HP 12c Platinum Financial Calculator
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HP 12c Platinum Financial Calculator

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  • Key Size: Regular
  • Type: Financial
  • Display Type: Regular
  • Power Source: Battery
  • Digit Display: 10 Digits
  • Size: Handheld
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Vital for finance and academic life

byWisaeman Apr 7, 2010
Helpful? 1 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Easy to Use, Good Value, Great Design
Cons none

I study economics, and the first thing that I made was buy my 12c, its very easy to use, and handle all financial and statistics functions to start in this world. The commands are intuitive and easy to remember later. There is not doubt that is the best ever financial calculator in 80s and 90s, and... Read full review »


HP 12C algebraic mode and '=' sign

bysupercharts Feb 27, 2007
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Excellent for loans, Real Estate, Bonds, Stocks, Mutual Funds, Retirement Planning.
Cons Takes 20 minutes to understand RPN.
Recommended it? Yes

I don't know how all the previous reviews missed this but you can choose either Algebraic or RPN and the HP 12C does have an = sign (it's on the enter key). The manual which comes with the HP 12C gives examples in both RPN and Algebraic modes.

My profession is that of a Licensed... Read full review »


HP12C Financial Calculator

bydiane888 Feb 14, 2007
12 Helpfuls 13 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Many functions that are great for figuring out mortgages, IRRs, NPVs, etc
Cons Not especially easy to use or figure out, old ugly design
Recommended it? Yes

If you are an MBA student or would like to pretend to be one, then the HP12C Financial Calculator is the one for you. You are almost looked down upon in school and the finance industry if you don't own one of these puppies. This seems to be a pretty great calculator. If you can figure out how to... Read full review »


Excellent RPN calc. - Much nicer than 33S

byfoxterrierguy Oct 20, 2006
7 Helpfuls 8 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Best form factor ever, good speed, tight manufacture, classy appearance.
Cons Shifted undo, backspace functions make clumsy editting, orange hard to read, dated...
Recommended it? Yes

Well, I bit the bullet and bought a 12C from Samson Cables. This particular version was the Platinum Anniversary Edition. My rationale for purchasing it was that I have worn out several calculators in my day job, and I was not going to move to a TI or AOS calculator if I could at all help it.
... Read full review »


HP 12C calculator is all you'll ever need for finances

bygregepin04 Jul 18, 2006
13 Helpfuls 14 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Totally professional
Cons takes a bit of getting used to having no equal(=)key
Recommended it? Yes

The Hewlett Packard HP 12C is a complete financial calculator that figures everything from simple percentages to complicated return on investment calculations. It is a powerhouse contained in a shirt pocket calculator(with a nice stylish simulated leather black case).

I tried my hand at... Read full review »


Still the best Fin Calculator

byramjet_mba Apr 16, 2006
13 Helpfuls 14 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Created to solve REAL WORLD business problems. Programmable. Built rock solid.
Cons Would like more stats functionality.
Recommended it? Yes

I used this calculation for my MBA program (2004-2005) while everyone else in the class was using Excel. This calculator took me through two accounting classes and three financial analysis classes. Forget the RPN verses algebratic input, you'll get past that 10 minutes after reading the manual (uh... Read full review »


A tool everyone should own

byplparsons Feb 21, 2006
13 Helpfuls 14 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros doing many complicated transactions
Cons cost, dated, learning to use it
Recommended it? Yes

I currently work for a finance company which offers anywhere from small unsecured loans up to a full home refinance option. I have extensive use of the HP12c and am very happy with its performance and how practical it is to use each day.

Even with being dated, the calculator performs well... Read full review »


HP 12c Rocks

byjstanford Aug 27, 2005
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Time value of money, NPV, depreciation, percents, statistics. Very easy to use.
Cons Can't really think of any, except maybe sometimes ten digits of precision isn't...
Recommended it? Yes

This is a fairly simple but standard calculator used for basic financial stuff like NPV and time value of money. It will save you thousands on your next mortgage and probably that much on your next car deal if you just figure how to compute interest, which is succinctly documented on the back side... Read full review »


Hewlett Packard 12c: It Gets the Job Done, but it's a Little Outdated

byBryan_Carey Nov 14, 2004
110 Helpfuls 111 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros About 120 pre- programmed computations; Long battery life
Cons RPN logic will not be to everyone's liking; Outdated
Recommended it? Yes

Making financial computations is quick and simple if you have the appropriate electronic device to help with the task. In the days before specialized calculators, students and professionals had to write out long formulas by hand, input the numbers, and then manually make the calculation. There also... Read full review »


Excellent calculator. The standard in the industry.

bymav8 Sep 9, 2004
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Straightforward for professionals, versatile, extremely durable, and has a long battery...
Cons Can do some complex things that are unnecessary given that we use Excel now.
Recommended it? Yes

This calculator is THE calculator to buy, without exception, if you are a finance professional, be it investment banker, management consultant, venture capitalist, bond trader, whatever.

