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Calculators have all but gone the way of the Dodo for most folks, but the busy folks at HP are not content to let that happen. They have produced not one but two calculators that fill all of the expected functions of a hand calculator, but […]

HP CalcPad 100Calculators have all but gone the way of the Dodo for most folks, but the busy folks at HP are not content to let that happen. They have produced not one but two calculators that fill all of the expected functions of a hand calculator, but they also plug into a PC via USB. Once plugged in, the CalcPad 100 and 200 then become dedicated number pads, which makes them a useful tool for notebook users. That’s not enough for HP, however, so they also have put extra USB ports on the CalcPads to turn them into USB hubs.

That’s pretty inventive, producing a simple gadget that does multiple tasks for the mobile professional. The CalcPad 100 is only $19.99 and in addition to the functions mentioned also can “Launch Microsoft Word®, Excel®, HP CalcPad calculator software, or clear your PC desktop, with a single button.” The CalcPad 200 is $29 but adds a more powerful calculator and the ability to view the calculator display on the PC. In spite of the headline neither CalcPad actually functions as a pizza pan. We’re just funnin’ ya.

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  1. Hey, I’ve always wanted something like this product evokes, a scientific calculator keyboard with larger keys tied to software running on a computer. Only this is such a crippled implementation ( cheap keyboard keys, not enough buttons, no decent calc software) that I am upset HP launched this as a product. At one point I thought about using one of my HP-48GX (which can be programmed to put out key presses to its built-in serial port) as keyboard to a hacked emulation of the same calculator (called EMU48) running on my laptop. This means I would have the benefit of a large display with copy and paste into other apps without having to click on the virtual keyboard of the emulator. Never found the time to implement this though.

  2. Hey, I’ve always wanted something like this product evokes, a scientific calculator keyboard with larger keys tied to software running on a computer. Only this is such a crippled implementation ( cheap keyboard keys, not enough buttons, no decent calc software) that I am upset HP launched this as a product. At one point I thought about using one of my HP-48GX (which can be programmed to put out key presses to its built-in serial port) as keyboard to a hacked emulation of the same calculator (called EMU48) running on my laptop. This means I would have the benefit of a large display with copy and paste into other apps without having to click on the virtual keyboard of the emulator. Never found the time to implement this though.
    Ooops, should have mentioned good post! Waiting on the next post!

  3. I’d like one of these for my apple!

  4. I got something similar to this, a Canon calculator that also works as a USB keypad.

    One thing to watch, mine only works with Num Lock switched on, which on my NC8000 means you also get numbers off the keys on the main keyboard, so it was useless.

    I’ve still got it somewhere, still in it’s box.

    Alan.

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