|here is hp's replacement for the
17bii. its very slightly smaller than the original, with a more
rounded style and bigger buttons. although the buttons are of lower
quality than the original and feel harder to press. i cant decide
whether the screen is clearer or not than the original. i never did find
the original's display especially clear, but nor is this. maybe they are
about the same.
like the original, it supports both rpn and algebraic
entry, although the rpn mode is somewhat harder to use since the input
key (ie enter) has been made smaller. calculation speed is mostly
faster, although some things are slower. n! is slower also
calculation of rate (i) in tvm mode, for example. none are so
slow as to be a problem though.
a welcome addition over the original is currency conversions. this
was originally only a feature of the 19bii,
and also euros have been added that didn't exist on the 19bii, which is
as a born again 17bii, it fulfils the same feature set, but there
have been some bugs reported and omissions (like the L(x) and G(x)
solver functions)1. there is also more
memory (32k), not all of which can be used, but nevertheless it means
many useful financial (and scientific) programs could be accommodated
whilst leaving plenty of space for user operations.
it is a pity that this new model could not have also acquired new
features. for example, sin, cos and tan (and
inverses) are not here. admittedly, they have no real place on a
financial calculator, but what the heck, they could have been put deep
inside the math menu for that very occasional use. i would also like to
see the normal distribution function (usually called Q). this would be a
real help to implementing black-scholes which would have been of
the machine is powered by two cr2032 cells, rather than the original
3 lr44 (g13). this might mean it has a higher power consumption than the
original, whose batteries would last for a considerable time.