|Re: New HP products on the horizon?|
Message #7 Posted by DaveJ on 20 Apr 2009, 5:50 p.m.,
in response to message #6 by Michael de Estrada
Reading the flow of this discussion, I find it interesting that no thought has been given to the re-introduction of the HP 11c as opposed to the HP 15c. As has been pointed out, when the HP 15c was introduced, it had new capabilities such as complex numbers and matrices that were not previously available. Once the HP 42s and particularly the HP 48SX were introduced, the HP 15c was relegated to second class status in this regard. Once I bought my HP 48SX, I ported all my HP 15c programs to it, but continued to use the HP 15c for most of my work, which involved relatively simple direct calculations. What really made the HP 15c and all Voyagers enduringly popular was their unique ergonomics, excellent quality and durability. Even today, the Voyagers are used as simple fixed function calculators along side their more powerful but complicated to use modern counterparts. The HP 11c has all the capabilities that most people would want in such a device, just as a HP-32Sii is more useful for simple manual tasks than a HP 42s.
That's true I guess, but given that both are programmable calcs, you might as well implement the one with more advanced capabilities such a complex number support and matrices.
It would be better from a marketing point of view as well, and the known demand would be higher.
I would personally prefer a non-programmable version with more primary keys, but given that the 11C has the same primary key layout as the 15C, there is no keystroke usability advantage to "simpler" 11C, so you might as well have the 15C.