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Hewlett-Packard HP Quick Calc

Date of introduction:  June 11, 2008 Display technology:  LCD
New price:   Display size:  8
Size:  1.7" x 4.6" x 0.60"
 44 x 118 x 15 mm3
   
Weight:  1.6 ounces, 46 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  LR54 Date of manufacture:  mth 04 year 2009
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  China
Precision:  8 Integrated circuits:  
Memories:  1    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

We assume that Hewlett Packard's CEO in 2008, Mark Hurd, was deeply impressed by Canon's "Think Smart. Think Green" initiative marketing "green" calculators that have been manufactured using recycled materials from end-of-life Canon photocopiers. Even without industrial espionage it was supposably well-known that both Casio and Texas Instruments were on the verge of introducing their first graphing calculators with full color, backlit display. As a matter of fact took it both companies till 2011 to introduce the Prizm and respectively Nspire CX.

Right in the middle in saving some small money to aquire EDS in 2008, 3Com in 2009 and Palm in 2010, the requirements for the ultimate calculator were pretty simple:

Full color, including green.
   
    The HP Quick Calc is available in four colors: bronze, green, pink, silver:

Follow the footsteps of the famous HP-41C calculator introduced in 1979.
   
    The HP Quick Calc supports alphanumeric capabilities in two languanges:
    English:

    and


    German:

Make it stylish, compact, easy to use and ...
   
    The HP Quick Calc is magnetic:

Dismantling the HP Quick Calc reveals once again that Hewlett Packard calculators are from a different world. We had to remove no less than 10 (!) screws to remove the cover of the housing to locate even a mold with a smiley!


 

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If you have additions to the above article please email: joerg@datamath.org.

Joerg Woerner, April 1, 2011. No reprints without written permission.