|Re: What do you like most about the HP-15C?|
Message #18 Posted by Les Bell on 5 Sept 2011, 2:09 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Gerardo Rincon
I think many (most) of the people here are "hackers" - in the traditional sense, of people who enjoy exploring programmable machinery to make it do the most that it can. That involves learning, exploring, researching - not just the device, but in this case, the mathematical principles on which it is bounded.
From that perspective, the 15C offers probably the most hack-power per cm3 of all the HP line. It's small enough to be slipped in a shirt pocket and used for daily back-of-an-envelope work, but it also has enough memory and a rich enough feature set to be used to solve very complex problems, if it's the only tool to hand.
Yes, the 41C and later are easier to program, with their alpha displays - but then, a computer is easier still. And probably not as satisfying, as a result.
- Small size
- Rich feature set: matrices, complex, SOLVE, numerical integration, etc.
- Excellent documentation
- Attention paid to accuracy of algorithms
- Darn good looking!