Product Design FAIL!

I couldn't help myself, I just found this so hilarious!

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(less than 1 minute video for those with short attention spans)

Dave.

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you must have been having a hard time coming up with content this week.

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brent

It would be good if the fold out support didn't collapse, but I wonder whether it's reasonable to expect to be able to press the buttons without holding the meter at the same time. If the support didn't collapse, I imagine the entire meter would move bodily across the table.

Still, it's reminiscent of the design of the Daikin air conditioner remote control wall mounting bracket I had. It supported the base of the remote, and the middle, but not the top - which is where the on/off button is. So you press the button, and the remote falls out of the bracket. In my case, it fell onto a wooden floor, and the LCD display cracked.

Daikin did replace it free of charge, after some argument about the design.

Sylvia.

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Sylvia Else

Well, my old Tenma has a really stiff dial knob. Can't turn it with out holding it and it is 20 yrs old. Plus it has better battery life than the Fluke 77 I inherited.

Cheers

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Martin Riddle

I'll solve this for ya: index finger curled over the top of the DVM and your thumb on the button.

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Kevin McMurtrie

Kind of reminds me of the two old gents discussing matters of how they are able to bend their member all over the place. Because when they were young, they couldn't. So they concluded that when you get older, you get stronger..

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Jamie

If you want to get picky about ergonomics, why not point out the problem in the Rigol scopes, where when you push any of the upper buttons ( Measure, Acquire, Storage, etc ) the scope slides across the bench or falls over backwards unless you hold it.

My old ( and much bigger and heavier ) scopes never did this.

But the Rigol still has better performance for its price by several orders of magnitude. I'm not complaining.

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Adrian Jansen

That ain't a solution, it's a workaround. Should I hold my tongue at the correct angle too?

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David L. Jones

Of course it's reasonable to expect that!

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hilarious!

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Not as hard as you I suspect. Show us your content...

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brent

** Course it IS a solution and very workable one too.

Prodding at the meter (when using the tilt) with your fingertip is plain dumb.

** Now he wants to operate the meter with his tongue too ??

Totally off with the fairies ......

.... Phil

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Phil Allison

Phew, didn't realise I was just getting stronger.

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Royston Vasey

"Adrian Jansen"

** Hold it ???

Just gotta rest your fingertips on the top while pressing with the thumb to achieve that.

.... Phil

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Phil Allison

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I agree! A bad design at any price is still a bad design. ;-)

The guy who made that video had previously tested several models of DMMs. I assume the model in this video is one that got his attention for being unusually flawed.

I tried the "button push test" with my cheap-but-pretty-good Mastech meters here, and all three models passed easily. One of them is listed on Amazon for just $25, and I got mine as a free gift from an electronic parts supplier.

The "Product Design FAIL" meter reminds me of what people said about the first (red LED) digital watches of the 1970's: They were so advanced that they took two hands to operate!

Jay Ts

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Jay Ts

As the doctor said, "Don't do that!"

John

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John Larkin

Useless for dial-up..

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Robert Baer

I don't think I'm being picky at all. It's my job to review these meters and I found a poor design aspect that others meters do not exhibit.

That's only an issue on the laminated type bench tops, and not nearly as bad as you describe for me. You must be heavy handed or have a teflon bench top or something! I find it even less of a problem with the tilt feet extended (more weight on the big back rubber feet). Not that's it a problem for me at all, I can push the buttons and not have it move at all on any of my surfaces. But yes, the laminated type is the worst. No issues at all on my wooden bench top or glass desk, I'd have to put like kg's of force or something to move it.

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Haven't had that problem.

Sometimes the cat tries to sleep lying on top of it, and has managed to switch it on though via the top button. Not really a design fault of the Rigol though.

That never happened with the old tektronics 150mhz analog though :). It is heavy and does NOT move.

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kreed

It was either a Beetle Bailey or a Michael Jordan joke/reference.

Most folks got it. You did not.

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MadManMoon

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