|Re: HP-32S vs HP-32Sii|
Message #4 Posted by Paul Brogger on 28 Mar 2003, 10:09 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by George
The 32sII has slightly larger digits/characters in its display than those of the 32s (which themselves are already quite large, clear and easily read) .
All examples of the 32s, I believe, were made with double-shot keys, with large, clear, slightly off-white keytop legends (characters) that look absolutely beatiful (at least to some of us sensitive to such things). The 32sII started out with double-shot keys, but with white, generally smaller keytop legends. Later 32sII's have printed keytops that are markedly inferior, with off-center legends and even smaller characters represented.
Internally, the 32s has the older, double-sided gold-plated printed circuit board -- the 32sII has a newer, copper, single-sided circuit board. I believe the newer design is more susceptible to corrosion. One of my two 32sII units is dead (with evidence of moisture damage or battery leakage), while my 32s (which receives vastly greater use) is soldiering on just fine.
I think the above statements of fact are, indeed, accurate -- if not, someone will certainly correct me! Don't get me wrong -- I wish the 32sII were still readily available -- I'd make a point of buying a couple more. But I've long preferred the 32s over the sII.