17BII+ wobble



#3

I recently took delivery of a new version 17BII+ (double-wide input key) and found that it wobbles slightly on my desk.

Is this a well-known defect or did I just get a dud? I bought it direct from HP and am wondering if others have had any experience of exchanging this calculator or others for the same reason.

It's frustrating that I have an el cheapo Casio desk calculator that sits perfectly flat on my desk and this HP that costs four times as much can't get it right!

Thanks in advance for your responses.


#4

I don't have a 17bii+ but I find that the 20b (and now 30b) rock back and forth too. This is a design defect where pressing keys on the outer column put force beyond the support feet.

-Katie

#5

Hello Ryan,



perhaps your desk has a slight bumpiness to which the Casio perfectly fits by pure coincidence ;-)



My 41CV has suffered the same flaw since I bought it 1984. I solved the problem with adhesive tape. Another solution would be to try to pull outwards the disturbing rubber foot a little bit (I don't know whether the 17BII+ has) in order to restore the balance. This works with the HP48, but you must be careful not to lose the foot.



Best regards

Frido


#6

Hi,

Have 2 17BII+ and no problem at all.

Regards,

Nacho

#7

My 41CV of 26 years also has this very annoying problem.

#8

Thank you, all.

It seems the rubber feet are perfectly molded into depressions in the bottom, so pulling it one direction or the other isn't possible. The outer column of keys also appear to be well within the supported area so the wobble seems to be from imbalanced rubber feet or a twisted case.

That said, my 12cp has the same problem and I ended up putting some tape on the bottom to keep it from rocking. The downside is that it lost its grip in that corner so now it tends to slide a bit!

I must be overthinking this. HP is sending crap out the door.


#9

Quote:
That said, my 12cp has the same problem and I ended up putting some tape on the bottom to keep it from rocking. The downside is that it lost its grip in that corner so now it tends to slide a bit!

I had the same problem. To fix I just twisted the body to fit. Perfect now. Just give it a gentle twist.

#10

Who would've thunk!

I did as you advised. I gave the calc a slight twist and problem solved (for now).

I'm hoping this is a permanent solution--what with the bumps and scrapes in my bag I put my calcs through...

Thanks!

Edited: 14 Apr 2010, 3:45 p.m.

#11

I have the same (annoying) issue with a couple of my calcs (all Pioneer series).
--Sancerre


#12

My 17bii+ wobbles very slightly. Twisting didn't cure it, I'll probably have to do it again.


#13

The wobble was back this morning. Argh!

I had to twist it again to correct the issue. It's clearly a temporary solution. Why, why does HP do this?!


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