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HP 50g successor
Message #1 Posted by Ivan Latorre on 2 June 2008, 5:02 p.m.

I was thinking in buying a HP 50g (I own a HP 48) but I don't like its design (no big ENTER key) nor its cheap plastics. I am wondering how long it will stay on the market. Regards.

      
Re: HP 50g successor - no, Wait.... really
Message #2 Posted by Allen on 2 June 2008, 5:49 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Ivan Latorre

Even if HP designed a 50g improvement, they would call it "50g" and the brilliant Business Majors in the marketing department will not allow HP to release it until every last darn 50g is sold off the shelves- could take years!

HP has irresponsibly delayed US release of the Silver 17bii+ (nevermind the bright idea of keeping the same model number).

I say to HP:Do SOMETHING other than sit on the new model longer! Three concrete proposals for your consideration:

1. Sell the surplus Gold 17bii+ in the Asian/Australian market while exchange rates are in shareholder favor.
2. and/or release the Silver 17bii+ at a higher price in the US to avoid competing with the GOLD ones.
3. and/or post surplus Calculators on http://www.overstock.com/ and get on with innovation.

HP, Don't loose your momentum in the calculator market because of surplus.

( edited for formating-- was running off the screen because of the PRE format on last line)

Edited: 2 June 2008, 7:32 p.m.

            
Re: HP 50g successor - no, Wait.... really
Message #3 Posted by bink on 3 June 2008, 8:49 a.m.,
in response to message #2 by Allen

I was actually looking on Buy.com for the HP 35S (which they don't have yet), but found the HP 17BII+ in silver:

http://www.buy.com/prod/hp-17bii-2-line-display-financial-calculator/q/loc/101/201684349.html

Also, in regard to your comment about selling the gold model in Australia, they are already selling the new silver model there.

      
Re: HP 50g successor
Message #4 Posted by Richard J. Nelson on 2 June 2008, 5:50 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Ivan Latorre

The HP50g is HP's high end machine which is much lower in sales Compared to midrange machines. I often refer to its replacement as Generation Five. The effort to design and support such a complex machine is significant so I would not expect HP to replace the HP50g any time soon. They still have to "catch up" in bringing the rest of their product line to current standards first. I suspect that the HP50 will be the machine of choice for advanced users for a long time to come.

X < > Y,

            
Re: HP 50g successor
Message #5 Posted by Patrick Rendulic on 3 June 2008, 1:15 a.m.,
in response to message #4 by Richard J. Nelson

Get a used HP48GX and a used 128kB (for Meta-Kernel) and 1 MB Ram cards for the expansion ports. You then have a nice calculator with a BIG Enter key in the right position.

Sure, it does not have all the functions and the speed of the 50G, BUT, as long as HP does not come back to the old standards, this is my first choice. And it is definetely more fun to work with the 48 ;)

                  
Re: HP 50g successor
Message #6 Posted by Raymond Del Tondo on 3 June 2008, 4:04 a.m.,
in response to message #5 by Patrick Rendulic

Or alternatively, get an HP-48G+ or GX, and install the latest SpeedUI package from www.hpcalc.org .
With SpeedUI, you'll see
how fast the HP-48 really can be:-)

HTH

Raymond

      
Re: HP 50g successor
Message #7 Posted by Hal Bitton in Boise on 3 June 2008, 2:04 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Ivan Latorre

Quote:
but I don't like its design (no big ENTER key) nor its cheap plastics.

While I am in complete agreement with you on the big ENTER key (HP, bring them back now!), I must say that the fit and finish, as well as the feel and materials on my 50G are all first rate.
Best regards, Hal

      
Re: HP 50g successor
Message #8 Posted by papakanush on 3 June 2008, 1:12 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Ivan Latorre

I went from my 48G (still works) to a new 50G last year, and have had no regrets, and I've gotten used to the enter button where it is now.

            
Re: HP 50g successor
Message #9 Posted by Chuck Sommer on 4 June 2008, 12:28 p.m.,
in response to message #8 by papakanush

That is great, but you should now NOT consider an HP35S as its button layout is much closer to the HP48 series then the HP50g (or 49G or 49G+).

I have all these calculators (48g,49g,49g+,50g and the 35S), I use the 50g (I like the big screen) but also want the light weight and smaller sized 35S, but it takes me 5 minutes of fat fingers till my old brain can make the switchover.

If there were a calculator with the old layout of the 48G and the screen of the 50G I would jump on it.

                  
Re: HP 50g successor
Message #10 Posted by Ivan Latorre on 4 June 2008, 2:25 p.m.,
in response to message #9 by Chuck Sommer

I own two HP calculators: an HP 48G and the new 35s. I'm happy with both of them but I would like to buy something as powerful as the 50g (the 48G is a bit slow) with better plastics and the "classic" HP keyboard layout. I'll have to wait...

                  
Re: HP 50g successor
Message #11 Posted by papakanush on 5 June 2008, 1:25 p.m.,
in response to message #9 by Chuck Sommer

Quote:
That is great, but you should now NOT consider an HP35S as its button layout is much closer to the HP48 series then the HP50g (or 49G or 49G+).

I have all these calculators (48g,49g,49g+,50g and the 35S), I use the 50g (I like the big screen) but also want the light weight and smaller sized 35S, but it takes me 5 minutes of fat fingers till my old brain can make the switchover.

If there were a calculator with the old layout of the 48G and the screen of the 50G I would jump on it.


Well, I'm not a calculator collector. I just use one, a lot, at my work, and the 50G has been a very good tool for me. The fact that I am not considering getting the 35S has nothing to do with buttons. I was just sharing my experience that the 50g has performed very well over a years worth of probably more than average usage.

Edited: 5 June 2008, 1:26 p.m.


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