the 32sii is a very nice scientific model, its also
programmable and offers numerical solve and integration. it has a clear 12
digit dot matrix display and is one of several similarly built slim
(pioneer) models. it feels well-built, comfortable to hold and the buttons have a
positive feel. it is light and easy to carry in a pocket.
this model was discontinued only recently. the used price is
already more than when they were new. the 32sii is more capable than the
lesser 20s. the latter is still available,
probably because it is not rpn whereas this model is and its not
selectable like the 17bii
interesting features of this model include exponents of up to 499 (like
the 48g), the ability to convert floating point to
rational approximation with the fractions (a b/c) key, which is modal,
unit conversions and the ability to work with formula or a program with
solve and integrate.
there is limited but useful complex number support. unfortunately it
cannot display both the real and imaginary parts at the same time (only
one line display) and it requires two stack elements for each complex.
thus the stack is effectively only two levels deep when operating with
complex numbers. on the plus side, as well as the basic + - * /
operations, it can compute 1/x. ln, exp, sin, cos
& tan (but not their inverses) and y^x. unfortunately sqrt
and x^2 are left out.
it does well in the torture test where
the solve and integrate operations appear to be the same as the 48g.
of the all-round useful machines to have in your pocket.