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Digital Scales - Rick Waits's Review
Posted: October 30, 2003, 6:39pm
review rating: 8.9
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Jerry Kalpin 10.00
Marshall Schmidt 10.00
James Bacci 9.66
Katherine Gingliss 9.44
Bryan Wray 9.25

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.8
Product Reviewed: MX-200 (vers 3)
Manufacturer: My Weigh Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $37.90 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: OldWillKnott Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Terraillon (5lb capacity) digital scale
Bottom Line: Excellent scale that's plenty accurate if you're into weighing beans.
Positive Product Points

Very accurate and well known brand among handheld scales.  Calibration capable, tare capable and the display is large enough to read.  My unit included a 100gm weight for calibration.  Scale increment is .1gram which is what I really wanted.

Negative Product Points

None really, but these things are delicate and could be damaged for kitchen use if not carefully handled.

Detailed Commentary

This is the new (version 3) MX-200 that has some improvements made to make it more durable and accurate.  This little puppy could easily fit into your shirt pocket, but is large enough to set a drinking cup or whatever you plan to use to contain what's weighed.  I got the blue colored (sort of see-through) version and it's quite cool.  

So, how big is it with the cover on?  It's 4.7" long by 3.1" wide by 0.9" thick.  The actual pad on the MX-200 that's used for weighing things is 2.9" long by 2.7" wide.  It will easily store in my stainless steel base where my other espresso accessories live.

I bought this scale for one reason...to get very accurate measurements of total bean weight for my espresso shots.  Yes, some people would call that pretty anal, maybe even unnecessary.  But hey, I like stuff that is precise and measurable.  My current scale (Terraillon) only jumps in even-numbered 2gram increments.  So, if I want to experiment with varying coffee grounds quantities and use let's say exactly 13grams, the MX200 lets me do it.

I did a lot of searching on the net and decided that a scale that topped out at 200grams was plenty for my needs.  The MX-200 was very highly rated at Scale Magazine.com located at:
http://www.digitalscale.com/scalemagazine.htm

My Weigh scales have an excellent reputation and this particular scale has a 5yr warranty...what's not to like?  My MX-200 came with ample instructions and a stick-on mini instruction sheet that you can stick to the scale.  One thing that really brought me to this scale was it's removable (slide-off) top that doubles as a weight tray when you turn it upsidedown.  I didn't really care for the flip-lids that came with most handheld digital scales as they would have gotten in the way.

Buying Experience

OldWillKnott was a recommended reseller from the My Weigh manufacturers website.  You can find him at:
http://www.oldwillknott.com

I found his prices to be very competitive and liked the fact that he includes the 100gram weight for calibration, antivibration pad and the batteries.  When you buy from Old Will, you're good to go right out of the box.  He's located in Enid Oklahoma and that's where your scale ships from (a tidbit of info that Old Will should add to his website).  Very pleasant and easy buying experience, and Old Will shipped the very next day after I ordered.  Highly recommended.

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