The Soehnle Corporation of Nassau, Germany is a leading manufacturer of scales for bathroom and kitchen -- both fields crowded with competitors.
I am submitting this review to the Ubergizmo community of Torch.com because I think of Ubergizmoites as hi tech nerds or cosmological speculators a la Immanuel Velikovsky. Well, I am not in that league, but a scale like the Soehnle Easy Control Bathroom Scale Model 63806 challenges me the way rocket science might challenge you, dear reader.
To show you how lo-tech are my wife and I, both in our 70s, it took us two minutes to get the three accompanying AAA batteries into the rear side well of the sleek white scale that we had just unpacked. We had ordered that weighing machine for me to review for amazon.com/vine. It arrived by UPS packaged like and resembling a freshly baked, slightly rectangular pizza. I noted that it had come all the way from China. But accompanying literature assured that, wherever manufactured, our new scale had been designed in Germany by Germans who stand by its quality. It comes with a three-year guarantee.
From then on my wife and I relied on the instruction manual that came inside the pizza box. We were immediately distracted by the 18 different languages for us to choose among. We could handle five of them, but not Portuguese, Danish, Hungarian and ten others. We opted for English.
We flipped to the first five illustrations on pages 5 and 6. English was the second listed of 18 languages spread across those two pages and only required us to do three things in "Start-up operation": Insert Batteries (we were hi-tech enough already to have done that), Set Units and Place Scale on a hard, level surface. Set units meant choosing among kilograms, pounds or the beloved of Brits "stones" (14 avoirdupois pounds). We opted for pounds.
After that all that was left for us to do was to feed in first my height and weight and then my wife's and our desired target weights. The clever Soehnle scale would then notice whether it was 6'1" or 5'8" who had hopped on the scale, tell each what he/she weighed, express his/her body mass index and how many pounds we were away from the target weight in pounds that each had selected.
This phase took us a surprising amount of time. For some reason we could not get all the numerical inputs to "take" when the scale was positioned on our hard wood dining room table, cheek by jowl with our 35-page instruction manual.
Once, however, we had dared to experiment, had put our new pet down on the even harder tile floor surface just inside our front door, then on our knees try again to input target weight, etc., etc. -- all went well. And the scale has the capacity to take the data of an additional three persons besides us two.
So 32 minutes after we two lo-tech non-nerds had begun with AAA batteries and more, we were done. Our new Soehnle was performing as directed and we have set out with confidence to attain our target weights. The numbers displayed by our new friends in Germany and China are large enough for us to take in without recourse to reading glasses.
Some additional data about our "digital personal scale with multi-function display": its dimensions are 12.2 x 12 x 0.9 inches ; 3.6 pounds. For the moment at least the Soehnle replaces our beloved but simpler Weighwatchers portable bathroom scale. Soehnle is heavier, slimmer and appears sturdier than its Weighwatchers cousin. The psychology built into our Soehnle must be: if year after year, Soehnle scales grow thinner and thinner, why can't we?
The only negatives, once we got Soehnle up and running, that my wife and I notice after each of us using the
Easy Control Bathroom Scale Model 63086 about ten times is this: sometimes you have to tap it several times to make it enter its start up, lit up phase. And the numbers that we look down at before we step on might vary from time to time: lights flashing or steady and other minor variations. But if we are bold and step on, it works as promised.
Thanks for reading a lo-tech brain's approach to something unthinkable when I was born in 1935.
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(Thomas) Patrick Killough (qigongbear)
I am a retired American diplomat. Married for 47 years. My wife Mary (PhD in German and Linguistics) and I have two sons, six grandsons and two granddaughters. Our home is Highland Farms Retirement Community … more
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