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    Published on May 25th, 2011 | by Gbemiga


    Kitchen Scale and Dock: An Odd Combination

    This is one of those prod­ucts where you can say one of three things. Re­spons­es range from: “Hunh, whose idea was this?” to: “Yet an­oth­er iPad/iPhone + “what­ev­er” de­vice mashup?” and fi­nal­ly: “Just be­cause you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

    The ADE JOY Kitchen Scale with iPod/iPhone dock is a de­vice that, as you might sus­pect, is a kitchen scale com­bined a with an iPod/iPhone dock. They claim it is the world’s first- and we aren’t sur­prised. First we’ll start with the scale it­self.

    The scale is pow­ered by aCR 2043 lithi­um bat­tery, which is pro­vid­ed. The scale comes with mul­ti­ple func­tions, one of which is the abil­i­ty to weigh dry or liq­uid in­gre­di­ents in in­cre­ments of 1gram/0.4 ounces. The add and weigh (tare) func­tion al­lows you to weigh all in­gre­di­ents in the same con­tain­er. An­oth­er fea­ture is its abil­i­ty to pro­vide weights in pounds, flu­id ounces or grams. The scale al­so comes with bat­tery and over­load in­di­ca­tors that al­low you to know how the sys­tem is func­tion­ing and an au­to­mat­ic shut­off to help pre­serve bat­tery life.

    Over­all the scale ac­tu­al­ly is ac­tu­al­ly quite good and does what you ex­pect a scale to do, even though its max­i­mum weigh­ing lim­it is 11 pounds. We didn’t come close to hit­ting the max­i­mum, con­sid­er­ing the fair­ly small size of the unit. Now, on­to the iPod dock.

    The dock is po­si­tioned right in the front of the scale, which means that when you want to place some­thing on the scale you will have to avoid your iPod, which can quick­ly be­come an an­noy­ance. Es­pe­cial­ly when you for­get that your iPod is in the dock, and you’re us­ing sticky, wet, or messy in­gre­di­ents. A thought that crossed our minds dur­ing the re­view was “why would we put our iPod/iPhone right where foods and liq­uids are go­ing to be?”

    The dock is com­pat­i­ble with all cur­rent iPod and iPhone mod­els and comes with a pro­tec­tive cov­er for when there’s noth­ing in the dock. There is al­so an AC out­let which al­lows you to charge your iPod/iPhone- pret­ty nifty. The speak­ers are lo­cat­ed in the base of the de­vice. On test­ing them we found them to be tin­ny and lack­ing in bass (al­though that might be a plus when we’re weigh­ing in­gre­di­ents)- a com­mon prob­lem with small­er iPod/iPhone dock speak­ers.

    Our over­all judg­ment is that the ADE Joy Scale is just not quite not worth it and you’d be bet­ter served hav­ing a ded­i­cat­ed scale and a sep­a­rate mu­sic sys­tem in your kitchen. Hand­i­ly enough, ADE and Friel­ing make them! Avail­able for un­der $100, this is an odd com­bi­na­tion that just doesn’t quite work.

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    About the Author

    In Gbemiga Sodipe's 28 years on this planet, he has lived on every continent but South America and has had a wide variety of jobs and experiences. He has worked as a Technical Writer for Microsoft in Beijing and as a coupon delivery guy in Springfield, Missouri. He loves books and is partial to Sci-Fi and Nonfiction but if you put any book in front of him his mind will be gone from this world and into the world of the book. Unless of course you put Uncle Toms Cabin or any book by L. Ron Hubbard in front of him, then he will first beat you to a bloody pulp with the book then commit what he considers to be one of his Seven Deadly Sins i.e. burn the book. In fact he for a time considered books much more interesting and less problematic than girls but that was during his early teenage years (ok maybe also every now and then but don’t tell his girlfriend that). Gbemiga speaks English and Mandarin Chinese fluently, understands but can’t speak Yoruba (to his mother’s eternal chagrin, even though it’s her fault) and knows the insults and swear words of 5 other languages (thank you International upbringing).

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