Given its low cost, the La Crosse Technology 308-1412S is surprisingly capable. It's not a full-service weather station, but it's definitely not selling at a full-service weather station price. It has an attractive and elaborate indoor display and includes a sensor that can transmit to the display from the great outdoors. Let's break this unit into two parts and look at each individually:
The indoor display -- The colorful screen on the indoor display packs in a lot of information and has several controls. The information includes temperature and humidity, both indoor and outdoor, with trend arrows indicating which direction each is moving in; the barometric pressure, which is used as the basis for the weather forecast icon showing conditions over the next 12 or 24 hours; the heat index and dew point; the date and time; a signal strength indicator for the outdoor display; and a low battery icon for the sensor. Controls include those for setting screen options, activating a temperature alert; adjusting the light level; and setting an alarm, so that you can use the 308-1412S to wake you up in the morning.
Outdoor sensor - The outdoor sensor reads the temperature and humidity. It can transmit to the indoor display over a distance of 200 feet, but be careful that solid objects don't get in the way and weaken the transmission.
You can run the indoor unit on AC current or batteries. However, when running purely on batteries the display will only be backlit for eight seconds when you hit the light button. A USB connector is available on the side of the unit for charging other devices. This unit is very similar to La Crosse Technology's 327-1414W and you might want to compare the two. You should also compare it to units from AcuRite, including the very similar AcuRite 02027A1 and the much more capable (and expensive) AcuRite 01024M. Competing units you also may want to look at include the Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2, the Oregon Scientific WMR-89A and the Ambient Weather WS-1001-WIFI.
I just love this weather station, it is still calibrating to my area, so some of the forecast isn't spot on... I can just glance at it and I know what it's like out!
I love this weather station! It is easy to set-up and use, and spot-on accurate. My brothers, father, and some of my neighbors want to get one, as well as a few friends...
It is a good product, reliable quality, and the display is great. No problems, so late to write a review after one year, but it is good device.
Super nice design and display, and gives reliable readings from outdoor wireless sensor. The convenience of seeing weather stats as I pour my morning coffee is priceless.
We purchased this because our old one went out on us. This one is very easy to set up compared to our old one, colors are nice and easy to read.
Only visible from a specific angle, otherwise cannot see it. It must be below your field of vision... Not very bright, quite dim except in lowest light. Not worth the $$$!
Unfortunately it was too dimly lit and hard to read so a big disappointment. It was returned.
Disappointed in the backlighting! Hard to see from a distance even at night. Not very bright even on high.
Garbage! After 1 month the screen started to flicker and now is so dim, I can barely see it. Don't waste your money!
The back-lit display is very easy to see and read. I have no problems with the wireless connection... I would definitely recommend this to anyone.