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Bring Back the HP 15C Scientific Calculator

Discussion in 'General Electronics' started by Chris W, Jun 25, 2004.

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  1. Chris W

    Chris W Guest

    Please forgive this intrusion, I thought someone in your field
    (engineering, math, or science) might be interested in this.

    There is an effort underway to get Hewlett Packard to start making the
    15C, or a similar model again. A web site with a petition has been
    setup. If you are like the others who have already given their support,
    and would love to have a well made calculator like the 15C available
    again, please take a moment to go to the web site and sign the petition.
    If you are not familiar with the HP 15C, the web site will tell you
    more about it and why it is the best scientific calculator for everyday
    use. At least one member of the calculator planning department at HP is
    sympathetic to the cause, and will argue the case to those who make the
    decisions, however, many more signatures are needed, so please tell
    anyone you know who would also benefit from a quality calculator like
    the 15C, to check out the web site.

    Chris W

    Bring Back the HP 15C

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  2. They would have to have a huge request for these, considering what a
    production run would cost. The fact that they did not make this unit
    for many years, will also force them for some expensive retooling and
    retraining new assembly people. This is going to be very expensive on
    their part.

    Take consideration that if they do such a run, the price will be
    probably the same as or more than it was many years ago, but in our
    dollars of today. Don't be surprised if this calculator will be in the
    many hundreds of dallars each.

    Jerry G.
  3. Rich Webb

    Rich Webb Guest

    Never happen. There is no longer a "Hewlett Packard." There is a
    marketing organization selling PC clones and printers pretending to be
    Hewlett Packard.
  4. Karl Uppiano

    Karl Uppiano Guest

    I think they did revive production the 32s, which was the last RPN
    calculator in production when it was discontinued a few years ago. I don't
    think you can ask for more than that. I still love using my 32s and my 11C.
  5. Karl Uppiano

    Karl Uppiano Guest


    My11C, by the way, is on its second set of batteries. The first set died
    after a couple of years. The second set is 15 years and counting.
  6. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    The 32S *is* the "cats meow"; i was fortunate enough to trade for one,
    and after 2 years it is still operating on the batteries that were in it
    when i got it.
    If they wer going to "re-do" any of them, i vote for the 32S.
  7. For my money, the best calculator ever made for electronics use is the
    Casio FX-61F. Specifically designed for electronics with an impedance
    mode among other gems like dedicated inductance, capacitance, phase,
    and frequency keys. You can't beat the parallel key though, every
    calculator should have one.
    Solar powered too, none of this rubbish about battery replacement.

    Dave :)
    P.S. No, I never did get used to RPN. Just doesn't feel right :->
  8. Rich Webb

    Rich Webb Guest

    I've given up on Casios in frustration over their insistence on having
    the base conversion functions in a different "mode." I guess it's a
    valid approach to getting more functions bound to the keys but flipping
    between COMP and BASE-N modes just seem to get in the way of getting
    work done...
  9. For sure. Always depends on what work you mostly do.
    Sadly, you can never have everything.
    There are many useless keys that happily sit there on every scientific
    calculator taking up valuable space. Ones like the HYP and
    Degrees/Minutes/Seconds keys for instance - useless for most general
    applications (YMMV).
    Wierd and impractical layouts abound. Even on the beloved HP15C - X2,
    Ln, and Log are on shift keys - what a pain!
    Even the 61FX sacrifices a few valuable keys to shift mode to make way
    for the electronic keys.

    I have yet to find my perfect electronics engineering calculator...

    Dave :)
  10. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    Just think of a well-endowed woman . . . . stacked!
  11. Ben Moss

    Ben Moss Guest

    Sadly, you can never have everything.
    Does your HP not have reassignable keys? Both my HP41CX and HP48GX
    have this feature. The HP41 even came with overlays, so that you
    could write your new key assignments above the key!

    Good, RPN is.
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