|Re: HP 35s keyboard reliability|
Message #9 Posted by brian healy on 27 Aug 2010, 3:47 p.m.,
in response to message #8 by Thomas Radtke
Actually, I'm on my second HP32sii in 17 years. I dropped my first one repeatedly from drafting tables, I had a stack of books fall on it once, and one time an aluminum stick file speared it. Finally, some of the keys became loose. I ripped the thing apart to see if I could fix the keys, but saw that I couldn't. That calculator still works, and if I carefully press the loose keys they still register. The same cannot be said for my replacement 35s.
I decided to stop using it because of the loose keys, and bought an almost unused 32sii on ebay. I did try the 33s, and of course had the issues with the wierd (imho) colors and layout (little enter key), and also the invisible decimal point when you typed 2.2. I also had to replace it once because after a couple months of using it a key became loose and it wouldn't work.
Then when the 35s came out I thought, "at last they finally got it right again". And then I noticed that various keys would sometimes not register. This also happenend on the replacement, and HP said, "too bad", but at least they were polite about it. And now it seems that several years after introducing the 35s, the problems remain. At least with the 33s they addressed the invisible decimal point. In my opinion HP is just a purveyor of cheaply disposable electronics. I understand they do not have a large staff working on calculators, but they should at least be able to do a reliable keyboard! Come on HP, pull it together!
I treat my current 32sii like it was gold, and it almost looks like it was brand new (except where I engraved my initials into the aluminum around the display. It is truly a tool for an engineer.