Thursday, January 13, 2011
Kestrel 4500 Weather Meter - Hands on Review
The interface takes some getting used to, but is fairly intuitive. It took me less than an hour to master navigating and updating the settings, at which point I was able to complete an hourly observation in under a minute. The meter itself is fairly tough (I wouldn't drag it behind the ole 4 wheeler or anything, but I wouldn't worry about the occasional drop into a puddle or some rough treatment by TSA); the only weakness I see is the little piece of plastic that flips down to cover the anemometer. I have broken a few in the past, just being clumsy, but I don't seem to be the only one; you can buy a spare cover online for about 5 bucks.
Overall, plenty of bang for your buck (~$300). I don't know of another weather meter out there that will give you this much information with this degree of accuracy for this amount of money.