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In a recent thread, "Re: Looking for advice on financial calculators", Thomas Okken observed that there is an image of an HP 17BII+ with a double-width Enter or Input key, on the Office Depot website:

This potentially creates confusion if there are now two versions of the HP 17BII+ and you want #3, the one with the double-width Input key, viz:

  1. HP l7BII (discontinued)
  2. HP 17BII+ (readily available)
  3. newer HP 17BII+ with double-width Input key

Does anyone have additional information on this newer HP 17BII+?

thank you,

...bt


Edited: 6 Aug 2007, 10:01 p.m. after one or more responses were posted

The HP part number is the same as the current gold/black version, and gold/black is listed as the case color on the OfficeMax site. But suddenly HP is offering an instant $20 discount on their website on the gold/black version.

I would guess this is one of those occasional goof-ups by an online vendor. The SKU and description are the same so somebody linked to the new jpg too soon.

And I have one of the "old" (?) ones coming on Monday. Darn.

Interesting.

What with this and the big enter key on the 35s, I wonder if we can expect a remodelled 50G soon?

Also, the faceplate on that 'new' 17bii+ looks metal. In fact the whole thing is rather nice, IMO.

Edited: 5 Aug 2007, 3:57 p.m.

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This potentially creates confusion if there are now two versions of the HP 17BII+ and you want #3, the one with the double-width Input key, viz:

  1. HP l7BII (discontinued)
  2. HP 17BII+ (readily available)
  3. newer HP 17BII+ with double-width Input key

Perhaps we should refer to the new one as the HP 17BII++ to reflect the wider enter key?

I see the keys are back to the traditional shape. No more "fastback" keys.

I'll have to get one of these so my "old style" 17BII+ will have a buddy.

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Perhaps we should refer to the new one as the HP 17BII++ to reflect the wider enter key?


Or maybe should name 17BII-XL (for extra large enter key).

How about the 17bii+E? (E = Enter)

I am truly puzzled by this. I've never known HP to change the look of a calc and not change the model number somewhere, somehow. This one surprised me.

BTW, I do LIKE this change! I love the bigger key. I just wish it had stayed the pretty dark color and not the silverish, 33s-like, style.

When someone gets one of these, please post a good quality picture!

thanks,
bruce