|Re: HP Quality Is Gone|
Message #3 Posted by karl schneider on 13 Apr 2002, 7:20 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by J.C. Randerson
Recently, I was in Office Max, examining the HP-12c and HP-17bII business calculators.
The 12C's, now made in China, still have the same design as those made in the USA during the '80s, and the price is down somewhat (from $120 or so to a still-high $80), but the quality of construction has slipped.
An recently-replaced accessible display model suffered from noticeable paint fade on many of the keys, which felt hollow. The "ENTER" lettering on the key of the replacement display model was slanted upward, as though it wasn't sprayed on correctly.
All the key lettering on my 1983 HP-15C still looks great. The lettering might be inlays. Why can't HP still use those keys, if they had the technology? I don't think that this an America-vs.-Asia issue; my Singapore-made units of the '80s (1981 HP-34C, 1986 HP-41CV, 1989 HP-42S) are certainly of acceptable quality.