Upgraded keypad

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tgray
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Upgraded keypad

Post by tgray »

Congrats on the release of the DM41x. Personally I’m not particularly interested as the DM42 is wonderful - I never used any of the original HP calcs so I’m not attached to any specific model.

However I did notice the new DM41x has an upgraded and improved keypad. Will a retrofit be available for first run DM42s?
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Yes. We're not yet sure exactly what it will include because we're looking at multiple options depending on how technically savvy people are (it's not as simple as just swapping out a piece of plastic somewhere) and we're fixing various dead links on the website first, so it won't be available for a few weeks yet.

But yes, there will be something to allow users of older gen keyboards to improve them.
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Post by tgray »

Great!
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Post by reavy »

Do new DM42 units that are shipping today include an upgraded keypad?
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Post by Dan Simpson »

reavy wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 4:59 pm
Do new DM42 units that are shipping today include an upgraded keypad?
I am expecting one any day now. I will let you know when it arrives.
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Post by metawops »

grsbanks wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 9:28 am
But yes, there will be something to allow users of older gen keyboards to improve them.
Awesome!! Which space should I observe to stay in the loop? This forum? The SwissMicros website? A Newsletter? Something else?
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Post by johanw »

How do I know if I have an old or a new keyboard? My DM42 has serial number 05370, is that sufficient information to tell?
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Post by gmac42 »

I just got my DM41X and the new keyboard is indeed a huge improvement.
However, unfortunately the XEQ key doesn't always work. When I press it lightly, I can make it click without the keystroke registering. Pressing it a little harder works, though. All the other keys are working perfectly.

Should I send the calculator back or is there something I can try to fix it first?
I don't mind taking it apart, but I don't want to void the warranty just yet. :-)

EDIT: I got impatient and just cleaned under the metal domes, and now everything works fine.
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Post by Dan Simpson »

I just got my new DM42. Shipped on Sept. 16 and received in Arizona on Oct. 3.

I got the updated keyboard! :) The printing on the keys looks bigger and there is a nice texture on the keys.
The key action definitely feels different. I have had no skipped key presses after just a few minutes of playing around.
I will report back after I put it into regular use for a while.

It looks good so far.
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Post by FHSPSU67 »

Are the characters on the keys painted bright yellow rather than orangish as displayed on this site? Thank you!
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