|HP SmartCalc 300s - How deep...?|
Message #1 Posted by Joerg Woerner on 21 Jan 2009, 9:14 a.m.
Yesterday I received the wonderful HP2009 calendar (A great THANKS to Jake et.al.) and learned about three "exciting" new calculators.
One of them caught my eyes immediately, the nice looking SmartCalc 300s. WHY?
More than one year ago Texas Instruments introduced the TI-30XS MultiView to catch up with the Casio "Natural Textbook Display" calculators, e.g. fx-300ES. End of 2007 Sharp followed with "WriteView Display" calculators, e.g. EL-W535.
I purchased these three calculators and compiled a Roadtest to compare them in every detail.
TI-30XS MulltView Roadtest
It was in Summer 2008 when I was browsing for the Back-To-School 2008 campaigns the different stores and located in the local Office Depot a new "MathIO" calculator, the rather unknown Ativa AT-30SX. I bought it, tested it, disassembled it - and learned that it actually is a rebadged Citizen SRP-270X.
Comparing the keyboard and specifications of the SmartCalc 300s this morning with the Ativa AT-30SX reveals a 100% match! Expect an OEM product manufactured most likely by Kinpo.
HP - where is the innovation? A rebadged Citizen / Ativa calculator is not what we expected in 2009!
At least Mike Sebastian's calculator forensics went well with the Ativa / Citizen:
TI-30XS MultiView: 9.000001077372
Sharp EL-W531: 9.000000098906
Casio fx-300ES: 9.00000000733338
Citizen SR-270X: 9.000000001246692
Edited: 21 Jan 2009, 9:14 a.m.