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 Ranking HP 17BII, HP 17B, HP 12C against one another?Message #1 Posted by Peter Murphy (Livermore) on 24 Aug 2012, 12:48 a.m. At little or no expense I have acquired three HP-12Cs and one each of HP-17B and -17BII. I plan to give them to some mathematically bright 14-year-olds who show some inclination towards financial mathematics. I was given a 14C some time ago, but have made limited use of its TMV features. I am not particularly interested in exploring the TMV features of the other two calculators. Leaving RPN aside, how would you rank those three calculators against one another for the purpose described? Edited: 24 Aug 2012, 2:29 a.m.

 Re: Ranking HP 17BII, HP 17B, HP 12C against one another?Message #2 Posted by Matt Agajanian on 24 Aug 2012, 1:48 p.m.,in response to message #1 by Peter Murphy (Livermore) 14C?? Even HP hasn't heard of that one.

 Re: Ranking HP 17BII, HP 17B, HP 12C against one another?Message #3 Posted by Peter Murphy (Livermore) on 24 Aug 2012, 2:13 p.m.,in response to message #2 by Matt Agajanian Edited to reflect 12C. Not that that helps, apparently: zero responses to my question so far.

 Re: Ranking HP 17BII, HP 17B, HP 12C against one another?Message #4 Posted by Paulo MO on 24 Aug 2012, 3:06 p.m.,in response to message #3 by Peter Murphy (Livermore) Hi, Peter If it is capability you care for, the ranking is easy: 17BII (algebraic and RPN), 17B (algebraic only), 12C (RPN only, but has an algebraic/RPN version - the Platinum). If we allow more subjective tastes to enter into the equation (e.g. menus vs direct key operation only, or stylish vs plain), then the position of the 12C becomes non-determinable, as the free market keeps showing us. The 17B solver is great, and the 12C should have it. Best Paulo

 Re: Ranking HP 17BII, HP 17B, HP 12C against one another?Message #5 Posted by Mark Scheuern on 24 Aug 2012, 3:24 p.m.,in response to message #3 by Peter Murphy (Livermore) A recent discussion of the 17BII vs. the 12C here.

 Re: Ranking HP 17BII, HP 17B, HP 12C against one another?Message #6 Posted by Peter Murphy (Livermore) on 24 Aug 2012, 7:14 p.m.,in response to message #5 by Mark Scheuern Mark, thanks for the link to that discussion, which is just what I was hoping for -- in arrears. Peter

 Re: Ranking HP 17BII, HP 17B, HP 12C against one another?Message #7 Posted by Don Shepherd on 24 Aug 2012, 4:47 p.m.,in response to message #1 by Peter Murphy (Livermore) Peter, you should ask yourself, "what would a mathematically bright 14-year-old do with a 12c, 17b, or 17bii?" My guess: sell it and use the money to buy an iPhone with a financial app. A 14-year-old is still a 14-year-old.

 Re: Ranking HP 17BII, HP 17B, HP 12C against one another?Message #8 Posted by Peter Murphy (Livermore) on 24 Aug 2012, 7:10 p.m.,in response to message #7 by Don Shepherd That's a possible response, and perhaps the best. I'll find out.

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