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Good weather station
on August 24, 2013
I purchased this direct from Amazon and not from a third party seller along with the La Crosse Technology 512B-811 Large Atomic Digital Wall Clock with Forecast & Weather (Which is not in color) because I wanted to place these in two different areas in the home (one on a wall) and I also wanted to compare the two devices to see which I liked better. I do wish that Lacrosse would make a color weather station that would allow for wall mounting which is the main reason I purchased a second one for mounting on a wall in the bottom floor of the home.
The setup was relatively easy and similar to most digital clocks, however, not without a problem. For some reason, the external sensor had difficulty connecting to the station upon initial set up. This actually happened for both devices that I purchased. I followed the directions and waited and nothing. Finally after trying this a few times, the external sensor finally connected. I don't know but maybe it just takes some time to get the system to recognize it. Just a side note though, if you do buy more than one of these, make sure you select different channels for them to operate off of or you might be wondering why they aren't functioning as you are expecting, especially if you buy different types like I did. The sensors are different for each and detect differing things and may not work properly without setting up on different channels. Luckily there are 3 channels to choose from on each device.
The display is bright and easily readable but is difficult to read at differing angles, so it is best viewed from straight on. The clock, date and temperature is easy to see with the humidity a little smaller and not as easy to view. It would be nice if this weather station was a little bigger. I guess it goes back to my wish that this could be wall mounted as well. A couple things that I wish it would include would be the atomic clock feature that it doesn't have and I also wish it would automatically adjust for daylight savings which it also doesn't.
As far as accuracy, I am satisfied so far with it. I don't expect this to be as accurate as a professional weather station, especially in this price range of 40 to 50 bucks, but this seems to be fairly accurate within a degree or so on both inside and outside temperatures.
Only having this a few days, I cant say how accurate the forecasting is, but so far, the display has been exactly what the weather has been outside. Again, I don't expect this to be 100 percent as even the weather channel isn't 100 percent.
Overall, I can say that I am enjoying the weather station with the couple issues I described about keeping it from being 5 stars. This device is best for an office or desk use, which is where I am using it. I will say I am impressed enough that I am considering these as gifts for this holiday season.
Update: After having this a few months, I wanted to add that the forecasting seems to be fairly accurate, although not perfect, it seems to be fairly consistent with the forecast on TV on both devices I bought. Both devices are fairly consistent with one another within a couple of degrees (one is in the back of the house and one is in the front.) Unless you want to spend for a professional weather station, then for the average home user this works well enough. I bought one for my mom as a gift for the holiday and she loves it. I will say my original annoyances stand with the lack of atomic clock, not being wall mountable, initial difficulties of pairing the sensor, etc... I have since discovered you have less issues with pairing if you follow the directions exactly even when changing batteries in one or the other. Pull the power and battery out of both when changing batteries and the connection is much easier. I will add a couple other small annoyances, the lack of DST automatic adjustment, which for a device that keeps the date, there should be a button that allows for automatic adjustment and the fact that you do have to pull the batteries in everything to get the sensor to link, which of course means reprogramming the station. I will say that if you are wanting a professional level station, this isn't it but for what it is at the price, after several months of use both devices are still worthy of 4 stars.