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I am currently studying for the CFA Level I exam, during which only two calculators can be used: the TI BA Plus II and the HP 12C (or 12C Platinum. I've decided that I want to go with the HP 12C for a variety of reasons. Would you recommend the regular or platinum version? From what I understand, the platinum operates much faster without lag time during calculations, but is cheaply made compared to the regular version and thus has some key entry problems. Do you have a recommendation? Speed is important during the test, but if I'm mis-typing numbers and getting incorrect answers, that's obviously a much bigger problem. Thoughts?

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Personally, I'd go with the regular, or the Plus, staying away from the Platinum. There's nothing on the calculator or package to distinguish the Plus from the regular, but the Plus uses two coin batteries while the regular uses three button batteries. The Plus is just like the regular, except a LOT faster.

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