My new calculator – HP 48G

September 27, 2008

I am super excited. I got a calculator (maybe it’ll take my mind off of waiting for my laptop). Why am I exctied? because my calculator is worth a lot of money, and I got it for free, suckers.

Here are my inital takes on it:

  • About the size of most TIs, while it is only a HP
  • Lives up to HPs quality standards.
  • 15 years old (wow, about 1 year younger then me)
  • A tad bit slow, with bigger algebraic stuff
  • Probably made for engineers, this calculator has a lot of stuff I don’t understand as a Jouior on it, but can probably get me through college
  • Expandable memory, inferred transfer, serial port (no cable :P)
  • 128K RAM, which was pretty big back then I assume because the packaging made a big deal of it.
  • STEEP LEARNING CURVE. It has 1.25 inch thick instruction manual. And this isn’t a calculator you can hand to a friend for a math problem, even doing basic arithmetic takes going through the instruction manual (lets say this –  the easiest way to put in math is reverse polish notation)
  • It has unit conversion, so I might pass chemistry now.
  • The keypad is confusing and not organized like the ones now are
  • to solve a given anything, you have to press one of three butons, depending on whats entered.
  • when you screw up, it beeps at you. Cool!
  • It has a weird home screen. It works in stacks, which is very odd and uncommon, and again takes a learning curve
  • it came with a case. I like included cases. It must be HP and all of its amazing stuff.
  • the home screen can include a clock, so you can see what time it is when you are bored with the calculator.
  • It has 3D plotting. I won’t be using it, I’m sure.
  • It cost $350 in 1993, it would sell for $496.35 these days if it were first released (Inflation), and it sells on ebay for $100+ now realistically. I got mine for free.

Cool, eh? I know I am excited to baffle people at school with it. Why do you think I really got it anyways? To do math? The only math class I am in is Computer Math, and you know the most we do is 10101010 + 10010101.

My nice new 15 year old HP-48GX!

My nice new 15 year old HP-48GX!

What my HP-48GX came with.

What my HP-48GX came with.


2 Responses to “My new calculator – HP 48G”

  1. dinesh1201 Says:

    Congratz for your new calc 🙂

  2. Schermann Says:

    Hey Kyle,

    You know what they say: GARBAGE in GARBAGE out! :LOL:

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