|It's official: RPN scientifics HPs are coming back!|
Message #1 Posted by Jeremy on 6 Mar 2003, 6:41 p.m.
First of all, let me thank the guy here who's got the web page that starts out: "I've lost a friend this week..."
I read that whole page, and towards the bottom, there was a link to leave feedback. The reader was encouraged to let HP know that we are disappointed. So I did that. Below is the correspondence that HP and I have had so far on the matter:
On 05 Mar 2003, I wrote the following:
problem_description : It is terrible that HP gave up their high quality line of scientific RPN calculators. They were legendary for their ruggedness and good design. Now, HP is selling nothing but crap, just like everyone else. Whether the executives at HP know it or not, they have lost a LOT of respect for doing this.
On 06 Mar 2003, I got the following reply:
There will be a new RPN scientific calculator out by the end of this year. For more info, visit www.hp.com/support/calculators.
It is important to us that we answer your question. If you need further assistance, please reply to this message, we will be happy to help you.
HP Consumer e-Support
and today, I wrote the following reply:
I really appreciate your reply. To be honest, I thought it would be lost in the shuffle and ignored.
It is great to hear that HP will have a new RPN scientific calculator by the end of the year. A couple of questions on that:
1. Will it have the hinged keys and rugged construction of the 32SII or will it be in the Casio/TI/Sharp style with cheap, junky keys?
2. Will it have the well thought-out layout and durable construction of the old HPs of yore?
3. Will it be comparable in features to the 32SII? If not, what level will it be at?
Last of all, a personal opinion/suggestion for HP: Bring back the HP 11C or something very similar. People loved that one. Just the right size for a big, geeky pocket, full-featured, and well laid out. If you don't believe that it would be a hit, have a look on eBay and see how much they are going for. It would be an absolute cash cow for HP if they were to supply it alongside all the junky TIs, Casios, etc. Be sure to advertise that it is much more rugged and high quality, because the average Joe doesn't know that. He only knows that it costs twice as much.
Thanks for taking the time, and keep up the good work!
So now that everyone knows this, we can stop driving up the prices on eBay and stop enabling that !@#$# Amazon.com to charge $240 for a 62SII. Personally, I would rather see them sell out of them at a normal price than to try and take advantage of people.