Yes, I just bought an HP50G even though I just bought an HP49G+
recently. I wanted the serial feature, the darker color, and the main
difference: to finally be able to load "specific" software that
doesn't have me guessing if a 49G program will crash on my 49G+, etc.
Also, I wanted a calculator to match Debug4X <g>.
The color is a lot darker than expected. I thought it would be a
48GX-brown, but it's pretty black. I love the color orange, so the
white and orange of the keys and lables makie that nice for me.
Styling wse, it looks kind of "clunky" compared to the "curves" of the
49G+ (due to the color variations). Since I'm turning 40 in August
and developing a little belly (7 years of relationship), the 50G looks
more like "me" than the somewhat girlish 49G+.
The 50G screen has a small white speck up by the annunciator icon
that drives me crazy. My partner says he can't really see it, but my
eye goes straight there. This is not a general calculator "feature."
It just happens to be on mine.
The left edge of the display cover seems a bit misaligned and jagged.
It drives me nuts, but I may be able to get used to the cosmetic
stuff. Again, this may not be on everyone's device.
The keyboard is similar to the 620 series HP49G+, although a bit
softer. It feels good. It's not as loud as the 49G+, but both are
The 50G's display contrast is actually better than the 49G+, even
though the serial number for the 50G indicates that it was built
*before* the 49G+ <g>. The 49G+ has a color wash of semi-contrasted
pixels at a useable contrast setting, where the 50G's contrast can be
turned down to about 4 for a totally B/W usable screen. Side-by-side,
the 50G's display is a lot darker (more black color) than the somewhat
washed-out, blueish?, display of the 49G+. I'm very happy with the
display of the 50G. For some reason, the 50G's display "looks" bigger
physically than the 49G+'s display. Could be the black styling.
Going into the purchase, I thought that 512k RAM was an increase over
the 49G+, but it's not. They both have about the same of RAM.
I prefer the 50G's PDF reference manual and have loaded that into my
VGA PDA. It is perfectly readable on the VGA device and should be a
great reference. As an aside, I called my local FedEx-Kinko's to find
out how much it would cost to get the manual and the 49G+ AUR printed
and bound and it was about $200. Ouch! I'm using my 48GX printed AUR
and my PDA.
Since my initial want was for the serial port (to replace my 48GX,
which is still in perfect working condition, just a bit slow),
searching through the 880+ page manual yielded ONE instance of the
word "serial." It basically said it could be done. Thanks,
With both calcs in-hand, Doug and I can play IR "battleship" while
sitting across from each other on the train to Vancouver. It was
worth every penny.
That's a weird argument provided that the 50G and 49G+ run the same
firmware and any application running on the 49g+ will run just the same
on the 50g...
So you will always have to "guess" as you wrote
More expensive? If you don't have any calculator already is just more
for less... it's not *directly* a upgrade, is a complete new product...
you can't plug new functions/fixes in your actual hp49g+ :-(
the 2 screen are from the same manufacturer and have the same part
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I understand that. When I wrote that I was thinking in my mind that
something would be laid-out at hpcalc.org that better seperated the
49g+ and 50G. When I look now, I see a little icon that says "49G" as
a tooltip, and some of the programs that I install on my 49g+/50g
don't get along very well.
I'm not always the best communicator <f>. In hindsight, I wish I
could just delete the whole post.
Yup, it's the same thing. BUT, it has '232, which means it now can
replace my HP48GX! That's what the money's for.
I like the keyboard okay. Also, the screen has better contrast than
the 49g+, but it may be a production run thing?
I don't know if it's a production run; I'll see if I can take a
picture of both screens. Perhaps HP just pulls parts out of a bin
that go to both calcs? Clearly, the HP50g screen (for me) has much
better contrast than the 49g+.
Then, with the calculator screen in normal stack mode, it appeared
that the 50g's screen was darker than the 49g+ and I believe that's
the case, but when I turn the 49g+ down to 04, there's actually fewer
"bias" pixels (my words, I don't know what else to call them) on the
49g+, which some could interpret as being better cotrast? IMO, the
50g's screen is definitely more "black," but it seems to come at a
price of more bias pixels.
Not sure if I can capture the difference with digital media, but I'll
try to post a representaive picture so I don't have to spend 1,000
words to describe it <g>.
The serial # of my 50G is CNA 618...
The serial # of my 49G+ is CNA 452...
Here's a photoo of both screens at minimum contrast. The 50g appears
darker for the given contrast, although side-by-side at higher levels,
the 50g may have more "bias" pixels, even though it's a bit darker
than the 49g+.
My 49G+ s/n is 620+ and my HP50G s/n is 618+.
>So did the 50g come with two sets of cables, one USB and on Serial?
Only USB. Someone posted a picture of a mini-USB B but I'm still not
sure what the "formal" cable definition is for the 50g.
However, I believe these are production run variations. Also, I used
my 49g+ quite heavily outdoors, so maybe the sunlight altered its
screen color somewhat.
Yes, the 50g screen has a red tint in the photo. You can copy the
photo into a graphics program and move the 50g screen next to the 49G+
screen to see the difference.
the LCD level setup has slightly changed and is now calibrated in the
factory, so level 7 one calculator does not always correspond exactly to the
same thing on another calculator.
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