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GoPro or Go Elsewhere!
on October 26, 2014
Ok - first off I bought this to use with a GoPro. Yes, there are some very costly devices that do the same thing. A friend gave me a GoPro Hero3 Black some time back - and we were going to have a party. Of course I knew I wanted to time lapse the thing, and had read about these doing 360° instead of the costly built for the job bases. So I got it, we had our summer pool party and this was in the middle - it worked fantastic! Fun, fun, fun. So, should this spend time in the camera drawer - or out in the kitchen serving double duty? I'm not so sure now.
As a kitchen timer, it looks really great. Modern, minimalistic lines and straightforward operation. As a student of architecture I appreciate the Bauhaus aesthetic and this reeks of that sort of industrial feel. But that's where its usefulness ends. Because in this regard, that's all it's got going for it.
First off, the main reason I bought it (it rotates) is what makes it an ergonomic dud. The whole top rotates, and with it the little window that tells you where it is as far as time left. If you get good at it you turn the window away from you, because at some point it will be facing forward, possibly when you take a look at it to see how much time you've got left.
As with (sadly) all "analog" timers nowadays, its clockwork is pathetic at best. When you rotate it, the play is give or take about 3 minutes. I don't know about you - but that's more than enough time for me to set something on fire.
Additionally, the minimum times seems to be about 10 minutes, much less than that and it may or may not wind down and ring. Most often its spring isn't wound enough and it just peters out.
Any timer suggestions? Sadly as far as analog kitchen timers any I've researched or used fall short of barely sufficient. When my Mother bought a new white Lux timer in the 80's she gave me her old avacado green one. Of course after a while I purchased a "superior" digital 3-way timer (one of the hundreds of short-lived cheap pieces of Chinese junk I've purchased since), and threw the totally cool retro timer that "worked a treat" away. This timer is certainly no better than the crummy new poseur Lux out there, and possibly no worse, but as I mentioned a lot harder to read.
- Great looking
- Rotates for GoPro (or other micro camera)
- Um... Loud bell! If it works.
- Window rotates as well - out of view
- Stainless Steel is fingerprint magnet
- Too much play in mechanism unless you don't mind +/- 3 minutes
- Minimum setting seems to be around 10 minutes, sometimes more
For a GoPro it's easy 4 stars. It rotates evenly and just fine when you wind it up to an hour. Nice flat top and rubberized ring on bottom for gripping.
For a kitchen timer, it's 1 star, maybe 1.5 depending on how forgiving you are. As I'm really reviewing this as a kitchen timer and not a device for photography, I give it a 2, because it's NOT "ok", which is a 3 star rating. A 1 star is "I hate it", and I reserve that sort of vitriol for other things, certainly not kitchen timers!