|Re: HP 20B calculator quality|
Message #5 Posted by Bruce Bergman on 6 Aug 2008, 12:29 p.m.,
in response to message #4 by Jeff
The "EURO" was the code name for the HP-20b prior to release as the "Business Consultant".
I would say that the build QUALITY (emphasis on the word quality) is good to great. It is well built, nothing shakes or creeks, no screws are running around loose, etc.
I would say that the CHOICES that HP made aren't great. I'm sure they were motivated by price. I can actually live with the display, although it's not my favorite (shades of the same semi-visible decimal point with the 33s). I find the keyboard icky and mushy, but it hasn't messed up for me yet. The case is weird, but again, those are choices, not quality issues.
I agree with the general sentiment that the calc isn't as much of an HP classic as others, but it's not bad for $40. I -- personally -- would much rather hold and use a 35s or 17bii+ (both of which I think very highly of), but for cheapness, the 20b is pretty good. AND, it may be possible to make it into that calculator that we have all been wanting -- a cheap RPN scientific or custom build.
Unlike one of the other posters, it hasn't replaced the 35s or the 17bii+ as my "favorite to hold and use", but it's getting close. I do agree that it's easy to just toss it in the truck, or briefcase or whatever, because you really don't care if you keep it in good shape or not. ;-)