|Rationale for ENTER, plus other changes (dreaming)|
Message #20 Posted by Bruce Bergman on 21 Aug 2007, 1:14 p.m.,
in response to message #4 by Gene Wright
The 17bii+ can output programs (solver equations) to the printer, so it's marginally better than the HP-35s in that sense! I like that it has a good combination of features and functions.
Putting the ENTER label back on would be useful because it would justify what you can already do. I.e., in RPN mode, you can use the INPUT key like an ENTER key. In RPN mode the stack operations are also the face functions of the parenthesis keys.
While we're at it, I'd like to see HP put some other basic math functions into the MATH menu. Right now it has LOG, 10^x, LN, EXP, N! and PI, which is great. But it has no SIN, COS, TAN, etc. If there were room in the ROM, it would seem to make sense to add those basic math functions.
There are solver equations that provide those functions, but it's not the same. There are even DEG->RAD solver equations. But it would be so much easier to have them in the ROM.
Also, I notice there is no yellow shifted function under STO. What about putting some functions under there? How about base conversions, or some simple conversions? Heck, if we're dreaming, I'd LOVE to see the E+ (sigma+) key back on the face of the calc, and if it were there, you could use it to create SUM lists automatically. Man, NOW we'd be talking! :-)