Re: HP 12C Made in Malaysia! Yuck!


Ever since reading this message thread, I've been curious about the reported decline in quality. So today at lunchtime, I went over to the local Office Max and tried out an HP-12C. It was shocking, to say the least. The printing on the keys was dull and dark; in fact, the blue lettering was almost indistinguishable from the black keys. The area between the keys was not the rich black of older models, but rather a rough-looking surface that looked like it had soot rubbed on it. Finally, the mushy keys had none of the snappy feel of my beloved 1982 HP-16C or HP-41CV keyboards. I've always considered the Voyager series to be almost works of art, but this 12C was pitiful. It truly saddens me to see Hewlett-Packard (of which I've been a loyal fan for many years) turn out such a sorry piece of work.

Now I'm starting to wonder what kind of quality I'll find in the HP-48GX I ordered just last night for my son...

Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  [HP-Prime] connector made with printer3D CompSystems 0 243 10-18-2013, 04:53 PM
Last Post: CompSystems
  Do You Think a Listing Error Was Made? Jim Johnson 13 935 09-04-2013, 09:23 AM
Last Post: Eddie W. Shore
  About changing or deleting content after replies were made Raymond Del Tondo 1 279 08-26-2013, 05:01 PM
Last Post: Massimo Gnerucci (Italy)
  Self-made WP-34s flashing cable? Victor Koechli 6 743 08-15-2013, 10:11 AM
Last Post: Les Wright
  Custom Made Leather Cases for Voyager Calculators Juergen Keller 8 754 01-09-2012, 02:47 AM
Last Post: Paul Dale
  HP48 - WHY where were they made so difficult to open up? mr-scorpio 12 846 10-01-2011, 02:23 PM
Last Post: Frido Bohn
  HP41 Battery Holder, made by additive manufacturing Ian Phillips 1 259 09-27-2011, 08:14 PM
Last Post: aj04062
  HP 12C 30th AE arrives in Malaysia hpnut 1 213 09-27-2011, 04:49 AM
Last Post: From Hong Kong
  Made in China, 50G, 35S, 33S designnut 11 749 09-18-2011, 11:55 AM
Last Post: hpnut
  Guessing game - non-HP RPN calculator "Made in Germany" Joerg Woerner 17 1,050 09-07-2011, 10:28 PM
Last Post: Joerg Woerner

Forum Jump: