Musings and comments about our common interest
Well, finally it has arrived!
It is expected to arrive to Europe by the second half of the year, but I have received a sample. I have been told that there are 250 samples in Europe. It came wrapped in plastic, not in the usual blister, and without manuals. I have been offered to sell it. As it does not come with the full package, I have some doubts. If you are interested, please drop me a line.
First of all, it has a cover, like some lower level HP calculators like the Smartcalc 300s. It does not come with a pouch - plastic or leather.
The calculator is pearl white, and it shines, although it can't be seen with the lighting I used to take the pictures. The screen is the same size as the 50g, or slightly smaller. We will see that in future pictures. The color is nice, but it looks student, not professional.
The key feel is much, much better than that of the 50g. I know that this may sond superficial, but I place a high importance in the keyboard feel. Is one of the things that makes you decide and grab one calculator or another.
The box has the same basic shape as the HP 17bII or the HP 35s. The keys are kind of protected by the sides, and the lower side has round corners so that it can be grabbed with one hand comfortably. There is an USB connection on the side, not on the top, of the kind found on the later Blackberries or the Amazon Kindle.
As I am writing, I have not downloaded the manual yet: just taken some pictures and done some fast calculations.
The keyboard is less cramped than that of the HP 50g. It does not have the irregular form found on the 50g: round below, square on the upper side. There are no writings on the calculator surface, only on the keys.
But the main attraction of the calculator is the screen. Let's see a couple of pictures and you will appreciate how sharp thenumbers are.
It is worth noting that the screen supports several grey levels - not just pure black and white.
Due to the poor lighting, the numbers look not as sharp as they really are. See them compared with the mighty HP 50g:
Side by side, both look the same dimension. The rounded upper and lower edges of the HP 50g make it look slightly smaller, and the screen just slightly bigger.
After this initial exploration, I am beginnign to play with it. I need to download the manual and start to play with it. As it is not RPN, I need to learn it from scratch. I have to confess that I have no previois experience with either the 39gs or the 40gs.
The price will be 79,9 €. It is available already, although in the conditions described above.