Reviews and Problems with HP 30b Financial Calculator
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A fantastic calculator for reasonable cost
2 December 2013
Summary: For the money, this is an outstanding calculator. It is very fast and has a reasonable amount of programming capability, although programming is somewhat cumbersome. It has Algebraic, Chain, and RPN operating systems allowing users of any calculators to feel at home operating it. It has a fine complement of mathematical and statistical functions rivaling usual scientific calculators to go along with its fine financial capabilities.
Inexpensively hackable into a scientific calculator
2 March 2012
Summary: The latest offerings of scientific calculators leave a lot to be desired. The HP33s and HP35s have keyboard problems and bugs galore with no fixes in sight. Furthermore, these two calculators have no provision to update their firmware. Enter the HP30b. This one is capable of having its firmware updated and the keyboard is nearly identical to the discontinued HP32sii and HP42s. Some very clever people cooked up a new firmware dubbed the WP34s and printed overlay stickers.
Summary: Unfortunately, I have to report that this calculator and the predecessor, the HP 20b 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. Additionally the RBV/ RDV will be off as well. These units also calculate incorrectly when using DBXover.
Summary: Clear display. Light weight. Well made slipcase, Great Keyboard! I bought this to re-purpose into the "WP-34S" that can be downloaded. With the self stick faceplate available from Eric Rechlin; this platform becomes the programmable scientific calculator that HP should be marketing.
Summary: TVM and Cash Flow calculations are smooth and easy. Register value indications are improved over the HP 10b. NPV and IRR are a snap. Not as feature-rich as the HP 17bii, but also half the price. Well-worth the incremental price over the HP 10b, IMHO. Well-made, sleek new design, fast with a legible display and satisfying keyboard. Cannot complain.
Pros: Adequate Capabilities, Clear Display, Quality Construction