|Re: HP50G...should I upgrade?|
Message #14 Posted by Ryan McLean on 15 Jan 2009, 4:20 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Ryan McLean
Thanks all for the advise.
I bought the 50g's and a hundred other HP calculators because the simple creation of the 50g and the improvements gave me hope and a reminder of the days when HP was synonymous with quality, and of the times when I was the only person in class with an HP- and the only one who could appreciate why RPN was better.
Amen to that! That alone should be enough for me to run out and get it.
Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
You may not have access to a computer at times, and even when you do, it may be a PC...and we all know what maladies can befall them.
Yeah, I can certainly appreciate the logic there. The only problem is if I am doing things in MAPLE or MatLab, than I am not learning how to do them with the Calculator...so when I do have the Calculator and not the PC, I'll have the power but not the know-how. Still a very compelling argument though.
That's the critical point for a student! As long as your calculator works and you do most of the things on MathLab and Maple: spend that much money on something else you NEED.
Yup...yup...that pretty much sums it up.
However having a good calculator for doing simple calculations that has a good mechanical keyboard and a great screen can be of value and I think this is where you are.
Yeah, the truth of the matter is I have a bit of RSI in my right wrist, and that means that using the 49G can sometimes literally be a PAIN.
Although a calculator decreases in monetary value, the value it can have to the person using it can be actual and great. I think it's important to have the best tools you can afford.
The actual, full-blown (as opposed to student edition) versions of packages like Maple or MatLab are very expensive, and need to be upgraded from time to time.
That's not to mention the hardware to run the software packages on! I just spent 2 grand on a MacBook Pro to replace my PowerBook G4 of 4 years. In another 4 years I'll probably have to drop another 2 grand to upgrade. (In addition to Math I do video and multimedia. Not as demanding as gaming, but it does require you to keep your hardware up to spec!)
Nobody in their right mind would use software from 20+ years ago. IN fact often times it's not even possible...but Calculators are much less prone to obsolescence.
With that in mind, $125 or so seems like a small price to pay. Heck, I spent more than that just putting RAM in the machine I'm typing this on.
So yeah, I think I'll go ahead and get the 50G. Will I get it this week? Probably not! But eventually.
PS -- Does anybody know what the 49G used to run for? I swear I split the cost with my parents and I still paid well over $100.
Edited: 15 Jan 2009, 4:22 p.m.