At the intersection of quality and
affordability is the amazing AcuRite 02081M weather station.
The beautiful color LCD screen allows you to see everything in startling clarity. Get a range of parameters like indoor and outdoor temperatures, highs and lows, future forecasts, along with the time and date. The built-in clock uses atomic technology that ensures that it is always accurate, automatically switching over for fluctuations and Daylight Savings Time. For those wanting to save a little money, this hub also comes in a monochrome variant, which drops the bright colors while saving all the data points on the screen. For some customization, the unit can flip between both Fahrenheit and Celsius, while the backlight can be adjusted for brightness.
The sensor itself is ergonomically designed – simple remote style machine with a small hanger on the top. Capable of being hung either via a screw, nail, or small strings, you can put this sensor wherever you think best – such as a porch, outside wall, or even a tree branch.
- Grabs temperatures as low as -40 Fahrenheit
- Wireless range extends to over 300 feet
- Uses a 433 MHz signal that is capable of getting through most solid objects
- Sensor updates the hub every 16 seconds
The forecasting range is from 12 to 24 hours. You don’t have to worry about any confusing terminology or unnecessary numbers either but rather a series of different icons. Each of these 14 icons is clearly visible along the upper-left portion of the screen – a sun representing a sunny day, clouds for a cloudy day, and so forth. The forecasting isn’t just for the broader area of where you live but rather self-calibrated based on the data your sensor feeds the hub. This calibration is based on a 14-day algorithm that accumulates data over a fortnight to get a feel for the climate and season of your area. This allows you to get the most accurate forecasting for your precise location.
Installation of this device is easy enough to do and can be set up in minutes after it is taken out of the box. You can either set the hub on a wall or use the kickstand to set it up on a table. The hub uses an AC adapter as a power source with a set of AA batteries as a backup in case of power failure.
- Atomic technology updates clock and date constantly
- Switching between Imperial and Metric measurements are possible
- Forecasting uses a 14-day algorithm
- Installation is easy
- While sensor gets the job done, it doesn’t have the versatility of other models
- Batteries are only used for backup and the hub needs a grounded line
Overall this machine is a great choice for those that want a good AcuRite weather station that isn’t too complicated and works well. While the color LCD is recommended, a monochrome display is also purchasable for a reduced price. A wide temperature range for both inside and outside calculations, calibrated forecasts, along with a beautifully wrought but easy-to-read display means this machine has a little bit of everything.