HP 8S ?? What's this? Australia only?



#16

I found a listing on Ebay for an HP 8S which I had never seen before. I couldn't find it on the US and UK HP sites but did find it on the Australia site.

It probably isn't a "true" HP anyway but is this a new machine which will make it worldwide eventually or is it limited to a specific market? If the latter, have there been any other examples of limited availability?

Just curious...

Mark


#17

It appears to be legitimate, Australia only:

(See this link)


#18

Modules

#19

Looks like another Casio repack.

Truly a pity.....:(

John Stark


#20

Quote:
Looks like another Casio repack.

Truly a pity.....:(

John Stark


Such a thing is an unthinkable nightmare. Ten years ago, if someone predicted that HP would be re-badging Casio, they would have been laughed out of town. However, I fear you might be right. The HP8S could be a Casio FX85ES Scientific Calculator in disguise.

Casio aren't that bad of course. They have done a lot of good models and I have fond memories of the old VFD FX series but somehow, HP doing this seems really cheap and tacky.

Mark

#21

At first glance, it looks rather like the Casio FX-82au, which seems to have "captured" the school system, at least here in New South Wales. See http://www.schoolstationery.com.au/calculators/fx82au.htm for an example - I haven't compared the keyboards, but they look superficially pretty similar, as does the construction with a sliding cover to protect the calculator when closed.

It's no HP, at least in the classical sense of quality and use of RPN, but I can't fault the company for making a buck by introducing something that's compatible with the classroom instructional materials and techniques of an entrenched competitor.

Best,

--- Les

[http://www.lesbell.com.au]


#22

For me it looks like an HP 10s in a new case: same key functions, same training modules ...

#23

I simply love the speification:

"HP 8s has a LCD view area of 61 x 18.8 pixels with 2 display lines."

Regards,
Joerg


#24

I am speculating that it is a typo, and should be "mm" rather than "pixels". I am seeing a lot of this sort of error in current HP literature and documentation, given that apparently they no longer have any educated staff to review it.


#25

Interestingly, HP's specifications page for this machine states that the display size is "64x24x2.7mm". Rather odd.

Mark


#26

Curious. When I first looked at the HP Australia site, I saw the "pixels" description. Now it's gone. Perhaps I spoke too soon, and they have fixed it.

#27

Hey now. . . that's not very nice.

TW


#28

I agree. I'm in a grumpy mood today, but should not take it out on the generally good folks at HP. So, I officially retract my editorial comment.

#29

Looks to be functionally identical to this guy:
Ativa AT 30SX

That would mean they're both Kinpos, not surprisingly. I think Datexx and likely Citizen have released their own versions of this model.


#30

Dave,

The Ativa AT 30SX sports a dot-matrix display and is a sibbling of the SmartCalc 300s while the HP 8S is a "two-liner".

It is very close to different Casio products, I guess Kinpo / Citizen / Casio is a good place to start ;-))

Regards,
Joerg

BTW: voidware.com:

HP 8s Hits The Streets

Contributed by hugh

Friday, 30 December 2005

THAT'S MORE THAN 3 YEARS!!!


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