Summary: Update: An employee at the HP Calculator Group has responded, "we are aware of the issue". Nothing has been said about what HP will do to fix/ replace these calculators. The following is my review: Unfortunately, I have to report that this calculator and it's successor, the HP 30b have a bug. The depreciation schedules give incorrect results. If partial year beginning months are used the results will be inaccurate and not even sum to the value of the asset.
Summary: Upon recieving my new calculator I went to use it for a real estate class I was taking. Immediately after turning it on and trying to get the functions to work I realized that it was not like the versions I had used previously. Instead, you had no way of knowing what you hit previously. For it to work correctly you had to type in the perfect keystrokes and even with the assistance of my professor we struggled to find a proper instruction manual.
Very functional calculator but feels a little cheap
20 December 2010
Summary: The calculator has all financial functions and most of the scientific features making it the one calculator to carry. Not for heavy engineering though. It feels a little cheap when compare to my hp32S calculators. The manual needs an update; it does not match with what shown on the screen in some cases.
Summary: I have used HP financial calculators for many years and own four. Other than the presence of RPN, there is nothing recognizable about an HP product in this calculator. The mix of functions appealed to me because it took some of the most frequently needed functions and put it under one hood. However, from there everything else that you would expect to find in an HP financial product is simply not there. Cheap...the unit is not up to HP standards in material quality.
Summary: A good all around calculator to have handly at the desk. The manual shipped with the HP20b was barely adequate; the on-line / downloadable *.pdf was a little better. Learning to use some features requires a good memory of how the calculator works. Not having a slip case / cover does not bother me; I would never use it; I always have calculator out on my desk. I do miss the useful feature of entering fractions by pressing the decimal key a second time for the denominator.
Summary: Excellent calculator. But seriously, no cover for this? I find this unacceptable. If HP can afford a severance package for Mark Hurd, surely it can find a way to provide covers for this calculator? I mean, Mark Hurd won't return to HP, but I could for it's calculators. So who's more important?
Summary: To all who might think of buying this calculator... Don't get fooled by the nice design. There are 2 main considerations: 1 - The features 2 - How efficient to use them If one of these is not good; the other one is useless. This calculator has numerous functions covering a wide range; certainly sufficient. However, the unnecessary complicated menu structure makes it hard and time consuming to work with.