35s -- I know this is "piling on", but . . .



#6

. . . I can't resist.

I was just now daydreaming -- looking at the 35s in my office, admiring its overall elegance; feeling grateful for the return of an acceptable (if still buggy) RPN (non-RPL) programmable; reminding myself that this particular unit's display is nicely aligned; smiling wryly at the recollection of its mis-aligned serial # label . . . I close the case and -- hey, wait a second! What's this?

The "HP" logo on the front of the case is mis-aligned. Listing a bit to starboard (as I look at it). It's not an optical illusion caused by the slanted letters in the logo -- I carefully placed a ruler along the top edge of the logo and there's definitely a right-side-down slant -- maybe 5 degrees or so.

Has anyone else noticed that? On top of the other mis-alignments, it's amusing, at least. (All of the positive aspects mentioned above are still true, as far as I'm concerned.)


Edited: 28 Aug 2007, 3:55 p.m. after one or more responses were posted


#7

I think your beginning to list yourself, not sure if it is left or right though....


#8

I've been leaning to the left for a long time, now.

;-)

AND, it just now occurs to me what great "wisdom" there was in the 33s' keyboard design. (It would sure be hard to detect any misalignment on that thing!)

Which reminds me of Henry Petroski's observation (in, I think, his book "Small things considered: why there is no perfect design") on the design of a glass tumbler, into the thick base of which a rather large bubble had been deliberately introduced. (You've probably at some point seen and held an example of this style of drinking glass.) The bubble's purpose: to distract the eye from what otherwise would be glaring imperfections in each tumbler's realization.

So, what do you do to a calculator to distract the eye from otherwise glaring defects ("acceptable variances") in manufacture? I'll bet the highly regular layout of the 35s (and virtually every other H-P model) is much harder to consistently produce without noticeable variation than is a design with deliberately-introduced curves or angles.


Edited: 28 Aug 2007, 2:22 p.m.

#9

I think you have too much time on your hands if you can admire your 35s in your office and notice how nicely it look. But thank you for chuckle. My logo look just fine. :)

#10

Well, it is built in China. Let's check that paint too! ;+}


#11

Just don't chew on it, and you should be fine.

:-)

#12

You're absolutely correct. It was the first thing I noticed -- *AFTER* all the positive attributes you mentioned, of course.


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