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The HP 12C Financial Calculator features built-in financial functions and statistics, uses Reverse Polish Notation (RPN), more than 120 built-in functions, including register-based cash-flow analysis, 10-character, 1-line LCD display, Device measures 5.0 x 0.6 x 3.1 inches (WxHxD).It has 10-character, 1-line LCD display.
If you bought yourself a financial calculator during the 1980s, chances are it was this bad boy. Nothing has changed since its introduction--it still uses Reverse Polish Notation (RPN), is easy and versatile in programming, and has a thin, sturdy casing. Certainly, there's been newer, fancier calculators introduced since, but there's something to be said for the quality of classics.
The HP 12C's functions include all the basics--such as calculating APR, NPV, and IRR--and statistics are a snap. For students new to financial calculators, this is an excellent place to start. For the most part, the manual reads like a minitextbook, walking you through sample problems and situations followed by graphs and tables demonstrating the technique--and you can even check your results. The section on creating programs does seem to be written for the technically ignorant, addressing in detail how you could possibly benefit from using programs, but it'll still help you get the job done.
In general, it's a bit slower than newer models, just like last year's computer isn't as speedy as today's new release. On the plus side, it's just 3 by 5 inches and slips easily into a pocket. The bottom is printed with a few little cheat notes for common functions, which is nice for quick reference. The HP 12C's one-year warranty and available tech-support line offer reassurance this little workhorse will continue to be an industry standard for years to come. --Jill Lightner
This calculator was the fundamental tool for a very successful career in finance which depended in early days on this device before the PC was born and and a great tool for... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Catharine T. Kolb
It suits its purpose. Required calculator for some continuing ed classes, but otherwise seldom used in my field of work.Published 17 days ago by Buffy Collins
Best financial calculator. I have used the HP 12C since Grad School. Highly recommend.Published 20 days ago by Michael O'Hart
How can a 30+ year technological invention still be the "go to" tool? I am a finance guy. This tool is the best there is. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Michael M.
i've had an 12C for 25+years. these new ones made in china, mylasia, etc....are not the same in quality or tactile feel. Read morePublished 27 days ago by bryan
Singapore made and the 12C lasted over 20 year, but buy the Chinese made version and the display is shot after less than 2 years.Published 1 month ago by W. Kimmel