Customer Review

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flimsy and sluggish scales, 9 April 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Duronic KS760 Slim Stainless Steel Design Digital Display 5KG Kitchen Scales with 2 Years FREE Warrantee (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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

Reviewer


Location: London, UK

Top Reviewer Ranking: 510,054