALG vs. RPN option, and the lack of I/O, actually make sense if the target market is NCEES examinees.
In fairness, the 35S has not yet been approved for NCEES exams, but I predict that this will happen when NCEES conducts its annual review of exam calculators in November. I further predict that the 35S page at amazon.com will suddenly fill up with links to FE and PE exam review manuals -- just as the page for the NCEES-approved 33S already has.
Edited: 12 Oct 2007, 11:43 a.m.