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Voyager series 2nd edition discussion thread
11-04-2014, 04:41 AM (This post was last modified: 11-05-2014 01:31 AM by Joseph_21sv.)
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RE: Voyager series 2nd edition discussion thread
(11-02-2014 11:17 AM)Thomas Radtke Wrote:  What are your dislikes about the 15C? IMO it is as perfect as it can be, given the limitations (display, no menus, space for instructions about hidden features on the back). I wouldn't want it to be any different.

For the record, I really have no dislikes about the 15C such as it is except that Swiss Micros is “screwing the pooch” all over again with the alphanumeric display of the DM-15 which, apart from the expanded memory option, is a firmware clone of it. But it has been 25 years—forever from a technological point of view—since HP discontinued the 11C, 15C and 16C and now most scientific calculators have at least one line of alphanumeric display—invariably dot matrix—and they use it/them, among other not necessarily programming purposes, to display algebraic expressions as they are typed into a compiler or written on paper. In fact, these calculators—especially those which may explicitly use variables for storing algebraic expressions—effectively blur the line between programmable and non-programmable calculators. Maybe I really should have assumed a full alphanumeric display in the OP, but what if somebody has really good reasons for designing a second edition of the series with a “strict” numeric display? Stranger—after a manner of speaking—things have happened. Anyway, the point of this thread is not that it is a space to air dislikes about the Voyager series—outside of that only the 12C still goes on surviving in spite of the 10C, 11C, 15C and 16C all being so long discontinued, of course—but rather one to air visions of a modern version of it/speculations about what might have been an HP-issued second edition of it. So, once again, here are the questions from the OP (assuming RPN programmables and keeping in account that the point of this thread is not airing dislikes about the Voyager series—you hardly have any anyway—but rather ideas of what might have been HP’s second edition of it if—as is most likely—they had updated the technology of its hardware):
1. Are they portrait or landscape orientation?
2. How bulky are they?
3. How alphanumeric are their displays? If any has a “strict” numeric display, why does it have one?
4. Does the 10C, 12C or 16C have a separate second edition? If the 12C or 16C do(es) not, do any of its/their features make it into the series?
5. How large is the memory of each calculator?
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