|Re: 35s high-glare display|
Message #7 Posted by Karl Schneider on 27 July 2007, 12:05 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Alex
I received my 35s yesterday and was enormously excited! However, when I took it to class and set it down on my desk, all I saw in the display was a perfect reflection of the overhead lighting. The display surface is amazingly reflective, and no matter where I moved my calculator all I saw was glare. The calculator was, in effect, rendered unusable,
The 33s has the same display, and I agree it's annoying.
Egan posted in a different thread,
However the annunciators at the top are too close to the edge, the wrong lighting casts a shadow that make them a bit hard to read.
Now, I don't expect that HP had scoured the MoHPC Forum for feedback and chatter about the HP-33s, but I had mentioned these very problems three years ago, which have unfortunately been carried over without remedy. An excerpt:
- Tiny, virtually-indistinguishable decimal point and comma. Inexcusable!
- Shadowing when viewed at a sharp angle.
- Glary, reflective screen. (The 1990 Pioneer upgrades addressed that one.)
- Tiny, hard-to-read annunciators on the upper part of the display, in the shadows
- The display instantly changes to name of function when a key is pressed, instead of after a time delay when the key is held down, as on the 32S, 32SII, and 42S. It is disconcerting to watch the display flash each time an operation is performed.
(In fairness, most of the problems I described have been addressed, either with the revised HP-33s or the new HP-35s.)
Nonetheless, I plan to purchase an HP-35s soon, in a retail store if reasonably convenient. I also plan to attend the late-September HHC conference in San Diego, where I can point out a few things.
The HP-35s looks like a big leap in the right direction, but there's still room for improvement...
Edited: 27 July 2007, 12:26 a.m.