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Flimsy and sluggish scales,
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This review is from: Duronic KS760 Slim Stainless Steel Design Digital Display 5KG Kitchen Scales with 2 Years FREE Warranty (Electronics)
The first impression after taking the scales out of the box was one of flimsiness. They're light and cheap-feeling, and the four little rubber feet (which are essential for accurate weighing) look like they might snap off if I put any lateral force on them. I thought I'd store the scales on their edge in the cupboard, to take advantage of their slimness, but that would have been risky for the rubber feet.
The perceived flimsiness alone would not have deterred me from keeping the scales and giving them a try, but the tare/zero button, which I use frequently, suffers from two major problems: it is located too close to the center of the scales, so it becomes hard to reach if there's, say, a large bowl on. It would have been much more useful to have the button below the LCD -- or maybe in a corner. Also, the button is located on top of the weighing, "working" area of the scales: pushing it down pushes the scales down so they measures the force of the finger in addition to the weight of the items. There's no other way because the whole top of the scales, LCD and all, is part of the "working" area. The circuitry compensates for this by delaying the zeroing until a second or two after the button has been released. This is just enough to ensure that the disturbance caused by the finger pressure has settled so that the measurement is accurate (assuming I did not let my finger linger on the button), but the delay is very noticeable and annoying.
As a fairly minor further annoyance (of which I knew before purchasing), the scales use CR2032 lithium coin batteries, which have a very long shelf life but fairly modest capacity in actual use. They are quite expensive too. For scales that are used every day, alkaline batteries would be more cost-effective. If you use the scales less than once a week, then the lithium cell is probably fine.
On the plus side, the scales display negative weights if zeroed with an item on them that's later removed. This sounds fairly obvious, but some scales are designed by engineers too smart by half, and they re-zero automatically instead of just going negative, which serves no useful purpose and gets in the way all the time. These don't do that, which is good.
Their power-down timeout is too short, though, which is especially important to note if you run out of an ingredient during an add-and-weight operation (weighing multiple ingredients in one bowl) and you have to go rummage in the pantry for more. You'll find the scales off, with no idea how much of the ingredient you've already added, and no way to separate the ingredients and start over.
I have returned the scales for a refund. They're not awful, just not good, and not an improvement over my current scales. To their credit, Duronic (or Amazon, who fulfilled the order for them) refunded me in full, quickly and with no fuss, and the return postage was free.