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Vantage Pro Weather Station

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Davis Instruments produces all kinds of convenient home gadgets, among which is their Vantage Pro weather station. This is Davis' flagship model of weather station, and is a fully featured weather center that is small enough to sit on an end table. It has many features that combine to make it powerful enough to run a small laboratory, but maintains a straightforward, user-friendly design that make it popular among armchair meteorologists.

The console of the Vantage Pro weather station is built around a large, easy-to-read LCD display. Useful data is arrayed neatly and cleanly, incorporating intuitive graphics and the option to have data charted automatically onscreen. At the bottom of the LCD window is a constant ticker-tape style line of text containing the latest weather forecast.

Next to the LCD window is a grid of neatly labeled function buttons. The function buttons serve many purposes, including graphing data, alternating between units, or setting alarms. They also control optional sensors that are available for the Vantage Pro.

Customizing the Vantage Pro Weather Station

Two areas of product development that Davis seems to specialize in is customization, and understanding customer wants and needs. In the case of the Vantage Pro, an optional computer antenna is available to either turn your home computer into a supplemental console, or replace the original console altogether. Davis seems to understand that not all consumers would desire their console unit if they already own a decent home computer.


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