HP 50g Graphing Calculator
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- New display upgrade--the new HP 50g display features a 30% increase in usable space over the HP 49g+
- New powerful SD card slot allows you to format your card right in the calculator and expand memory
- Massive 2.5 MB total memory--512 KB RAM plus 2 MB flash ROM for performing future upgrades**
- New larger equation library and 2300+ built-in functions--ideal for both professionals and students
- The choice of efficient RPN, Textbook or Algebraic data entry
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|Dimensions||3.5 inches x 7.2 inches x 1 inches||1.34 inches x 7.8 inches x 6.06 inches||6 inches x 1 inches x 4 inches||0.55 inches x 7.18 inches x 3.38 inches|
|Item Package Weight||1.2 pounds||0.95 pounds||1.3 pounds||1.25 pounds|
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A large, high-contrast display clearly shows every important part of a formula, calculation, or graph.
The 50g boasts expansive memory, thanks to an SD card slot. View larger.
Powerful, Innovative Design For Fast, Accurate Computation
The 50g features easy-to-use, powerful tools that students and professionals can rely on for years of performance, including built-in graphing functions, constants, and applications. This calculator also offers built-in lessons and step-by-step problem solving examples to help illustrate abstract concepts. Choose between efficient RPN (Reverse Polish Notation), Textbook, or Algebraic data entry and rest assured that expansive memory (with SD card slot) means the 50g can handle even the most complex calculations. Graphing features include 2-D function, polar, and parametric plot, as well as 3-D, differential equation, and bar plot.
The 50g's large, high-contrast display with adjustable font type and size clearly shows every important part of a formula, calculation, or graph so you'll be able to clearly read and analyze your results. In addition, you can isolate and evaluate sub-expressions using the intelligent editor, while also cutting, pasting and copying objects as needed. Finally, the large equation library and over 2,300 built-in functions make this calculator ideal for both professionals and students.
What's in the Box
50G graphing calculator, batteries, user's manual, CD (connectivity software and advanced user's guide), USB cable, and premium pouch.
Top Customer Reviews
* The Controversy
If you google "TI v. HP" you can find dozens of discussions by partisans of both brands of
calculators arguing for the relative merits of the their favorite model. These days, the two models
under discussion are the TI-89 from Texas Instruments and the HP-50g from Hewlett-Packard. Almost
inevitably, the discussion goes straight into whether the Algebraic or RPN entry method is better.
I can summarize the argument pretty quickly: "RPN saves one or two keystrokes." "Maybe, but
Algebraic is easier to learn---it's just like the way you would write it." From there, someone might
mention the number of built in functions for each, 850 versus 820, or the speed of solving an
integral, 1.2 versus 1.1 seconds.
I find these arguments almost completely irrelevant to the things that draw me to a calculator, and
I tire at their repetition. I will put my cards on the table right now. I far prefer the HP50g for
reasons I will discuss in a second. I own a TI-89 and the really cooler TI-92 plus with the full
alphabetic keyboard, and they are both fantastic calculators. But the HP-50g is "fun" in a way
that's hard to explain in a post. It is *not* RPN, or at least not RPN in isolation from the whole
ecosystem of the HP-50g, that makes it fun.
* The Stack
I don't know why but the HP's stack hardly ever figures into these discussions, yet to me, it is the
indispensable facility of the HP-50g that gives it its elegance. You probably have some idea of what
a stack is, but if you don't the concept is easy, but powerful.Read more ›
**UPDATE - 10/14/06** One of the commands available, not documented in the 50g material, but documented for several earlier HP calculators, is a KEYTIME command. Quite simply, replacing the default keytime with "500" eliminates missed keystrokes. This corrects the problem I described above.
And now back to my original review:
First, the keypad issue has been addressed with this model, and each key has a feel that is similar to the HP41 - just about perfect for data entry without needing to look at the keypad. Now all that's necessary is for HP to return to the complex keys that allowed for print both on the top surface and the beveled edge; that would allow for some improvement in the user interface. But overall this is a major step forward from the HP49 line.
Next, the display is bright and legible with good contrast. These multiline displays still aren't quite as good as the single line displays from years past in terms of visibility at odd angles but we're coming close.Read more ›
Having said that, here is why I prefer the HP-50G:
1. First off, it offers both Algebraic and RPN modes natively.
2. The CAS is powerful and can be set up for step-by-step simplification (collection or expansion of terms).
3. RPL is a *LOT* more powerful and (again, in my humble opinion) simpler -- you can do a lot more with far fewer keystrokes than with TI's BASIC.
4. The SD Card slot is perfect for transferring programs and HP Objects between the calculator and the PC.
5. It has a built-in Equation Library, SysRPL, as well as an ARM Assembler/Disassembler and Saturn processor emulator. (Translation: it is a Geek's "Dream Machine". :)
There are many other reasons that I prefer the HP over the TI, but those are the highlights.
There are some neat "Easter Eggs" hidden in the HP as well, including a great Tetris game. (Run the Equation Writer application, click ALPHA-ALPHA to lock it, enter MINEISBETTER, click ALPHA to turn off the alpha lock, then click the up arrow and press SIMP (F6). All of the flags must be in their factory-release setting too.) Viola - Tetris!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
forty years ago, when i was in college, math, science, and business intellectuals lived and died for hewlett-packard calculators. Read morePublished 4 days ago by jeff in new england
This is an awesome calculator. I bought it for my son to help him learn calculus in high school, which he did very well (became Valedictorian and got a 4-year university... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Steve
The only complain i have is the build quality, the plastics are not great. I am coming from a casio fx-9750 and that thing is a tank. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
A great quality calculator in a perfect time. It reminds me my old HP48gx. Now I can go back to businessPublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Its not about TI vs HP, it's about build quality and design.
The HP50G is an excellent CAS calculator that carried me though all of my electrical engineering courses... Read more
The 50g calculator is several years young. The layout of the calculators was very well thought out. Graphing and calculus functions work great. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer