PC power > HP-calc power, yet... $PC = $HP48gx


It looks like Samson Cables is selling a pretty expensive 48gx these days:


For $699, I could get a fast laptop! Luckily, I still have a functional 48g, and a PC that needs to be put out to pasture.



I think that some surveyors may pay these prices, since they can pay for them through work.



Why bother? You can now get a 50g for $124.


I am not a surveyor and don't know much about surveying pacs for the hp49G+ and HP50g. If such pacs exists for the newer graphing calculators, then yes it makes sense to buy these newer machines. Otherwise, surveyors are stuck with the hp48gx for now.


Edited: 3 Dec 2006, 12:05 p.m.


Those prices really are crazy.

3 or 4 years ago I established my (unsellable) stock with 2 brand new 48GX's and 4 brand new 32sii's for future use. Another GX (with MK and many other programs) and 2 other 32sii's are used daily. I don't even think about buying a 33 or a 50. The feeling and the keyboard is "essential" for me.

It has been said many times: shame on HP! How can they discontinue "good" products without introducing equivalent or even better products?



If you currently use TDS or SMI surveying cards, they only fit into a GX, nothing else will do. That is the simple reason why used and new GX prices have stayed where they are for so long. Jumping to newer technology Pocket-PC and other data collectors is about $3000 minimum, which makes a new $699 GX cheap by comparsion. Now aren't you glad you aren't a surveyor?

Shame on HP? Shame on NEC for not wanting to make the Saturn processors, that fab line is history. Everything has a life cycle. I don't hear anybody complaining they can't buy a new LaserJet II or a Vectra ES12 ;^)

Edited: 3 Dec 2006, 4:42 p.m.



Now aren't you glad you aren't a surveyor?

I recently watched one at work: He placed a few targets at the spots he was interested in, pointed a little laser-thingy at them an read out some figures from a display (no need to copy down anything, he said, its all gonna be downloaded to his computer in the office later, wireless of course). I really thought: This could indeed be a nice way to earn mountains of money ;-)

I have no idea what these devices may cost, but the working time of a surveyor can't come for free either. Leaving behind (or inside showcases) 25-year-old antiques in favor of the latest technology has paid very well in other fields!

Greetings, Max


Yes a package does exist (www.pssllc.com), and it is much better than the old TDS or SMI packages. It even runs circles around the $3000 packages mentioned. No need to get a Windows Mobile POS that has a touch screen. . . about the only thing those are good at is scratching and breaking! :-)


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