|Re: Sad day for HP calcs at my lab|
Message #14 Posted by Jean-Michel on 1 Sept 2007, 1:50 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by JaSon
the CASIO fx-300ES is sold in France uder the name "fx-92 Collège"
(except that it doesn't have the dual power functionality).
I bought one for my son who's entering high school this year, and learned how to use it to teach my son when necessary. I'd like to correct some points of your post, and posts form other readers:
- even if this isn't an RPN calculator, it's very user friendly, and has certain functionalities very useful. You'll probably discover them when you'll have received yours.
- this calculator DOES have a formula memory, and more to say, very easy to use.
- CASIO calculators, and this one also, are totally able to resist to an industrial environment, except if using it in a dusty atmosphere or any critical conditions. My fx-602P is still operating and I use it at my office quite every day since 1985 (in fact, I have several calculators, amongst which some HP's, and I use them all, depending on how far they are fom my hand, and what I have to do with.)
HP calculators, especially the first vintage models, were better than other brands calculators in the past, but nowadays, they aren't. You have to face the reality as it is. It's probably sad for the HP enthusiasts, but if HP wants to recover is prominent place, they have to do a lot of work... The HP-35s is a good example of what remains do be done in terms of quality.
Just to finish : my '602P gives sin (90) = 0 in DEG mode, and sin(pi) = 0 in RAD mode...in accordance with the mathematic rules.
To my opinion, one of the main points in which HP remains the "best", is the design of the calculators (except some models that we all know). And according to this point of view, the 35s is a very good step in the right direction !
(I say "best" because I find that the competition that some people set between calculators brands is kind of puerile to my opinion).