Oregon Scientific Weather Station with FM Radio (BARM688)
Is it beach weather?
- Offers accurate weather forecasts and indoor/outdoor temperature, inbuilt FM radio, alarm with snooze button
- Fiddly interface, limited appeal
The Oregon Scientific Weather Station (BARM688) is a smart little gadget with plenty of bedside-friendly features. It's almost like having your own personal weatherman without the bad jacket.
Price$ 169.00 (AUD)
If you're sick of tuning into clueless weathermen or staring furtively at the clouds, then it might be time to invest in an Oregon Scientific Weather Station (BARM688). With the assistance of a remote thermo sensor, this handy gadget displays temperature and weather forecasts alongside the time. The inclusion of an inbuilt FM radio, plus a digital calendar and alarm, ensures that it has all the functionality you'd expect from a bedside clock.
The Weather Station monitors weather conditions via a wireless battery-operated sensor. The sensor has a range of up to 30 metres and can accurately forecast weather conditions within a radius of 30-50 kilometres. The sensor is easy to set up, with a wall-mount cavity suitable for hanging off hooks, along with an inbuilt table stand.
Once you've placed the sensor in the optimum position (Oregon Scientific recommends experimenting with different locations), the main unit will automatically search and connect with it. The sensor can read temperatures ranging from -30 to 60 degrees Celsius (!), which should see you through every conceivable weather condition. The device comes equipped with three separate weather channels, allowing you to set up multiple sensors in different locations.
Once the connection has been properly established, the clock will display a weather forecast for the next 12 to 24 hours, along with the current outdoor temperature. A large illustrated icon at the top of the screen lets you know whether it's raining, cloudy, partly cloudy or sunny. We tested the device on an on-off rainy weekend, and found it gave an accurate forecast, with the icon shifting from cloudy to rainy over the 48-hour period.
Unlike the lower priced Radio-controlled Projection Clock (BAR339P), the Weather Station comes equipped with its own FM radio. Reception and volume were both good. The Tune button automatically searches for stations (you can save up to eight stations at a time.)
With its sleek picture-frame-like design and blue backlight display, the Weather Station is a simple yet elegant device that will look equally at home in the bedroom or kitchen. The touch-sensitive controls do take some getting used to, however. (This is unusual, as we do not remember the BAR339P unit being quite so fiddly.)
The Weather Station also comes equipped with a secondary inbuilt sensor that displays indoor temperature, as well as a digital calendar and an alarm with an eight-minute snooze function (you can choose between your preferred radio station, or the obligatory beeping sound). A word of warning though: pressing any button other than the top-mounted snooze icon will shut the alarm off for 24 hours. Sleepy clock groping is therefore not advised.
The main unit runs on either AC power or three AA batteries. Annoyingly, you need to remove the battery cavity to insert the AC plug.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- WalabotDIY, the 3D Imaging Tool That Gives Consumers ‘Superman-Vision’, Launches Today in Australia
- Google Certifies Insta360 Pro as First ‘Street View Auto Ready’ Camera
- Australian startup launches Tiller Kickstarter campaign
- Anki Arrives In Oz
- Griffin's PowerMate is the Surface Dial dead-ringer that's trapped in Mac land
PCW Evaluation Team
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
- Hands On: Our first impressions of Sony's a7R III
- Legion Y520 Gaming Laptop review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCLean Six Sigma Process Improvement Specialist - MELBOURNEQLD
- FTMICROSOFT DYNAMICS CRM DEVELOPER - BASELINE CLEARANCE REQUIRED - CANBERRAACT
- FTBusiness Project Manager - Non ITNSW
- FTWorkspace/ Workplace Lead/ Manager - ABW environmentOther
- CCBusiness Analyst / Advisor - Content & Collaboration - SharePointNSW
- FTJunior Front End DeveloperOther
- FTDigital Marketing Executive - PersonalisationOther
- TPSecurity AnalystQLD
- CCSenior Solution ArchitectNSW
- FTSenior Project ManagerACT
- FTService Desk Consultant - Part TimeOther
- FTAutomation Test Analyst - Mobile AutomationOther
- CCIntegration SpecialistNSW
- FTPrincipal Architect/ConsultantOther
- FTSAP Lead Solution ArchitectOther
- FTUtilities Contract Administrator - $34phOther
- FTIT Security Support OfficersOther
- CCLinux AdministratorNSW
- FTDigital Business Analyst - IntermediateQLD
- CCCloud Test EngineerNSW
- CCJunior to Mid Level - Java/ J2EE DeveloperNSW
- FTMid-Level Drupal Developer (Brisbane Location)Other
- FTTechnical Lead / Senior Systems EngineerOther
- CCSenior Business Analyst - Business Case - Risk & Compliance - ContractNSW
- CCSenior Project ManagerNSW