|Re: HP 35c "Classic" Red Dot Anniversary Edition|
Message #13 Posted by Maximilian Hohmann on 12 June 2007, 5:53 a.m.,
in response to message #12 by John Keith
The closest thing to what you described would be a 15" Macbook Pro running the latest version of Mathematica. The newest Macbook has many of the features you described, and the cost would be very close in constant money to that of the HP-65 or 67 (Which had state-of-the-art I/O) back then.
No, no, not really. I was rather thinking of a caculator equivalent to a classic Leica-rangefinder-camera (http://www.leica-camera.co.uk/photography/special_editions/leica_m7_titanium/): These things have a very basic functionality, but are made from the best materials using state-of-the-art craftsmanship and are designed to last a lifetime - or even longer. Where far-east products are made from plastic, are full of bells-and-whistles and sell by millions at ridiculously cheap prices, Leicas are manufactured by thousands at best, are awfully expensive and yet the company has its faithful customers since three or four generations.
So that's what I'm dreaming of: An anniversary edition calculator that I can use every day for the rest of my lifetime and about which my grandchildren (should I ever have some...) will start a fight in case I forget to explicitely mention it in my last will :-)
Waterproof, solid titanium housing, eternal power supply (Citizen guarantees that their "eco-drive" watches last for a minumum of 20 years, so HP, take up the challenge!), unbreakable keys and display, basic functionality (for programming and fancy extras everybody has a personal computer anyway). All inside a beautiful soft-leather pouch designed by Prada and I bet that I will not be the only one who would spend in excess of 1000 Euros for it. "The last calculator you'll ever need to buy" would be the appropriate sales slogan!
Edited: 12 June 2007, 6:00 a.m.