HP 33s

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HP 33s
HP 33s calculator.jpg
Front view of the HP 33s
TypeProgrammable Scientific
Design firmKinpo Electronics
Cost40 USD
Entry modeRPN, Infix
Precision15 digits ±499 exponent (internal)
Display typeLCD dot-matrix
Display size2×14 character
Programming language(s)RPN keystroke (fully merged, Turing complete)
User memory31 KB
Memory register4 stack registers, 1 LastX register, 6 statistics registers, 27 variables (A..Z, i)
Power supply2× CR2032 batteries
Weight119 g
Dimensions158 × 83 × 16 mm

The HP 33s (F2216A) was a scientific calculator marketed by Hewlett-Packard. It was introduced in 2003 as the successor to the HP 32SII,[1] and discontinued on the introduction of its successor the HP 35s in 2007.


Its main features are:

  • RPN or traditional semi-algebraic (infix data/algebraic operator entry/postfix one-number function entry), user-selectable
  • Two-line LCD display
  • Full scientific/engineering mathematical features
  • Keystroke-programmable with full boolean and program-control command sets and line edit, insert and delete
  • HP "equation list" equation editor (fully algebraic) in both the stand-alone list as well as in keystroke programs
  • HP Solver feature (solves equations and functions for one unknown)
  • Function integration feature
  • All mathematical operations and features fully functional in all modes
  • Unit conversion and constants
  • 31 KB of random-access user memory (equivalent to about 7 KB on earlier HP programmable models)

The main differences from the HP 32SII are:

  • A radical difference in keypad layout and appearance
  • Memory is expanded from 2 KB to 32 KB
  • Faster processor
  • More functions
  • Algebraic entry mode as well as RPN
  • The display has two lines
  • The length of an equation was now restricted to 255 characters (no arbitrary limit in the 32SII)[1]

The HP 33s was co-designed and manufactured by Kinpo Electronics of Taiwan.[2]


The 33s is generally considered to have fewer logic bugs than the HP 35s. However, the unconventional chevron-styled keypad has been regarded by reviewers as bizarre and difficult to use compared to other HP professional calculators.[3][1]


The 33s went through numerous revisions that have solved two of the most pervasive issues people had with the early models (namely poor screen quality and bad keypad responsiveness).

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  1. ^ a b c Jordi Hidalgo. "Summing up the HP 33s" (pdf). Handheld and Portable Computer Club. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  2. ^ "Consumer Electronics: Calculator". Kinpo Electronics. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  3. ^ Tony Thimet. "HP 33s". Retrieved 2013-07-11.

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