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5.0 out of 5 stars The only one calculator you'll ever need, November 5, 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: HP 12C Financial Calculator (Office Product)
Why would you buy a 1980's calculator? Because it provides the best combination of form and function.
While other calculators have gone high-end and become curiosities of mathematics and graphics, HP's customers do not want to let go of the 12-C, despite the fact that HP has more powerful calculators at a slightly larger price. Here's why I think:
Just the right set of features. The average Joe using a financial calculator needs no more than the HP-12C provides.
Sturdy and strong. The keys have a wonderful feel.
Fits in a shirt pocket.
Very reliable. They've had two decades to iron out any bugs.
Large user base. Most financial courses will use this as the calculator of choice
Buy this calculator, if you need a financial calculator. You will not regret it -- I daresay that it will still be around when your kids need their own calculators.
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Initial post: Feb 1, 2011 1:28:16 PM PST
I'm in total agreement I've just worn out my second hp12c 50 years of using what a value

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 8:57:13 AM PDT
BS says:
You're right, its a great calculator. I used one, well 2 since I lost one, back when I was talking college accounting courses. I also used it when buying cars, to figure out payments at different interest rates. Funny how the finance guys at car dealers faces would pale when I whipped out my 12c and started going over figures, lol. Not surprised they are still being used now and still being required for some courses. I think the price is the same I payed 25 years ago which means its cheaper today (1986 price in today's dollars) due to inflation...something you could figure to the exact amount with your 12c! lol

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 4:13:58 PM PST
MJU says:
I found one of these outside in the mud. It was scratched up, had a dent, and the logo was missing. I replaced the batteries and it still worked!

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 6:20:33 AM PDT
Scrivener says:
A timeless classic. I misplaced mine in 2005 during a house move and immediately bought another one. On a day in July, 2013 I discovered the misplaced one buried at the bottom of a box in my garage, uncased and with some weighty stuff piled on top of it. I hit the on-off button, and voila, it worked!

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 5:48:21 AM PDT
V. Goehring says:
I agree! I've been using the HP 12C in my various jobs since 1986 and have found it's dependable and reliable. The 12C I am currently using I purchased in 1999 and it's still going strong. Good product

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 6:01:29 AM PDT
David Wesley says:
I agree with the comments to a point, and HP does make the best financial calculators. However, some of the newer HP models have added functionality, precision, and speed that make them worth considering. The HP-30B Business Professional Calculator is a good example.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 10:24:06 PM PDT
I agree. The 12c is awesome. I just wish I could replace my old 15c scientific that I left at EWR a few years back..... (without paying $500!)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2014 1:05:46 PM PDT
Your car dealership experience mirrors the sales forces' usual reaction, when I whipped out the 12C; what fun! A reliable tool with a sturdy appearance

Posted on Mar 16, 2015 12:49:56 PM PDT
martinko says:
Wonder why the HP 12c calculator can be downloaded on any apple product, but if you have an HP laptop or hP tower computer, no way to download the product. Say so much about Hewlett Packard and how they have lost their earlier edge
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