|HP 10bII+ vs. 10bII first impressions|
Message #1 Posted by Kevin Colville (S. Africa) on 28 Oct 2011, 11:35 a.m.
My new HP 10bII+ arrived yesterday and, of course, I had to pull out my three year old 10bII for comparison.
The 10bII+ keyboard: not as good as the 10bII. The new machine has noisier keys with a more hollow click sound. This suggests the keys are sitting loosely in the case and, sure enough, shaking the 10bII+ produces a definite rattle. In contrast the 10bII has a solid firm click and no rattle. Just made a short video to demonstrate the differences: video clip.
There is also noticeable bending of the 10bII+ top case when pressing down on the top three rows of keys.
Display is clear with a greenish tint, but I prefer the yellowish 10bII with its better contrast.
Speed: the 10bII+ is much faster. Tried the usual 253! factorial calculation which responded instantaneously. No "running" message for the 10bII+!
Current state is now fully preserved at power off: even in the midst of entering a number.
The new colours of the key legends are a mixed bag: the orange is slightly darker and slightly reddish while the blue (more cyan) is easier to read than the dark blue of the 10bII, but I prefer the orange of the older model.
Lots of new functions! I am really happy to see trigs and hyperbolics and especially the normal and t distributions. A real pity HP couldn't include F and chi-squared then I would have a replacement in case my 21s dies.
Overall, the keyboard of the older model is much superior (in fact it's the best keyboard HP have made in the last decade) but the 10bII+ gives us faster electronics and more functions. Sigh, HP: always two steps forward, one step back...
PS. Long time lurker on these forums and mild HP collector (er, fanatic?). Thought it was about time I contributed something ;)