My Calculator DM42 ist arrived ;-)

Discussion around the Swiss Micros DM42 calculator.
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Re: My Calculator DM42 ist arrived ;-)

Post by zooropa1844 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:58 pm

Thank you, sirs. Maybe then the ON should be written in white to keep the color logic of the keyboard. It's kind of misleading to picture it in yellow.

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Re: My Calculator DM42 ist arrived ;-)

Post by Walter » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:55 pm

zooropa1844 wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:58 pm
... then the ON should be written in white to keep the color logic of the keyboard. It's kind of misleading to picture it in yellow.
1 + (Edit: white print is used for the alphabet already, so you have this color available at zero cost)
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Re: My Calculator DM42 ist arrived ;-)

Post by grsbanks » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:41 am

zooropa1844 wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:58 pm
Thank you, sirs. Maybe then the ON should be written in white to keep the color logic of the keyboard. It's kind of misleading to picture it in yellow.
Pressing [SHIFT] before a key gives you the function that is written above the key, not simply the function written in yellow :)
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Re: My Calculator DM42 ist arrived ;-)

Post by rprosperi » Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:21 am

zooropa1844 wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:58 pm
Thank you, sirs. Maybe then the ON should be written in white to keep the color logic of the keyboard. It's kind of misleading to picture it in yellow.
Checking a real HP-42S, as I presume it's ON label is also yellow, I find it's.... not. It's white (maybe silver), so yeah...

Though it's not really a problem IMHO. How long do you suppose a DM42 owner would be puzzled and not sure how to turn it on before trying. And after the first time, well then he/she knows.
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Re: My Calculator DM42 ist arrived ;-)

Post by Walter » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:10 am

Well, it's all about consistency and coherence, isn't it? (I hate to repeat myself.) ;)

Edit: Note I had to edit my post viewtopic.php?f=2&t=267&p=3631#p3631 above since I made an error.
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Re: My Calculator DM42 ist arrived ;-)

Post by grsbanks » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:41 pm

Walter wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:55 pm
1 + (Edit: white print is used for the alphabet already, so you have this color available at zero cost)
That must be a subtle difference between the beta units and the production units (I don't have a production unit). The alphabet on my key bezel is yellow.
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Re: My Calculator DM42 ist arrived ;-)

Post by toml_12953 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:50 pm

gruensucher wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:57 pm
Hello!

Small problem, yellow button does not always respond, this would be essential.
Hardware is okay. Can only be software!?
Does anyone else have the problem too?

Sorry, my English is not good to write, reading is okay.



Mr. Steinmann reply me, will first type a lot!
This is an absolutely fine calculator!
My old 42 retired in purely.

bye dirk
Did you disassemble the unit and look at the frame in which the keys sit? There could be plastic flash in some of the key holes.
This was discussed in the beta forum some time ago.
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Re: My Calculator DM42 ist arrived ;-)

Post by pyridine » Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:16 pm

I received mine 2 days ago, just wanted to thank everybody involved in this great project, SwissMicros people first and foremost !

Yes some keys need more pressure (key "5" on my DM42...) but I expect that disassembling and cleaning the keyboard pad should help... I shall leave time do its purpose first, before tweaking the hardware :| ...

I am impressed by the sturdiness of the beast, it is solid, rigid, and heavy ! Not a tank, but an intrinsec robustness, and not just because some metal plate added inside (as they do in remote controls :P ) - You feel the swiss qualität !

The most annoying part is the pouch, it is so tight I cannot put the calculator back into it... I am using my old HP11C as a nug fit to "loosen" up the pouch... really a minor problem, but maybe for future batches you shoud increase the width by 1-2 mm... (and add a nice SwissMicros logo on it ?)
NB the internal pading is all wrinkled, is it normal ? again, not a problem.

Well, I have to spent some time working with the beast now, instead of complaining... :)

Thanks for all !

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Re: My Calculator DM42 ist arrived ;-)

Post by Walter » Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:58 pm

grsbanks wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:41 pm
Walter wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:55 pm
1 + (Edit: white print is used for the alphabet already, so you have this color available at zero cost)
That must be a subtle difference between the beta units and the production units (I don't have a production unit). The alphabet on my key bezel is yellow.
That must be a subtle difference between various beta units (I don't have a production unit). The alphabet on my key bezel is white and I'm happy with this choice.
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Re: My Calculator DM42 ist arrived ;-)

Post by rprosperi » Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:13 pm

Walter wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:58 pm
grsbanks wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:41 pm
That must be a subtle difference between the beta units and the production units (I don't have a production unit). The alphabet on my key bezel is yellow.
That must be a subtle difference between various beta units (I don't have a production unit). The alphabet on my key bezel is white and I'm happy with this choice.
My beta unit (00071) also has yellow alphabet characters, I did not know there were different colors used among the beta units, presumably all from the same batch.

Can someone with a production unit please post a large, clear photo of the front for us folks in distant lands not lucky enough to have received ours yet. Best case is someone with both beta and production units showing both side-by-side.

Thanks
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