Summary: I picked this up to use with some economics and finance classes I am taking. My professors specifically required a financial calculator or I would have used my trusty TI-89. I did some research before buying and bought this for the advanced feature set. I wasn't a fan of the menu layout and logic for entering functions. Maybe the time spent with my TI-89 has warped my thinking. Either way, it didn't seem natural for me.
Summary: I have had 4 financial calculators since I started my master’s degree in finance, and would like to share what I have learned. First let me say that my bachelor’s degree is in science and when I went to school I had to have a HP 48G series, which I just loved it. That’s the standard. Studying to be a financial planner, my college taught using the HP 10bII Financial Calculator, as this calculator is allowed for use when taking exams for financial certifications.
Summary: I bought this calculator for my graduate level finance course at the recommendation of my professor, and it worked great! This calculator met all of my needs and it's a great value for the price.
Summary: I miss the solid feel of the old HP calculators. My previous one was made in the US. This is made in China and feels cheaper. But I lost my old one and wanted an RPN calculator. This fits the bill.
Worthy Successor to the Original But Not Without Fault
Jeff Magill, Amazon
16 December 2013
Summary: I've had the original 17BII since college in the early '90s and it's still going strong other than some surface fading from normal wear and tear. But I'm a dork and wanted to see what the new 17BII+ is like. Who doesn't like new shiny things? It is lighter than the original, but this seems to be mostly from a thinner casing. But it doesn't feel any less solid. There's no flex. I do like the black and silver versus the brown and gold. Not a big deal though.