Got the 50g...



#2

Day before yesterday my boss returned from the states and remembered to bring the 50g that has been laying around in our usa office. I told my self not to post any 'first impression' stuff to forum, but guess can't help myself because so frustrated about HOW DOWNHILL everything around the machine has gone!

Stupid case: Do not fully protect the calculator. And this is a thing that may be used in the field and industrial setting I can imagine. Lock do not lock well. No help in storing accessories, and this actual comes with a cable and can use memory cards.

New low in manual quality. It seems to me that they took the user guide (electronic copy on cd), deleted some content and made the printed 'user manual'. Stupid.

By the way, a question, is the
'The Definitive User's Guide to the HP48g/49g/50g Calculators' worth
getting?


#3

Hi Arne.

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Stupid case: Do not fully protect the calculator



My 50G has got a decent cover - I mean, the one with the magnetic "clip" as a closure - works quite well - oh, well, I'm in an office, not in a building site or in a mine ;-)

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No help in storing accessories, and this actual comes with a cable and can use memory cards



I think that the possibility of storing any accessory along with the calc has long gone...

As far as the SD card goes, well, I think it's better stored *inside* its slot, doesn't it? :-)


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New low in manual quality. It seems to me that they took the user guide (electronic copy on cd), deleted some content and made the printed 'user manual'. Stupid.

By the way, a question, is the 'The Definitive User's Guide to the HP48g/49g/50g Calculators' worth getting?




Agreed upon the awful quality of manuals; the "Definitive User's Guide..." might prove of some help (even though I'd prefer its contents better arranged...).

IMHO, go download the Advanced User's Reference Manual for the 48/49 series from here


Hope this helps.

Best regards.

Giancarlo

#4

Thanks. From your answer, I will not bother with the book
'The Definitive User's Guide to the HP48g/49g/50g Calculators'.

Yes, I am using those advanced ones, they are not to bad.

The case is not to bad, but every time I have taken it out of my bag it has gone open. May stop doing that when not so stiff anymore.

Actual my company is considering the use of this in 'industrial' setting. I am not to concerned about the protection (just buy a new one), but the case is not practical.

Bye the way, the machine itself I have a good feeling about so fare... :-)


#5

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the machine itself I have a good feeling about so fare... :-)



Been using it since 15 months now - the good feeling's still there :-))

Cheers.

Giancarlo
#6

What type of industrial setting?

If you need a completely enclosed secure case, resistance to weather/moisture, and would like the ability to use AA batteries (which give a month or two of battery life), I have a rather nice environmental case. You can even put a hook to hang it on the back. It is much more bulky than the standard calculator of course. . .

We sell it for land surveying purposes, but the cases can be bought by themselves.

http://pssllc.com/index.php

TW


#7

A factory, can't go into specifics, but think car factory and you get the right idea :-)

Sure something to have on the radar if it would happen! Just something we have started to think about. Application is data caturing in form of user observing cunfiguration in factory to tell lab and eventual get back feedback based on simulation of some sort.

For the data capturing part other devices propably is much more suited; high end telephones, pda, tablets.

But the calculating aspect may be of so interest to our problems that it may should be considered; there are plots to be made...

Also price and long batery life are pros.

Edited: 21 Nov 2007, 2:22 p.m.

#8

The supplied manual is definitely lame, sort of a reminder guide once you know how to use the machine. I actually printed the entire user guide (1000 pages) and put it in binders. It is much more comprehensive, and, in my opinion, necessary for truly learning how to use the machine. Plus, the supplied manual has more than a few errors; that is, key stroke sequences that do not work correctly. All that said, I do love the thing.

(P.S. My case works fine, but, yes, it does not hold any accessories.)

#9

I got my 50g today... and this is my first HP calculator. My previous calculator is a TI-83+, from a later production run with a lower contrast screen than the original TI-83+s. I had wanted one for a while, and decided to get one. Decided I didn't like the styling of the 33s, had heard bad things about the 35s (and I find it expensive for what it is,) had heard that the 48gII has keyboard issues (not to mention, the weird serial port and lack of expandability,) the 50g was a bit overkill, and 48GXs seem to go for a lot on fleabay.

So I went for a bit overkill. ;)

First impressions...

Umm, wait, I bought an HP because I wanted RPN. Don't give me algebraic by default.

Those keys are INCREDIBLE.

I find the case to be nice, especially considering the TI-83+ just had that slide cover.

The manual... I skimmed it, saw it seemed to cover algebraic more than RPN, tossed it aside, and kept reading the 48G quick start guide that I had downloaded when I was still looking for a 48GX.

Wow, this thing is wicked fast. (Just imagine if it were running natively on the ARM...)

The included link cable is a nice touch. Not that a USB cable costs that much, but... And, Conn4x is spartan, but once you know what you're doing, that's fine.

The screen is great.

Oh, and RPN rules. :) (But I already knew that much. ;))


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