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Is 50g good or crap?
05-01-2014, 03:30 AM
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RE: Is 50g good or crap?
Well, that's a question that depends on personal judgement. I don't have a Prime but do have an HP50g and consider it my primary calculator - and have used it as such for years. My workhorse calculator, on the other hand, is my HP 20b converted to the much discussed WP 34S. I'd say 95% of my calculating needs are handled supremely well by the '34S while the '50g handles matrix calculations, simultaneous equations, etc. And my HP 30b is in the car to calculate MPG, potential home costs, etc. And my HP 12C Platinum is in the office when I do my taxes.

I've had HP calculators since my HP-25 (no C) in 1975, including the '67, '41C, '01, and so on. Nobody makes calculators with the build quality and ruggedness of those early ones. But then again, the '50 doesn't cost a month or two's pay.

I use these a lot. It is still faster and easier to bang out a circuit resonance or resistor calculation on the '34S than to call up an emulator and use the QWERTY keyboard or (heaven forbid!) a mouse. As an aerospace electrical engineer, I need results that are right and quickly. These work great for me.

My '50 has been around the US and dropped many times. It shows *no* signs of wear (hooray for its fine case!). Even the much maligned rubber feet are in fine shape. For something I rely on for my livelihood, I consider that significant.

Is the '50g worth buying? If you like the '48/'49 series, you'll be pleased with the '50. At today's lowered prices, it's a bargain.

Do remember the dynamics of user feedback - those who have (or perceive) problems are typically far more vocal than those who don't. The number of postings by satisfied '50 owners should be noted.

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Is 50g good or crap? - lemontea - 05-01-2014, 02:33 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Tugdual - 05-01-2014, 02:43 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - lemontea - 05-01-2014, 02:54 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Jim Horn - 05-01-2014 03:30 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - lemontea - 05-01-2014, 03:40 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - HP67 - 05-01-2014, 07:19 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - lemontea - 05-01-2014, 07:37 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Nigel (UK) - 05-01-2014, 09:27 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - peacecalc - 05-01-2014, 10:21 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Manolo Sobrino - 05-01-2014, 10:50 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - lemontea - 05-01-2014, 10:31 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Alvaro - 05-01-2014, 10:48 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - jebem - 05-01-2014, 11:12 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Alvaro - 05-01-2014, 11:32 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - cutterjohn - 05-01-2014, 12:35 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - jebem - 05-01-2014, 11:02 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Alvaro - 05-01-2014, 11:57 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - jebem - 05-01-2014, 01:09 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Alvaro - 05-01-2014, 01:15 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Egan Ford - 05-01-2014, 10:41 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - jebem - 05-02-2014, 02:05 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Steve Simpkin - 05-02-2014, 06:25 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Thomas Radtke - 05-03-2014, 06:37 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - jebem - 05-03-2014, 09:58 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Thomas Radtke - 05-03-2014, 11:10 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Dave Britten - 05-01-2014, 12:45 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Egan Ford - 05-01-2014, 10:44 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - lemontea - 05-01-2014, 10:47 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Egan Ford - 05-01-2014, 11:09 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - jebem - 05-01-2014, 01:48 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - peacecalc - 05-01-2014, 04:43 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - lemontea - 05-01-2014, 09:50 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - walter b - 05-01-2014, 10:04 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Egan Ford - 05-01-2014, 10:55 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - lemontea - 05-01-2014, 10:37 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - lemontea - 05-01-2014, 10:45 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - lemontea - 05-01-2014, 11:07 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Egan Ford - 05-01-2014, 11:25 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - lemontea - 05-02-2014, 12:38 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - jracca - 05-02-2014, 04:17 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - lemontea - 05-02-2014, 06:52 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Steve Simpkin - 05-02-2014, 09:11 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - lemontea - 05-04-2014, 02:09 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - jebem - 05-04-2014, 05:58 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - lemontea - 05-05-2014, 12:02 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Egan Ford - 05-08-2014, 08:39 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - cutterjohn - 05-09-2014, 04:59 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Egan Ford - 05-09-2014, 05:23 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - walter b - 05-09-2014, 05:24 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - HP67 - 05-05-2014, 06:10 AM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - Manolo Sobrino - 05-08-2014, 03:52 PM
RE: Is 50g good or crap? - lemontea - 05-10-2014, 02:05 AM
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