Message #1 Posted by Don Shepherd on 26 June 2010, 8:58 a.m.
OK, we have discussed this topic to death, I know, but maybe if we keep hammering away at it something good might happen. I'm talking about including a comprehensive printed Owner's Manual with each new calculator. Not a file on a CD or DVD, but the real printed copy.
I've recently been playing around with my HP-20S, which came with an absolutely excellent Owner's Manual. It's got plenty of diagrams, a typeface you can actually read, example programs based upon real-world applications, all the technical information pertaining to its functions and operations, complete listing of error messages, a great index; in short, everything an owner would need to get the most out of his/her investment. And it's only 128 pages.
HP should include this type of Owner's Manual with every calculator they sell, and it should be in the package. If it means increasing the cost of the product by $5, fine, do it.
The 30b has a manual, Tim posted a link to it. But how likely is it that a non-member of this forum will ever see it (on the other hand, how likely is it that a non-member of this forum will ever buy a 30b)?
HP, are you listening? Printed User Manuals are not outdated anachronism's, they are essential ingredients of the calculator package.
Do the right thing.
Edited: 26 June 2010, 9:13 a.m.