|HP 12c+ and HP 50g - initial impressions|
Message #1 Posted by Jose Gonzalez Divasson on 11 Nov 2010, 4:59 p.m.
After a long relation with HP products (from a HP 33c in 1979 to 12c, 15c, 17bII, 19 bII, 41cv&x, 42S, 48G&GX, 71b, 85A + diverse printers, plotters, peripherals, oscilloscopes and multimeters), I was quite scared by the posts here about current HP quality and design.
I received last week a brand new HP12+ and an HP 50g from Eric (the only way to make sure it is the ARM-based model)
The HP12c+ quality:
-looks as good as the originals (I have an early USA 12c and a more recent Malaysian one),
-keyboard feels much better (time may be a factor - all my 4 voyagers have worse "click" than the new one). I would go as far as to say it betters my 41's and 48's in keying pleasure. Let's see how the painted keys age.
-Speed in a different world - IRRs and AMORTs are immediate!
-The yellowish tone of the screen is just different - not necessarily worse.
The HP 50G:
-Much better screen than 48GX - in all ways.
-Keyboard...lagging behind. Not bad, but if you're used to old models... In the next redesign, please use the slanted keys and mechanism of the 12c+: you still know to do it! (and put the double sized ENTER where it belongs)
-The exact mode for normal calculations is fun to use - and object manipulation much better than on the 48's. In general, I feel the 50G is a much better tool for most things. I have done in a week things that took me ages (or ever!) with the 48GX.
I have left my 48GX on my house desk. After using the 50g for 5 working days, when I took the 48g I felt it clunky as a brick (I apologize for the blasphemy) and slow as a snail. I guess that I will either use the 50g or the 41cx with nothing in between (for desk use: I always take either the 15c or 42s in my jacket pocket.
So, as a conclusion: kudos to the calculator team. HP still rules!