Learn how to use the reverse polish notation. It's useful. For example, with RPN it's quite easy to... Read full review »


THE Standard Calculator for Finance Professionals

bybuffoonery Jul 31, 2004
37 Helpfuls 38 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Versatile and simple with powerful commonly used functions
Cons Can't do everything, but that's why there are computers
Recommended it? Yes

The Hewlett Packard HP 12C calculator has been in production for over twenty years. Over that period, it has become the most popular calculator for finance professionals. While not the most powerful of calculators--the HP 17 and 19 series both eclipse it, among others--its ease of use and... Read full review »


financial businessman rates industry standard calculator

bytoshineon Mar 21, 2004
13 Helpfuls 14 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Good buttons and looks nice when new.
Cons Expensive, outdated, hard to use, can give bad calculations without you knowing.
Recommended it? No

I am a mortgage broker. I have worked at 3 different mortgage companies and I have seen many trainees learn calculations with this calculator. It is a mortgage industry standard. I bought one for myself about a year and a half ago.

I am now looking for a better calculator. I have several... Read full review »


My second HP

bygaffed Oct 29, 2003
7 Helpfuls 8 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Size and durability
Cons Price but then again, good things cost money.
Recommended it? Yes

This calculator is my second HP. I bought the 12C based on my experience with the 11C at college years ago. I think this product is indestructable. My only complaint is that the changed the battery to a wimpy watch battery that has trouble in cold weather but it still works flawlessly.

... Read full review »


I Cant Use It....Imagine That

bysmuboy81 Oct 22, 2001
9 Helpfuls 10 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Nicer than the 10B, if ya wanna look cool.
Cons Hmm, no equals button? Im from Oklahoma, how do you expect me to use this?
Recommended it? Yes

OK, so I drop my PreMed major. Well, it dropped me actually. I kinda failed Chemistry and Calculus, the first two required classes. So, I took that as a hint and moved on. Now, I am a Finance major. At one of the top 20 biz schools in the US (mom, dad...arent you proud?) I show up to my first... Read full review »


"High Priced" 12C

byplilikoi Sep 26, 2001
14 Helpfuls 15 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros "Gold standard" financial calculator
Cons Expensive, slow, some functions aren't intuitive
Recommended it? No

The 12C is HP's best-selling calculator, possibly the most successful calculator ever. It was first sold about two decades ago and the electronics have never been upgraded. The display uses 7 segment LEDs to show each digit, whereas the newer HPs use 35 segment LEDs. At least one upside of this is... Read full review »


A good workhorse

byljenkins Jul 27, 2001
12 Helpfuls 13 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Has most of the needed financial functions needed for everyday use.
Cons Slower than the "newer" HP financial calculators.
Recommended it? Yes

I have had my HP-12C for a week now and I'm happy that I selected it over the other financial calculators. First off, I know that some people do not like RPN; however, once you learn how RPN works it makes sense. My first calculator used RPN (many years ago) and yes it did take a bit of time to... Read full review »


Great Financial Calculator

byVenerable May 22, 2001
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Great financial calculator, all functions and equations are ready to be used
Cons Bit lengthy time to get proper acquainted with all of the possibilities with the...
Recommended it? Yes

I first bought this calculator since I was entering the financial services industry. I've found that it has great functionality with basic functions such as calculating NPV, annuities, and cash flows. It also takes into account original programs that the user may want to develop. In other words the... Read full review »


It's y2k compliant!

byNetDanzr Aug 14, 2000
12 Helpfuls 13 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Almost all important financial functions, if you know how to operate it.
Cons Hard to operate, reverse notation, obsolescence.
Recommended it? Yes

About a year ago, I got the responsibility to test all the office appliances for y2k compliance. SEC ruled that everything (including microwaves, phones and wrist watches) had to be tested. We even had to have backup people to start working if a couple of coworkers got killed in the chaos that was... Read full review »


Figure This One Out and NASA Will Hire You

byhwz1 Aug 10, 2000
67 Helpfuls 68 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Many functions, many functions, great handbook
Cons Handbook is almost too thorough, keypad is cluttered, errors
Recommended it? No

Do the words Rocket Science mean anything to you? I doubt it, but maybe they should since figuring out how to use the HP-12C is significantly more difficult than anything taught in the advanced Rocket Science class I took (alright, I never took Rocket Science, but...). The HP-12C is, however, quite... Read full review »


Mediocre Financial Calculator

byboden11 Aug 5, 2000
46 Helpfuls 47 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Full array of financial features, perfect for the finance beginner
Cons Not as good as its older cousin--the 10B
Recommended it? Yes

About 2 years ago my Uncle bought me a Hewlett Packard 12C calculator. It stayed in the box for nearly its entire life, and a sale on eBay was looking imminent. However, last quarter I took a Financial Management class (I am a Business major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) and finally this calculator... Read full review »

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