|Re: HP-34C the best of any of them|
Message #4 Posted by karl schneider on 24 Feb 2003, 1:10 a.m.,
in response to message #3 by Norm Hill
When I was a young undergrad in 1981, I noticed an older student using a HP-34C (or similar) in the cafeteria, and peppered him with questions about it. He politely answered them, even though he was keying in programs for an exam. (He must not have been too time-pressed.) The machine looked intriguing, and when I finally had the funds to buy my own HP in Nov 1983, I had to choose between the 34C and the new 15C. I waffled, because I liked the classic look of the 34C, but was (thankfully) convinced by the clerk to buy the 15C, which was clearly the better product.
Within the past year, I have bought both earlier-style and later 34C's, with the intent of keeping the later one and selling my older one on eBay after I perform some repairs.
The 34C was a fine machine for its time, but suffered from some poor construction techniques. (The high inflation of the era may have prompted HP to try to cut costs.) The functionality was great, but almost every non-programming function was shifted (3 shift keys!). You didn't know which angular mode it was in, and you had to deal with $12 NiCd's that needed charging and died eventually.
No, the 34C couldn't be sold as a new product today...