HP is still making calcs.



#12

For all those still wondering, HP still plans to stay in the calculator business. Several rumors have been flying around, and as a magazine editor whose readers use HP's RPN calculators on a daily basis, I heard them as well. Upon contacting their press office and speaking with a very helpful lady, I have it on good authority that the company will still be making their calculators. The only move they have made is to close a manufacturing facility in Australia.


#13

A number of us understood the position to be milking existing products with contract manufacturing until resellers refused to do so, and not including continuation of development. If you do find out development will continue, please advise. Big Box Retailers have really narrowed HP Offerings of late.


#14

I agree with Frank.

QUOTE:

'Upon contacting their press office and
speaking with a very helpful lady, I have it on good authority that the company will still be making their calculators. The only move
they have made is to close a manufacturing facility in Australia.'

The Australian section of the calculator wing was not a manufacturing site, it was the design site (I don't think that ANY HP calcs were actually MADE in Oz). At the time HP decided to close the Australian section the information they gave out was misleading and I think HP's 'press office' is repeating the error (either by design or ignorance)

TRY GOING BACK TO THE PRESS OFFICE AND ASK HOW MANY PRODUCTION CALCULATORS THE AUSTRALIAN SITE EVER MADE AND ALSO HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE WORKING ON NEW CALCULATOR DESIGNS NOW.

Closing down the design site is the same as pulling out of the market (only it's death by 1000 cuts).


#15

Hello,

Cory, I don't understand how you could have been so naive to post your message about HP's intentions for the calculator market.

At the very least your posting is missleading, at worst it's guaranteed to rile many on this forum.

Thanks, David


#16

Please, let's keep this forum friendly. Cory did the right thing by going directly to HP for information. Whether or not we choose to believe HP is an entirely separate issue.

Cory, I thank you for taking the time to do a little research and then sharing what you learned with us.

#17

OK I was a bit riled by HP's press office (I was thinking of all those HP designers given the sack in Australia), but we don't know Cory's reason(s) for posting here. It could be anything from being an HP stooge to a careful investigation (looking at all available sources of info) before printing a story on the future of HP calculators - I hope it's the latter.

By the way a Google search on Cory's name gives a link to a Civil Engineering magazine so perhaps we might see a story on HP calcs?


#18

Following a recent post to comp.sys.hp48 I checked with our supplier (the largest IT wholesaler in Australia) and they do not list the 32S II any more. I have also been trying to source the 48G AUG and am having some difficulty. It seems to have dissapeared from HP's sites.

I just bought the 6S and even with my specs I find the writing almost impossible to read. To use this toy I think I will have to memorise the key functions!


#19

Hi Yani,
I can't read the label on my blank nut HP41cx either

#20

David,

I did see both your post, so not a flame with this. The point is that Cory's understanding of HP's production may be widespread in the general marketplace. Many MAY believe that HP is no longer producing calcs which will further erode HP market, ... (I'm sure you can fill in the blanks!)

SIGH!!!! At least there made well and should last for many years.

Joe


#21

Joe Panico wrote:

"SIGH!!!! At least there made well and should last for many years."


You bet ! My HP-11C it's a 1981 model, has been
used nearly *every day* since then (21+ years), yet still
it's in mint condition, with perfect keyboard and display
and works flawlessly. Still on its 3rd set of batteries.

Also, my HP-25 is 25 years old, was used heavily on
its heyday, yet it's still in excellent condition, with
perfect keyboard and LED display. The one and only thing
I had to do was to replace its dead battery for new cells,
and it runs absolutely fine on them.

Bottom line: if you take just a little care of your
HP, specially classic USA models, it will last for many
*decades*, if not more. Not so with most other brands.


#22

What I don't get is do they still manufacture calcs (and which models if so), or have they stopped making them as well as designing?


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