Need a new toy. 48g or 50g?



#6

I 'need' a new toy to play with and am intrigued by the 48g/50g. Which should I get? I like a quality keyboard and heard that the 48g is better in this regard. Is there anything about the 50g that says I should go that direction?


#7

The 50G features a far better display than the 48G.

#8

50g:

  1. Larger, clearer display.
  2. Can run off batteries or USB power.
  3. USB and Serial ports.
  4. SD Card for storage.
  5. Less Ugly keyboard colors, however the 48G does have the Holy Grail of calculator keys--a large Enter.
  6. Can be programmed in C and ARM ASM for speed.
  7. Comes with warranty.
  8. Can run 41, 42, 15C, etc... emulators.
  9. It's a toy and a tool.
  10. No assembly required.

Do you have a 34S yet? Currently my favorite toy.

  1. Smaller display.
  2. Can run off batteries.
  3. Serial port only, can drain batteries.
  4. Some limited flash storage.
  5. Does have the Holy Grail of calculator keys--a large Enter. Good color scheme.
  6. Can be programmed in C and ASM for speed, but with a lot of care.
  7. Comes with warranty. Sorta of.
  8. Can run 41, 42, 15C, 16C, etc... RPN code with little change. It's kinda the 'Swiss Army Knife' of RPN calculators. It has a zillion functions that you'll never use. But just the knowledge that you could completely rebuild any advance civilization with it is reason enough to get one and take it everywhere you go. (Pack extra batteries).
  9. It's a toy and a tool.
  10. Some assembly required.

Edited: 21 Oct 2011, 6:41 p.m.

#9

Do you mean the 48G from the 1990's, or the 48gii that they make today?

In addition to the better display, the 50g has an SD card and more memory than the 48gii.

#10

The 50g has better connectivity options. If you decide that you want to start installing programs/libraries from hpcalc.org, transferring data is much easier with the 50g. For the 48 you'll need a serial cable and a computer with a serial port or USB to serial converter. Also, the 48G only has 32K RAM (128K for the 48G+/GX).

Edited: 21 Oct 2011, 6:50 p.m.

#11

50G is far better. Bigger screen, really faster, CAS, infinite integers, USB for connection and electric power, imo better keys position ...

The less : not so 'sensual' keyboard (but it is correct), and for some people the lack of "large enter key", insuffisant paper documentation (but downloadable on HP site include advanced manuel)

#12

Strangely, it's not always pointed out as the first thing, but I'm with Gilles: the 50g is a *far* more capable machine software-wise.


#13

Didn't think about the display quality/size...very good point.

As for the Enter key, I felt it looked strange but didn't notice they had shrunk and moved it from its usual location.

The 50g seems to have more sheer toy potential. And seems like a deal for $100. I will be ordering one. Thanks for all the feedback!


#14

48 has joined the ranks of antiques now!

But it is a pretty awesome antique...

#15

I prefer the 48, personally. The keyboard and menu layouts on the 50g are awful, and I still have problems with duplicated/missed keystrokes occasionally, despite fiddling with KEYTIME. Plus the keys on the 50g are still too stiff, particularly the arrows.

My opinion is that all the extra memory, speed, and screen size are wasted if it's a pain in day to day use. And thus I keep a 48SX on my desk. :)

#16

Quote:
I 'need' a new toy to play with and am intrigued by the 48g/50g. Which should I get? I like a quality keyboard and heard that the 48g is better in this regard. Is there anything about the 50g that says I should go that direction?

50g has a faster processor, can be connected by USB port, has an SD card, and has more real estate as far the screen goes.

What I like of the 48G better: bigger ENTER screen, MTH and PRG menus don't need a shift key to access it.

Despite this, my vote is for the 50g.


Edited: 22 Oct 2011, 11:29 a.m.

#17

Quote:
I 'need' a new toy to play with and am intrigued by the 48g/50g. Which should I get? I like a quality keyboard and heard that the 48g is better in this regard. Is there anything about the 50g that says I should go that direction?

I can say that 48G is obviously old technology with some significant limitations such as unflashable firmware but HP-50G isn't good enough, particularly its keyboard. If I need to choose between them, I'll go for HP-50G for sure.

To be frank, no calculator made by HP after HP-48SX is good enough to fascinate me.


Edited: 22 Oct 2011, 1:25 p.m.


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