|Re: HP 50G or HP 48GX?|
Message #2 Posted by Egan Ford on 13 Jan 2009, 9:58 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Denizen
You can get a 50g from Amazon for about $114. I've seen them as low as $100.
The 50g is faster, has a nicer, larger screen, and can be programmed in C in addition to UserRPL, SysRPL, Saturn ASM, and ARM ASM.
The 50g has 3 I/O options: Serial, USB, and IR. Serial and USB work with all OSes (Mac, Win, Lin).
The 48GX has a better keyboard, but with ugly colors. Not all 48GX programs will run on the 50g, SysRPL and Saturn assembly programs may need to be updated to support the 50g.
50g has CAS and 21st century storage (SD card).
If you are looking for a great calc with an OK keyboard and are only interested in existing UserRPL code, then get the 50g. The 50g is also easily replaced if lost or broken.
IMHO, the #1 complaint about the 50g however is the placement of the ENTER key. Many would sell their children before using a 50g because of the ENTER key.
In the long run, get both. Everybody should have a 48GX, its a classic. I started using the 50g because my 1993 still minty looking 48GX was a gift that I did not want to lose. I used it and traveled with it from 1993 to 2006, then I retired it for a replaceable 50g. I've found the 50g a superior computing device. If the ENTER key were moved back and the design a little bit more professional looking, it'd be perfect (well almost, needs HP-IL too :-). Actually JFG's PilBOX serial to HP-IL version may give the 50g HP-IL.
Just my $0.02.