Don't buy HP calculators made in China
I am a long-time user of HP financial and scientific calculators, including 12b, 17bII, and 11.
HP 17bII calculators deserve a 5 star rating IF -- big IF -- they are manufactured anywhere, except China. HP used to manufacture its calculators in many countries, including the US, Brazil, Singapore, etc. They were outstanding.
Over the past few years, the vast majority of HP calculators have been manufactured in China. And they are TERRIBLE. Sticking keys, error messages in the midst of operations, etc. I have owned a few and I have returned/discarded all of them.
The silver calculator shown to the right is a newer model probably manufactured in China. As a rule, I ask eBay sellers to specify the country of origin. Don't be afraid to buy older calculators made anywhere else. Avoid those made in China.Read full review