|Re: The R/S key in 35S|
Message #3 Posted by vq on 24 Nov 2007, 4:30 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by kc
Yes, the position of R/S is totally wrong, one of the most critical problems in the 35S keyboard layout - the other being the shifted STO key (unbelievable mistake in layout design, indeed). Ironically, remembering all the earlier critics of HP33S keyboard layout, it should be noted that 33S did not suffer these design errors. It had unusual shape, but layout more suitable for everyday use, i.e. DOING CALCULATIONS.
After several months of everyday work with 35S in bridge design practice, the original enthusiasm is gone. With no or limited need for larger programs (with the very limited options of commenting input/output as it is in hp35s), the better usability of RAM is not that important for me. On the contrary, having to press 'XEQ A ENTER' instead of the natural 'XEQ A' to calculate a bar area is quite annoying and still disturbs me a lot.
Well, 35S LOOKS nice, that's absolutely true. But many concepts introduced are far from being positive. The large ENTER key simply is not the only important thing. What a pitty.