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## Why is the HP 15C so expensive?

If I could get a 15C for $100, I'd probably jump on it. Nice solid machine in a compact package.  Quote by hatelove What if I want both? I haven't seen any Android/iPhone calculator apps that can match the functionality of an advanced scientific calculator and are significantly cheaper than one. I've used some clones before, but they're incredibly buggy. As far as functional density+longevity goes, I don't see anything better than the 15C (fits in your pocket, don't need to recharge every day (my iPhone4S doesn't even last 12 hours with my volume of usage). If the 35s was about an inch smaller, it would be probably be the best, but it's still an inch too big for my tastes. HP actually makes an 35s (their current top of the line scientific) and 15c (their classic favorite scientific) apps, although they are windows and iPhone only at the moment. I am not sure what the cost is.  Quote by turbo If I could get a 15C for$100, I'd probably jump on it. Nice solid machine in a compact package.
HP is selling them for $129 right now from their website and this website is selling them for$100.

 Quote by vociferous HP is selling them for $129 right now from their website and this website is selling them for$100.
And they're now $100 and in stock on HP's Home and Home Office web site. Fantastic calculator for the price, IMO. This article might explain why it's been in held such high regard for so long. Original HP-15C calculators have been going for serious money so it's nice HP has re-issued it for a reasonable price.  Recognitions: Gold Member I just ordered one from HP. I don't need all the functionality, but it's a present to myself. I love RPN, BTW.  Also, a very inexpensive option right now, if you just need basic scientific functions (no complex numbers, matrices, and such) is the HP-30b. They can be had for about$20 on Amazon. They're financial calculators but also have trig and log functions. The inverse trig functions are hidden in a menu but can be programmed to be called from a keystroke. These guys have completely re-written the firmware to make a full-fledged scientific calculator out of it, too. I have one 30b "stock" and one re-purposed into a WP-34S.
 Recognitions: Gold Member Also, you can use this coupon code: SVG6474 For $10 off your order if you order from HP  Recognitions: Gold Member I would have to believe that there is a niche market for the shirt pocket calculator, that know one could copy 30 years later.Although for around$10 you can get an emulator that does 99% of what the original does. Yes I love the 15c, both original and limited edition, and the 12c as I use it daily in business. Why is it so expensive, because since it has been discontinued, no one has been able to replace it and engineers and scientists have been clamping for it ever since. Same thing with the 12c, nothing compares to it for day to day uses. Yes there are more powerful, but they donot fit in the shirt pocket...
 Recognitions: Gold Member I love my 15C. Don't need the advanced functions, but it is so so compact and handy...
 Monday, October 1, 2012 A little over a month ago I discovered a site that has credit-card-sized clones of the HP-15C (plus the others in that 10-series). I ordered their clone of the 15C and it is very impressive. It's a little over 7mm thick, has a display that is actually a bit larger than the HP-15C. And I was surprised that it's very easy to press each key without pressing the keys next to the one you want. Their site is at http://www.rpn-calc.ch/ . And, their price is cheaper than the HP. Even easier to carry in a shirt pocket than the HP.
 Be careful. I bought the rerun of the 12C when they released it and it's not like the original. The keys are cheapened and they don't have that classic hp feel. You have to sometimes look to see if your keystroke registered. I hope the 15C is better because I was disappointed.
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 I bought a HP-11C app for my iPhone, and I'm impressed with it. It seems a good alternative for anyone who carries a smart phone around anyway. There are good HP-12 and HP-15 apps as well. Also, the price is cheaper. For example, my HP-11C app was $9.99.  The i41CX app for the iPhone is as close to a perfect replica of the 41CV as you can get and it's far less than$100. I own a real 15C but I no longer use it- the iPhone 41CX is just too good and too convenient.