|30b, Reviews, HHC2010|
Message #1 Posted by Tim Wessman on 26 Aug 2010, 12:42 p.m.
I wanted to post this in a separate thread as it is a bit assorted and doesn't fit perfectly with the ongoing discussion. There are several things I want to bring up to the group in whole.
First, if you are not aware, I work for the HP calculator group as one of the R&D engineers. Everything I say here is my own opinion and is not official policy or thinking.
I am glad to see a bit of general excitement about the 30b. I think it is a great unit, (granted with some shortcomings as some point out) but a very nice machine overall. I definitely think it beats the BAII+ professional hands down. :-D
One of the most frustrating things to see for me personally is how there are some many ridiculous reviews out there on the internet, and a shortage of knowledgeable ones. For example, I remember reading one on the HP website that basically gives the 39gs a 1 of 5 rating because the user couldn't install notes easily using the connectivity kit (for cheating during exams I'd presume).
Granted, there are issues with the 39gs series in terms of connectivity ease of use, but the fact that there is almost no useful information there, and no other informed reviews leaves a potential buyer with little information and the idea that it is a horrible machine. Personally, I think it is better than the 83/84 series, much better in many ways, and a bit lacking in others, but overall a superior choice if it isn't for a specific class that require it. A general consumer would have no way to know anything though to make an informed decision. . . :-(
Other times, there is just silly or strange things. For example, there are plenty of people who make reviews of the 12c and say things like "I've had mine for 25 years now and it still works. A+++!!!! Highly recommended!" and so on. Unfortunately, they often do this on a 12cp model. . .
People often wonder how they can help the calculator group. Writing useful, informative reviews on internet sites (amazon, hp.com, and the like) is a simple way to do so. Simply put, the more calculators that are sold, the more likely the calculator group will grow and develop things that continue to excite us calculator nuts.
Please note, I am *NOT* in ***ANY WAY*** suggesting that people go out and write padded, glowing reviews; nor am I trying to imply that by doing so you will receive any personal benefit or compensation.
Feel free to criticize or complain as needed in reviews. A larger number of knowledgeable, informed, and easy to find reviews is always an aid to consumers. What doesn't help is reviews with bad information, no information, or just nothing relevant. Unfortunately, those tend to be all there are for many machines. :-(
Rather, if you have an informed, knowledgeable review or comment, don't hesitate to share it in places *besides* the hpmuseum forum. General customers don't tend to hang around here, and so they don't see the amazing discussion that happens.
Wrapping up, I'd like to extend a personal invitation to everyone out there to come to HHC2010. It is hosted in Fort Collins, Colorado (United States) again this year. HP is taking a big part in the conference and there will be many very exciting things.
Have you wanted to ask us why the calculator group does X or Y and not Z? What was the thinking behind N? What are the plans for Q? This is the chance to do so.
You also get to put faces to names, talk about lots of fun stuff we all love, and just have a great experience. I don't think I've ever heard anyone express regrets after going to an HHC conference.
Please also invite other people you know that enjoy math, calculators, or things like that. You never know who might want to go.
Edited: 26 Aug 2010, 12:56 p.m.