HP 50g Calculator Screen Protector

A week or so after I got my HP 49GX calculator, I managed to drop a vernier caliper on it. Interior points downward, of course, putting a nice divot on the non-glare plastic over the LCD panel.

A week or so after I got my HP 50g calculator, I applied a screen protector sheet harvested from the lifetime supply I bought for my original Zire 71, back in the day.

HP 50g calculator screen protector
HP 50g calculator screen protector

The fact that it’s an almost perfect fit and that the calculator sports a monochrome LCD with lower resolution is a sad commentary on the state of the calculator art.

Taking that picture in low-angle full sunlight makes the protector sheet look awful. In actual use, it’s nearly invisible. Haven’t dropped anything on it yet, either.

And, yes, I did cut it out around the HP logo button in the upper right corner.

7 thoughts on “HP 50g Calculator Screen Protector

  1. A basically-content free comment, but originally I read the title as “HP 50g Calculator Screen PROJECTOR”. That seemed like quite a hack, and it took me a bit before I realized I must have misread it!

  2. Nothing happened since the HP48 – time has stood basically still in the HP calculator department, as far as I’m concerned. Last thing I heard they completely disbanded the calc development dep’t. It was in Oz, IIRC.

    Funny thing: when I bought my first programmable calculator in ’92 for astronavigation calculations (a HP32Sii – and still regret not having bought the 42 at the time, but I just couldn’t justify the expense – after all, I was an economics student – not of one of the ‘real’ sciences :-) ) something similar happened to me, though with a sheet of glass (used to make PCBs with UV light) falling on my then-only-a-few-days-old calculator. Of course, the (sharp) corner hit it first, just at the enter key. I’m sitting here looking at the (tiny) dent/scratch, exactly in the middle of the ‘T’ of the enter key.

    At the time I was pretty annoyed and sad – till I realized that *now* it was really mine – no one had a similar one. And now every time I see that dent it brings back memories. Silly, I know.

    Anyway, calculators are supposed to be used and show the wear.

    That doesn’t mean I’m still careful with mine, and it always disappears immediately in its (still original) pouch after use. Amazing – no idea how often it has been slided in and out – guess about 40 times a day, for years and years – and the calc and pouch still look as new.

    As new, except for the dent in the enter key :-)

    BTW, loved the entry on the nuclear-fallout calculator too. It beats my gain/loss/SWR/ReturnLoss calculator for coolness! Would love to have one, just to have it ‘casually’ laying on the desk….. and to see the look on the faces of colleagues as they notice it! Hehehehe.

    1. till I realized that *now* it was really mine

      That works for me, too. It’s called “beausage” (beauty from usage) and can excuse all manner of wear-and-tear.

      That screen divot still bothered me, though… drat!

    1. Thank you!

      Looks I’ll be spending some quality time with the laminating machine and a pair of scissors….

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