|Re: My two latest HP calculators|
Message #20 Posted by Ed Look on 9 Nov 2011, 11:13 a.m.,
in response to message #12 by Michael de Estrada
Michael, I was one of the loudmouths that mocked the 33s when it debuted, and only because of its unusually arranged keyboard. However, I surprised myself by quickly getting used to looking at it, never mind using it, and also found it a joy to use, and in fact, it's still my main "go-to" calculator when I just want to do quick calculations or short, easy programs and don't need something with a Core-i7 chip, like the 50g (just kidding about the chip).
I truly enjoy using the 33S, now the original with the infinitesimal decimal point that was really hard on my eyes (missed it, actually, once or twice) was pretty good, too, except for that tiny LCD element. But the one with the larger dot, well, that one's great. In addition to the facility of use and familiarity of keys and functions due to similarity to older models (that I love), it's got a fair amount of power, for a physically lightweight and small footprint handheld device. And I agree that it feels good in my hand because of the rounded "soft-feel" polymeric stuff on the edges. Nice calculator... no, a good calculator!
Mine arrived today, and what a revelation.
The HP 33s is much improved over the early model that I used to own. The display has fixed the invisible decimal point problem and the keyboard button action is a lot smoother as well. My serial number of CNA 141000X suggests that it was manufactured a scant 2 months ago (41st week of 2011), so the batteries should be fresh. They are still supplying it with a full-sized printed User's Guide and a very nice slip case. It's a joy to hold in my hand with its rounded edges and soft gripper material. And then there's separate STO and RCL buttons, P<->R conversions direct from the keyboard and a big primary DISPLAY button. Only the weird ENTER key location spoils the fun. And it offers virtually all the functionality of the 35s for $20 less, without all the bugs and missed keystrokes. I'm glad HP continues to make it.
The HP 10bII+ was a very pleasant surprise with a very nice keyboard and display, and a solid quality feel. The keyboard layout is very logical and uncluttered with the down-shifted operations on the bottoms of the keys ala 12C, 15C and 35s. It's a stealth scientific calculator listed under financial calculators.
I'm very happy to have bought these two calculators, and for any of you who may be interested, HP Home & Home Office is currently offering both of them with free domestic shipping.