|Praise for the 34S|
Message #1 Posted by Egan Ford on 26 Sept 2011, 12:19 p.m.
I've been a 34S user for about 24 hours. I've had lukewarm interest in the 34S from that start because it didn't fulfill any of my needs. I often asked myself, "why?" Anyway, I took my freebie skinless 30b beta unit to the conference and had it flashed so that I could see what all the excitement was about. Then I ignored it.
Saturday night I completed my 15C "Legacy Edition" solution for the RPN programming contest. It was slow--too slow. Any RPN was permitted, but only speed was considered. I had no choice. I had to use the 34S.
Sunday morning I sat down with my blank-faced 34S, and using the excellent docs on my iPad I started to port over my 15C program. CEIL was there! Woo hoo! I think what impressed me the most was that even without Eric's designer labels I was able to quickly enter the program because much of the layout was conventional or perhaps commonsense. I found myself looking at the iPad rendered PDF less and less.
Later I scored a proper 34S at the conference (GA level 30b with Eric's handiwork performed by Eric himself!) and spent the evening reading the manual. This machine is awesome and I will be building at least two backups.
After 27 years of using my 15C I think I can safely retire it. I thought I could retire my 15C with the 42S, but I always preferred overloaded keys and stuck with the 15C (although Free42 is my default iPhone 4-banger).
I cannot stress enough how awesome the 34S is. Get two while you can. And, if you are lazy like me, you can order them pre-built and skinned from Eric (http://www.hpcalc.org).
Thanks team 34S!
Edited: 26 Sept 2011, 12:23 p.m.