Made me feel bad that the calculator was smarter than me
28 July 2014
Summary: Very advanced calculator. I bought it for my college algebra class, but it was so difficult to figure out that by the time I did my class was almost over. Directions didn't help me much, had to use YouTube mostly. Made me feel bad that the calculator was smarter than me. If you are of advance brain power and math skills, this is your calculator!!!
Summary: One problem I have with this calculator, that I very much hope corrects itself once it gets broken in, is that when you push the buttons fairly quickly (when entering 100 pushing the zero twice quickly) the second number doesn't register. UPDATE: So you can correct this problem by performing the following: - Change KEYTIME parameter to 1138 (some folks say, set KEYTIME to 500).
Summary: unable to download drivers for windows8,calculator work ok,software is also not downloadable to pc. software only works with windows7 .hp online has no current updates. please consider this model.
TI-89 better calculator than the HP50g for complex numbers
13 August 2013
Summary: If you are interested in complex numbers in any way, the TI-89 Titanium is a better choice because it has complex functions that are easy to access and use -- cSolve, cFactor and cZeros for example -- which the 50g does not. From my perspective, solely from that standpoint, the TI-89 Titanium is a far better calculator, which is why I rated it only average. There is a caveat, however. The TI-89 Titanium seems to have a high alkline battery usage.
Summary: but the issue I have with this one is that it requires two different types of batteries and the four AAA batteries run down frequently. So frequently, I have to carry replacements in case they run down during tests (this actually happened and I was glad I had replacement batteries). Come on HP, you can and have done better than this in the past HP-28sc for instance. If Casio can make a calculator without this kind of battery issue so can you!
Why aren't there more sales resources for the 50g?
14 March 2013
Summary: This is the best calculator (or handheld computer) on the market, and yet the only way I obtained it was that I found out about it through my father, a surveyor who uses his trusty 48gx as a data collector. He hooks it up to his instrument and does surveying with it all day. He also has had twelve 41c models over the years, one or two 11c models, and one 38sx2. He purchased 15cLE models for me and him.
Summary: The 50g comes with a short instructional guide which it estimates you can complete in about an hour. I couldn't complete the first ten pages of the guide in my first hour of working through it. Having owned five HP calculators since I bought my first in the early 1970s, I was already familiar with RPN. That didn't help!
Be prepared to spend some time learning how to use.
3 March 2013
Summary: This is a great calculator, but it is not easy to use. I preferred my HP-42 but it has been discontinued. I just didn't have the time to spend on learning how to use it. It just sits on the desk as a paper weight. Now that I have an iPhone I just use the hp-42 clone (free42). HP should really supply a decent user manual, downloads are great but I would rather have a decent manual just like my old 42 came with.