Reviews and Problems with HP 33s Scientific Calculator
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Pat Moore, Amazon
21 April 2014
Summary: I bought the first HP RPN calculator produced as soon as came onto the market - it's power, and efficiency of key strokes to get an answer to any mathematical/structural analysis problem was immediately obvious. I have bought numerous models of varying complexity since that time, and settled on the 32s as the most efficient for my requirements.
Summary: Bought this to replace a HP 33S that I had worn out, Some of the buttons had broken free of their pivots & were floating around under the faceplate. Totally happy with the new one. Glad I was able to find a direct replacement. Some of the newer HP calculators have changes that I don't really care for.
Summary: I just love the reverse Polish notation. I have owned HP calculators for 25 or so years. The models change every few years so I make sure to buy more when I see that a new model is being introduced I have four others EXACTLY like this one. I use them constantly. They do not break but they can wear down after years and years of use.
Summary: Typical TI quality, all snap fit, the feet fell off almost immediately and the number 4 doesn't work sort of. This was a recommended calculators allowed for the exam and I am an RPN guy so, there you go.
Summary: This review is geared more toward engineers taking the FE/PE exam just FYI. I found this calculator to be adequate for taking my FE exam however did feel it could have been better. I also purchased years later the TI-30X Pro which blows this calculator out of the water as it also meets NCEES calculator standards. This only has 2 lines of text (the TI has 4 I believe). Some functions I thought were a little difficult such as rectangular to polar notation.
Summary: I originally hated it... if only for the way it looked. But the appearance grew on me, and the calculator itself was a joy to use. I strongly prefer RPN (reverse Polish notation mode of data entry and execution), which is the input system for this calculator. It may not have the massive memory of a graphing calculator, but there is more than enough memory for many short or "medium" length (whatever that means) programs.
Summary: HP calculators just suck these days. HP moved to watch batteries that have to be replaced often. There calculator suck these days. Where have all the program packs gone?! HP had great products and then abandoned ship.