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inexpensive HP 39gs calculators from AliExpress working great for newRPL
04-03-2021, 02:50 AM
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inexpensive HP 39gs calculators from AliExpress working great for newRPL
I decided to pick up a few HP 39gs calaculators from AliExpress to run newRPL. Of course, I needed a spare or two for myself, and another 3 will turn into christmas gifts later this year. I figured that I was rolling the dice on what was actually going to show up. There were a bunch of different vendors selling the things for around $17-$25 each, represented as "new". Some reviews seemed to dispute the "newness" of these products.

So, I figured that I'd give it a shot -- the one 39gs I have that came from eBay was "used" and in pretty good shape, other than the zero key being a little "soft."

Well, I was pleasantly surprised! The 5 that I ordered arrived today; each in a plastic bag with the sliding cover and a short USB cable. I've only opened one so far, but it looks to be in unused condition, with maybe a tiny scuff mark on the sliding case possible from these things rubbing against each other.

Comparing it to the HP 39gs that I have, it sure looks the same. The texture of the plastic and coloring looks the same. The big difference is that the ones that I received do not have a serial number sticker present.

I was able to load newRPL on it and cursory tests confirm that it seems to be working. The calculator was not shipped with any batteries; the CR2032 memory backup battery is also not present. This was expected.

They arrived wrapped up nicely in a bunch of bubble wrap in a shipping bag. I used the vendor called "SunshineDigital Store". Maybe this information might be useful to some who might be thinking about picking one of these up. Past results may not predict future performance. :-)

Behold, with one of them running newRPL:

   
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