Yes folks, I had a dream about the next calculator product from HP. It is a non-programmable business/scientific/statistics calculator with a nice segmented display and all functions on the keyboard. The nice clicky buttons are sloped like the 12c, 15c LE and 35s, so one shifted function is above the key and the other on the key slope to remove the clutter of both shifted functions above the key. It can work in both RPN and algebraic mode. It has an affordable MSRP of $30 USD. The model number of this fictional new calculator is HP 10sb.

Actually, except for the RPN part, that fictional calculator already exists in the HP 10bII+, which I've been playing with for a while, and am truly impressed with it's capabilities. It already has some of the trappings of an RPN machine, such as the INPUT key that functions as ENTER for two variable operations and a SWAP key that is effectively x<>y. All it needs is a full 4-level stack, roll down / roll up key, and a mode switch between RPN and Algebraic/Chain.

I had a dream.

*Edited: 5 Jan 2012, 12:31 a.m. *