Today marks the 30th birthday of the HP 12c Financial Calculator.
HP is possibly in their biggest transformation in their history. PC unit is going to spin off and focus is going towards enterprise software. One thing that never changed in over 30 years is the HP financial calculator. Good thing that HP did not axe calculators like they did with their webOS devices. To celebrate the 30 years of the HP 12c, HP releases a special anniversary edition. Each calculator has a unique production number laser-etched on the back, and is sold in an elegant gift box. It features the same timeless design and durability of the original. The 12c calculator remains a vital tool in the lives of finance and business professionals, and is one of only two calculators permitted for use during financial professional certification exams.
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1981 was a historic year with the launch of the space shuttle Columbia, popularization of the personal computer and the release of a calculator so iconic that 30 years later we’re selling the same model,” said Phil McKinney, vice president and chief technology officer, Personal Systems Group, HP. “It’s too bad we can’t calculate how many deals were decided, trades transacted and loans granted with the assistance of the 12c.”
HP also reintroduced the HP 15c Scientific Calculator, first launched in 1982. The 15c is one the most advanced scientific calculators in the HP line-up and an essential tool for scientists and engineers. Also featuring RPN entry, the 15c is programmable and offers built in support for complex numbers, matrix math, numeric integration and root solving.
Discontinued in 1989, the HP 15c has lived on as a mobile app. For a limited time, HP is making the 15c available with its same intelligent design, but with 100 times faster processing speed than the original.
The HP 12c Financial Calculator is available now at HP Home & Home Office for $79.99.
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The HP 15c Scientific Calculator is expected to be available at HP Home & Home Office this month for $99.99.