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  • Fun toy, not a real measurement device

    posted by grinap0 on 07/24/2010
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    It is small, extremely compact size, very light, so it's pretty easy to carry. The user interface is absolutely foolproof: you press the button, and it measures, you release the button, and it holds the last value.

    Neat color housing for your eyes. ;-)

    Got two spare batteries, nice.

    Celsius/Fahrenheit mode for your alien non-metric people out there.

    Cons:

    The precision is not really +-2C but somewhere around +-10.0C, so you can probably tell boiling water from ice with it, but do not really expect to measure less than 10 celsius difference of anything.

    It would be neat to be able to switch the thing off and not to wait for it to happen in 15 seconds.

    A keylock would be nice too if you expect this to be carried and not accidentally pressed.

    OtherThoughts:

    It's not trivial to be able to measure. Distance/Spot ratio is 1:1, so 1cm distance means probably 1cm radius of measuring.

    Maybe it's more precise if got enough time to accommodate to new temperatures?

    Manual says "highly reflective and low emissivity surfaces" should be taped or otherwise handled.

    Bottomline:

    For that price it's okay for casual measurements. Not good for serious ones, but what do you expect for that price, anyway? :)

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