November 2015 | Helen
When it comes to the weather there are two types of people: those who like to know what the day holds in store, meteorologically speaking, and those that are standing in the rain without a brolly…again. At wifimypad, just to be clear, we are consistently the latter. So perhaps it’s time we moved on from the ‘taking a look at the sky’ approach to weather forecasting…
Time to investigate smart weather stations.
A smart weather station can tell you everything you are likely to want to know about the day’s weather, from the temperature to the likelihood of rain, and a whole host of other weather-based information, straight to your phone or via a device in your house.
Why we bought the ClimeMET CM9088:
✓ Excellent reviews from users
✓ High on performance and design
✓ A great price
✓ Comprehensive weather reporting
✓ For us there is no other choice for The Wifi Pad
✓ Price at time of writing – just £35 (Amazon)
Why did the ClimeMET CM9088 tick our boxes?
There is so much smart and wireless tech flooding the market right now that it can take hours of research to find the best products out there. At wifimypad.com we aim to do all of that research for you and narrow each area down to just the one or two products that get great reviews across the board, from tech critics and customers alike. These are the items that make it into ‘The Wifi Pad’.
For a product to make it into The Wifi Pad a.k.a. our own homes, it needs to tick a LOT of boxes ranging from tip-top functionality to genuine usefulness via gorgeous looks – here is our criteria:
Functionality – what can it do? Does it cover the basics well and give you any notable extras?The ClimeMET CM9088 consists of two components: a sensing console for outside which transmits to the main display unit for placing indoors.The display shows a range of basic weather features, such as the maximum, minimum and current indoor and outdoor temperatures and also humidity. There is also a digital representation of the predicted weather, as well as less commonly represented information such as the air pressure history of the last 24 hours, sunrise and sunset times and the current phase of the moon. Overall this covers the main features you might require for a good general summary and forecast of the day’s weather conditions. And for those of you who like that bit extra from your gadgets, the ClimeMET 9088 also displays the time, plus an alarm and a calendar feature.
Connectivity - is it compatible with Apple and Android? Does it use a wifi or Bluetooth connection? How reliable is the connection?One of the few areas of negative feedback from users relates to occasional issues with the connectivity of the outdoor sensor to the display unit. However, it should be noted that these comments are extremely limited and we would ordinarily expect to see some for any wireless or wifi device.
On the plus side, most people find that the setup is remarkably straightforward and the display immediately connects to the outdoor sensor, The best way to ensure a good link is to switch on both units while they are next to each other, then allow them some time to find each other, before moving the sensor outside. The product does not come with either wifi or Bluetooth capabilities, so information cannot be transferred to other portable devices such as mobile telephones – however you are unlikely to want to check this remotely so we don’t think this is a deal breaker. The display can automatically have its time set by a radio connection.
Does it look good? - Ok, so weather stations aren't wearable tech but it is likely to be visible in your home, so does the ClimeMET CM9088 look the part?The display unit comes as a slim, greyscale and almost tablet like unit, with reassuringly scientific looking on-screen graphics in the form of graphs, graphics and numerical measurements. This gives the impression of a professional piece of kit, which could sit proudly either hung on the hallway wall or placed freestanding on the living room coffee table, perhaps as a conversation piece if the Weather Club member are coming over. A line of buttons can be used for the control of settings and the sensor unit is a discreet, small, white box which can easily be tucked away in the garden.
Value for money – is this product a positive steal or a purchase to make your eyes water?At the time of writing, this weather station is reduced from £50 down to £35 (Amazon), putting it firmly in the excellent value for money category – especially when compared to the slightly eye-watering cost of the Natatmo (See below) at £139.
Whilst a basic thermometer/humidity reader can cost as little as £5, we’re assuming that those interested in having a weather station want a little more information than the current temperature, and the depth of information gathered by the ClimeMET CM9088 places it in a different a.k.a. better, league than many other cheaper stations.
The home foot spa test – Is this a genuinely useful product, or one that you will only use once before relegating them to the back of the cupboard?Whether or not the ClimeMet 9088 is a genuinely useful product really depends on the purchaser. If you are a person who has no interest in the weather beyond what you can see when you look up, this product will be of no use whatsoever.
However, if you believe that to be forewarned is to be fore-brollied then it’s likely that this weather station is going to float your boat. The jumble sale is going to have to look elsewhere for its stock on this occasion.
What do others have to say about the ClimeMET CM9088?
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Which other weather stations did we check out?
The Netatmo is a much slicker and more modern design. There is no digital display, instead it links directly to your smartphone, allowing easy access, and includes a greater depth of information such as CO2 and sound levels, as well as history graphs updated live every 5 minutes. But for us there is no getting past that price tag which is off-puttingly expensive (£129 on Amazon). This is a purchase for those who REALLY love to know about the weather (see top image).
The Technoline WS-9130 is similar in price to the ClimeMET CM9088. While the Technoline lacks some of the information that the ClimeMET offers (like air pressure history), the overall look of the product is perhaps sleeker and more appealing. The larger numbers on screen make the Technoline user friendly and easier to read from a distance potentially making it a better purchase for those who struggle with their eyesight.
The Oregon is a mid-range weather station. The indoor component of the station resembles a smart phone, with a welcome twist of orange colouring to the otherwise predominantly silver/grey range of products available. This system can receive data from up to three separate outdoor locations, including wind speed and direction, so can generate a wider picture of the local environment if you have more extensive weather insight requirements!