|Item Weight||1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||6 x 3 x 1 inches|
|Item model number||HP12C|
|Batteries||1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)|
|Number of Items||1|
|Size||5 x 3 1/8|
|Manufacturer Part Number||HP12C|
HP 12C Financial Calculator
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- Calculator with 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)
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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
- Pocket size
- Thorough and simple instruction manual
- Competitive price
- Calculates more slowly than modern machines
Calculator, user's manual, installed batteries and carrying case
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
There are other calculators available from HP such as the 10B for about a third the price and the 17B for about the same price. The 10B is inferior to the 12C and I see little reason to buy it. The 17B has greater functionality than the 12C, but I feel it is harder to master, harder to navigate, and it does not fit in a shirt pocket. However, the 17B does allow users to work in standard algebraic or RPN modes. The 12 works only in RPN (Reverse Polish Notation) which can be difficult to get used to. For example using RPN to add 1 and 2 you enter 1 <Enter key> 2 <Plus key>. In simple algebraic notation the key sequence is 1 <Plus key> 2 <= or enter key>.Read more ›
So why is the HP-12C still around, virtually unchanged from its introduction in the 80's? Because Finance people are VERY conservative, and they just kept buying the 12C because that's what their mentors used, that's what classes were teaching with, and that's where the most help and information is available. They simply ignored newer, fancier models of financial calculators because the 12C already worked so well that nobody needed or wanted anything better! Sure, they're imported these days instead of being made in the USA as the original units were, but the design is unchanged. The packaging has changed, but the user manual has not.
This calculator is a classic, destined to remain with us for many years...
I hope HP gives plenty of notice before discontinuing this calculator. I'll buy another just in case mine breaks in a decade or two. END
The HP12C Platinum offers three features that are improvements over the HP12C (which has a gold faceplate and which I recommend): slightly faster processing (though you won't notice the speed difference versus the current "gold" version of the HP12C), more functions (which nobody I know ever uses), and the ability to use standard notation as well as reverse Polish notation (but RPN is easly to learn and much more efficient).
The "gold" version (marketed as the HP12C without the word Platinum) offers only one advantage over the Platinums, much better manufacturing quality. When you press a key on the "gold," you can feel a click when the keystroke registers; the Platinum lacks this tactile feedback. As a result, it's easy to miss a keystroke with a Platinum (I've done it a lot) but nearly impossible with a "gold."
My bottom line is that I can't afford errors, so any calculator that is prone to errors in entering the numbers is worse than useless. If the HP12C Platinum were built as solidly as the HP12C, I would have given it five stars, but it's not, so I haven't. I strongly recommend buying an HP12C with the gold faceplate (the product you're looking at now).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not near as good as the original. The keys stick both up and down. Cheap keyboard. Made in China. Still does the operations but sometimes need to re-do them due to keys sticking. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by John
Just had my HP 12c fail on me after 15 months of use. There's only a 1 year warranty on it, so it's landfill now. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mike Smith
I purchased a HP12C Financial Calculator on November 30,2014. It is 1 year and 8 months old and no longer works. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
my THIRD attempt at this piece of garbage. each one displays pr error after a short time. my orig from the 80's lasted 20 years. hp is toiletPublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this to replace a unit I have had for years. A great little calculator.Published 7 days ago by Josh Anderson
I would give this 0 stars if I could. My father has had an original HP12c since the early 80's, and it still works perfectly. This is not that calculator! Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Like clockwork, and as many other users have reported, the screen of the unit I purchased broke after 18 months of light use, and the calculator is now out of warranty. Read morePublished 23 days ago by JM