What's the beef with the 14B?



#10

I acquired an Anniversary edition 14B mostly for its collector appeal. It did not come as a bargain and I figured recently to make the purchase worthwhile I should spend a little time with it. I must admit that even though the obligatory algebraic entry can be a bit annoying at times, I really do like it, particularly the great big 32S like display. All of the TVM and cashflow routines are aided by prompts and easy to use and seem very fast.

There is has been a lot of recent talk of financials here, such as the 17bii and 17bii+, but I never hear a peep about the 14B. Any idea why?

Les


#11

I don’t have anything against the HP 14B, but then I don't really know anything about it either. The HP 17BII, however, feels like an old friend. This is because I used to use an HP 27S for years, which IMHO believe to be the most user-friendly scientific calculator ever made. And, viola, a lot of the 17BII works the same way as with the 27S (very user-friendly and with RPN to boot!, though sans firmware trig transcendentals).

An "HP 27SII" would have been great (Paul Ceruzzi thought the 4 register "stack" could so easily have been used for RPN right from the beginning (who gave me my 27S in the first place)), but alas I don't think it will ever happen.

#12

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#13

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My wife and I really like the [deletia] nuclear science calcs,
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Interestingly our 8 year old daughter really loves the easy-to-read display of the 14B and the very friendly way it displays the operators (plus, minus, divide etc). She uses it to check her maths homework after doing the sums on paper (...at least that's what she tells me).

Is an 8 year old the youngest HP calculator fan here at the museum (Born Feb 1999)?


an 8 y.o. who likes HP calcs, and nuclear science...

Should I be VERY afraid?

B^)

Ren

dona nobis pacem

#14

Ian, thank you for your encouraging comments, which I got to see before the post was deleted. I really like the 14B, and it looks like I got a good deal on it, as I paid far less then you did (no box though).

I am also becoming a big fan of the 17bii+. I have little use now for my 12cp, with its sticky keys and TVM and cashflow capabilities that are a little less intuitive to use for me. I do get a kick out the old HP80 though, even though its TVM and cashflow features are even more peculiar to figure out!

Les


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#16

Were worth a lot of money once, too.


#17

Why did Jacksonconsult delete his post?


#18

Maybe concern about spambots? Perhaps the cheeky reference to his child and nuclear science caused some offense? I have had a little correspondence with him since about the 14B and he didn't mention it one way or the other, so I am guessing that he has his own very good reasons that are idiosyncratic to him even if they seem obscure to us.


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