|HP 15C LE - a personal review|
Message #1 Posted by Alexander Oestert on 29 Sept 2011, 8:52 a.m.
I just want to share what my personal feelings and experiences are from one day of playing with the 15C LE. Others may see that differently, it's just my point of view.
+ The leather skin box is really looking and feeling great.
- The plastic bed in which the calculator sits is a pain. I needed three hands to get it out. Because I like the box I would like to place the calculator in it after every use, but that is near impossible without damaging the plastic inlay or the calc. So the way to go would be to get rid of the plastic thingy - which would render the window in the box useless, since you can't view the calculator through it anymore or only on the bottom of the box. Grrr!
+ The build quality of the calculator is superb. The keys feel absolutely great, way better than on my old original 15C. The f and g key are the exact same color as the original! One of the two machines I bought will therefor be my daily-used calculator. I love it!
- The protective sleeve is not what I want to put a "Limited Edition" in. I'm going to use a replacement. That could have been avoided by putting a real leather pouch in the package. And I would have gladly paid more for it.
+ The manual is nicely printed and although it has some flaws it is a nice companion to the 15C.
- Had the manual been spiral bound it would be 100% perfect. The original cover layout would have been nice, too.
- Had the Advanced Functions Handbook been included in a printed version I would have easily payed 20 bucks more. I find it to be a shame that it is not included. I remember reading from Tim that it was not up to some quality expectations and therefor not printed. That was a bad decision. A down-loadable flawless pdf copy does not make up for a printed manual even if it has some problems. Please, HP. make a printed version available!
- The PSE bug is bad. Imagining I were not a forum member sitting in front of my newly purchased 15C and couldn't get many of the manual's examples to work I would be deeply annoyed and thinking about returning the thing. This bug should be addressed as quick as possible. I'm sure HP will do that but in the meantime they should ask vendors to distribute an email to their customers explaining what the problem is and how HP aims to fix it. I assume most of 15C LE buyers up to now have bought their machine(s) via Internet and have left an email address. It should be easy to ask sellers for assistance.
- HP could use the same contact path to send a manual addendum out concerning the self test mess up.
- I don't fancy the silver plate on the back, I had liked it to be dark. But that's a minor point.
Overall I'm very happy with the 15C LE. But had it been announced only in 2012 but without any bugs and with both printed manuals and a leather pouch I would be even happier!