HP 49g+ just purchased



#2

Hey,
I just picked up the most current version of the 49g+, figuring I could just return it if it wasn't worth it. It took a LONG time to decide to buy another one after trying the introductory models in 2003.
Overall, I must say that I am very impressed. Sure, it isn't a 48gx, but WOW, everything is so much better on it.

1. No creaking with quite a bit of torque applied to the case.
2. No (with ROM update) missed keys.
3. The keys are SO MUCH quieter than the initial issue.

After some thought, I have decided to "get over" my vintage HP hangup and start using this and the 33s on a daily basis. The 33s was returned earlier due to my dislike of the cluttered keyboard, but after playing with the 49g+, it wasn't that hard to get used to it.


Hey Les, I finally got the Subject marker straightened out. Very odd indeed.
Now if only HP would drop the 48gII and expand the line-up to include the oh-so-needed HP 43s...sigh.

Edited: 15 Feb 2006, 1:44 p.m.


#3

Hi Joe,

What's the serial number of your new 49g+? I'm thinking about buying one too.


#4

I'm looking for a manual for the HP48GX or someone with know how to opperate it. My son lost the manual and needs help in understanding the calculator. HELP please. Anyone in the lower main land with the know how please give us a shout.

Thank-you in advance.


#5

http://www.hpcalc.org/details.php?id=3937
http://www.hpcalc.org/details.php?id=6036

TW

#6

Quote:
Hi Joe,

What's the serial number of your new 49g+? I'm thinking about buying one too.


My SN is CNA 52301514

Joe

#7

It was also my intention to use only the 33S and 49G+ on a daily basis, but once I got bitten by the vintage HP bug, I'm having a hard time not using them. Right now I'm starting to fall in love with my 41CX here at work. I've gotten used to the segmentation of the LCD display (I prefer that of the Voyagers!) and I'm reading my user's manuals for the 41CX and loving it. I also love my 55 and many others, so for now, I'm going to keep using my vintage models. Some didn't cost that much to acquire, but others costed me about $300 each due to mint or new condition at time of purchase. So there has been that temptation to sell them all and recoupe some money and stick with just the 33S and 49G+, but I've decided not to do that. Enjoy your two non-vintage HPs. Long live the HP RPN calculator!


#8

Quote:
... Long live the HP RPN calculator!

Let that be for each physical unit in our hands, too! ;)

#9

I purchased a CNA 41208388 Series number HP 49G+ in may 2005 in Venezuela (my native country so please excuse my English). Then in December it began to present problems with the black numbers' keyboard most of them went loose and almost like coming out of its place. I received this week a CNA 53400181 Series number as a guaranty replacement.
I would like to Know your calculator series number and your opinion on this detail, I mean, this "five" first number series is better than the older ones?

Thanks for your atention


#10

> I received this week a CNA 53400181.

That's the newest serial number I've seen or heard of.

"534" means the 34th. week of 2005. That would've been around the middle of June.

It should be a good one. Just update the ROM firmware with the latest revision. Hpcalc.org has the newest (which is newer than than HP's website).

hth,
Matt


#11

Yep, my latest 49g+ S/N is CNA 53401497. Came with V 2.0 of the ROM installed. Anyone have a later S/N yet?


#12

Mine is CN42502717 updated to Version HP49-B Version #2.05-4

Hp49G+ is probably the most powerful calculator ever made, even if you compare to Voyage200 or T89.

It's hard to imagine how to make it better but I have some suggestions:

QVGA Resolution
Color backlight display
External or detachebla keyboard(Ir or cable)
Touch screen

for sketchs of this dream see:

http://marxpio.multiply.com/photos/album/6

Don't ask me how does it works... ;^)

Pio


#13

I like the form factor. Reminds me of a gameboy advance. The problem with the folding calculator is that the flexible cable can, over time, weaken and break. Maybe with better technology we can avoid this. I am just thinking very long term.

I do agree that a better resolution screen at least as good as the TI89, and preferably as nice as the Voyage 200 (that would be be rather large).

Would HP or TI ever consider a color screen? I just don't think so, but it would be gorgeous!

Quote:
Mine is CN42502717 updated to Version HP49-B Version #2.05-4

Hp49G+ is probably the most powerful calculator ever made, even if you compare to Voyage200 or T89.

It's hard to imagine how to make it better but I have some suggestions:

QVGA Resolution
Color backlight display
External or detachebla keyboard(Ir or cable)
Touch screen

for sketchs of this dream see:

http://marxpio.multiply.com/photos/album/6

Don't ask me how does it works... ;^)

Pio



#14

Casio has some models with color screens. I'm not impressed by their display quality. I don't know if it is possible to make a high-quality color display that doesn't eat batteries.

#15

Well, I would be incredibly happy if the screen resolution were doubled from what it is now. Actually, I would be plenty happier if the screen resolution were oh, say 240x160 pixels, which interestingly enough is the same resolution as the Game Boy Advance. . . ;-)

Seriously though, it would be extreemly easy for HP to double the resolution of the calculator. Simply drop in a higher res LCD and then define the screen controler to appear to the calc OS that it was the same as before. So each "pixel" would be represented by 4 pixels on the new screen. Then using HPGCC you could control the smaller pixels for use with cool programs.

In addition, I bet the demand for the calculator would increase 400% overnight once students discovered they could install game boy roms on their calculator. . . ;-)

TW


#16

Nice idea Tim, but who is going to write these wonderful new programs? The programming community is just about dead. The poor quality seems to have driven everyone away.


#17

Seriously, if a new calc were released with 4x the resolution of the current ones, more than 1MB ram, and the same processor, how long do you think it would take to get a slashdot article about the first graphing calc that can run linux?


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