|Re: SmartCalc 300s manual|
Message #5 Posted by hpnut on 24 June 2009, 4:19 a.m.,
in response to message #3 by Tim Wessman
Actually, it is a 3rd party unit repackaged into both CASIO and HP. HP's actually has more accuracy and is slightly faster though. . .
Tim et al,
I feel disappointed (and cheated) that HP saw it fit to use a 3rd party calculator and stick the HP badge on it. The Casio fx-115ES has more calculation modes. For example, these are missing from the HP:
1. Complex numbers
If you examine the HP SmartCalc 300s display carefully, you can find these annunciators CMPLX, MAT, VCT, these are dimmed and presumably disabled. Why did HP disable these functions in a scientific calculator?
I have been an HP calculator user since 1979 with the HP 41CX, and I am always excited by new calculators from HP. Are the days of HP innovations and quality over? They appear happy to repackage someone else's calculators, not even improving them and certainly in the case of the SmartCalc, even crippling them. I bought the SmartCalc because I thought that it had the potential to be an innovative calculator such as the HP 20b Business Consultant (its J-tag connector may open up new possibilities). Even the SmartCalc's chassis is similar to the HP 20b, which is by no means an ideal calculator (mushy keyboard comes to mind). I plan to write s strongly worded protest email to HP.
I hope other MOHPC members who bought this calculator also speak up of their experience, good or otherwise.
hpnut in Malaysia
Edited: 24 June 2009, 6:22 a.m.