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HP Prime Graphing Calculator

by HP

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  • Touchscreen Graphical Calculator
  • Computer Algebra System (CAS) Software
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Technical Details
Model NumberB1S
Item Weight227 g
Product Dimensions18.2 x 8.6 x 1.4 cm
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Manufacturer Part NumberNW280AA
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 17,974 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight662 g
Date First Available30 Sep 2013
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Product Description

The HP Prime is the evolution of handheld calculating in a sleek, slim, brushed metal design that looks great and performs even better. Enjoy a feature-rich calculating experience with familiar HP keypad and a large 3.5-inch diagonal, multi-touch display and with the Advanced Graphing app, you can plot what other calculators cannot. Graph virtually anything in X and Y including inequalities and conic sections by simply entering the expression and pressing plot. You also get an integrated tool suite; HP Equation Writer supports multiple linear and nonlinear equation solving whilst HP Solve is time-saving application that allows you to store equations and solve for variables. Explore maths concepts with Dynamic Geometry, CAS (computerised algebra system) and spreadsheet applications. With the HP Prime you can easily switch between symbolic,graphical, and numerical table views of any mathematical expression with dedicated buttons. Save time and keystrokes with RPN and programmable functions, and see intermediate results while you work and For the first time ever each and every function can be turned on or off to tailor this calculator specifically for classroom or exam use. Now you can have the power of computerised algebra in the classroom whilst restricting its use in the exam room.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. P. Long TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Feb 2014
I'm a long-time fan of HP's calculators - I have two 20-year old HP-48G models (one for home, one for work) which get used on a daily basis and are still going strong. (In those days, HP built calculators to last a lifetime!) HP have gone through many ups and downs since the days of the HP-48, but the Prime looked interesting enough to be worth a try.

First impressions are reasonable - the build quality is fine, if not up to the tank-like standards of the old days. The keys have a decent feel, although again, not quite as solid as on the classic HP calcs of old. The touchscreen is clear and readable, but the anti-aliasing on the fonts could do with some work - rather than looking smooth, they just look a bit blurry!

In terms of power, this vies with the TI Nspire CAS calculators for the crown - very similar in terms of functionality and speed. The integrated computer algebra system is incredibly powerful, doing the sort of operations that would have required a PC package like Mathematica 20 years ago. There's a wide range of graphing tools and solvers, and for us old-timers, the USP compared to the Nspire - yes, you can use RPN on the HP.

But... I have to say that usability is nowhere near as good as on HPs of old. First of all, there is the bewildering range of apps and modes. The algebra system is very poorly integrated - it's essentially a separate application that looks like the main screen, which supports a range of different functions (and, unlike the main screen, doesn't support RPN entry).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Gromble on 9 Mar 2014
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quite a well thought out calculator. RPN (the main reason anyone used to buy a HP calculator) isn't implemented throughout the design which is disappointing. How and when you can use it isn't explained at all well so unless you are prepared to experiment, you may give up on it except for the most basic calculator work. I suspect the main reason for this is the difficulty of writing an editor to display entries made in RPN as text book (that or the power consumed whilst continually updating the display). Perhaps in future?

something that seems to have gone is the ability to display vector fields that the HP49 or HP50 could do. I'll be hanging on to mine for that reason.

the calculator also implements units so that you can be sure that the answers you get are suitably dimensioned, and scaled. unfortunately, that seems to be a half measure that will only help in the simplest of circumstances. functions (including equations) don't seem to have the facility to handle dimensioned parameters so the advantages of units are completely lost here.

plotting complicated equations such as maxwell's distribution suffers from some issues. the default ranges just don't do the job and you have to put quite a bit of work in to establish sensible values (or have a very good idea what to use to start with).

This calculator is, not surprisingly, hard on the battery. If you use it regularly, expect to be charging it up a lot. If not, be aware you may need to charge it up before you use it as it doesn't seem to hold its charge for more than a few weeks.

if it weren't for these niggles, i'd love it. it's easy to see how useful it can be for exploring maths as long as you don't push it too hard or wander too far from the curriculum. within those bounds, it's utterly superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Phipps on 5 Nov 2014
I bought the calculator direct from HP after being 'wowed' by all the features on offer, but I have been quite disappointed by the reality. After a couple of months of use, it has now been relegated to my drawer. Why? Read on.

#### THE GOOD ####

- Lots of features
- Nice build quality
- Long battery
- Quick at plotting graphs
- Touch screen looks cool
- Most of the functions you will use regularly have their own key (unlike the TI nSpire)

#### THE BAD ####

- Glitchy
- No documentation (anywhere)
- Missing some obvious features
- Differentiating between CAS and normal is a bit weird

#### THE UGLY ####

First, quite a number of those features that I was looking forward to have dissapeared after software updates. For example plotting data from the spreadsheet application. The calculator's inbuilt help menu tells you to press a button, but you just get an orange error icon pop up. No plotting for me.

Another rather simple issue, is that I can't get it to give me answers in terms of pi unless I'm in the CAS mode, which I will have to disable for exam purposes. My Casio scientific calc does this by default, and it is really important to me - working with decimals all the time is horribly inaccurate.

If you are planning on purchasing for use with the HP StreamSmart datalogger, don't. HP staff don't seem to know that the product even exists, let alone how to get hold of one.

Although the touch screen is nice, the interface has really not been optimised for it, and you will find yourselves only using it for the soft-keys on the bottom of the screen. All navigation is better done with the buttons.
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