|Re: the top programmable calculators|
Message #39 Posted by Ed Look on 22 July 2009, 11:10 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by juan demin
I am partial to the 34C. I have used it, the 20S, 32SII, 48G, 48G+, 49g+, 33s, 35s, and 50g.
I agree that the 48G series and 49g series machines are incredibly powerful and have been very useful to me many times, but I tend to like the smaller not so incredibly powerful but still very powerful scientific RPN programmables. This is because they are more easily carried, held, used, and stored, and yet still have a lot of calculating power.
At the time, the HP-34C offered just about the maximum handheld programming space, storage space, and some very powerful keyboard or keystroke accessible functions, like SOLVE and integration! Programming it, including debugging, after frequent use familiarized me with the keyboard, was very easy, especially after writing several programs.
For me, it did not begin to physically fail until about two decades later after I bought and used the stuffing out of it. And my only complaint was that the aesthetically beautiful LED display drained the Ni-Cd batteries all too quickly, but that was a symptom of the technology of the time. Also, a complaint still today, is that your "normal" small form factor scientific programmable has no I/O; I don't think anything fancy is required, only the usual USB connector would be more than super.