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Davis VP3...
« on: January 07, 2009, 05:22:35 PM »
ok i originally made this on the old ambient forums... here it goes again=)

Lets say they make the VP3 what do you want or what don't you want, and lets say the price stays about the same for different models(higher end one , and base model .. so on.........)

wants-
touch screen
lighted keypad
backlight that doesn't increase  inside temp lol


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Re: Davis VP3...
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2009, 05:40:30 PM »
Does anyone use the console for much?

Not knocking your wishlist, just curious.  I rarely use it for anything but a quick glance for current conditions.
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Re: Davis VP3...
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2009, 05:45:22 PM »
i have it right next to my bed(connected to my pC) but i use it more than i look at my pc usually... and im guessing people that don't have VWS or WL or another software use it too.. but i see your point.



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Re: Davis VP3...
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2009, 05:50:43 PM »
I'd like to see a trimmed down version of the console (console-lite?) available in addition to the main unit. My console w/datalogger is downstairs and I wanted something upstairs to monitor the weather but the cost of a full-blown console was not worth it. I got a wireless OS projection temp/clock unit instead.
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Re: Davis VP3...
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2009, 05:53:23 PM »
I use an Envoy but have no console. A mini-console would be nice that I could put elsewhere in the house. Color OLED touch display would be nice. Customizable display on the full size console would be nice. Turn the Envoy into a PCI card to go inside the computer eliminating the USB\Serial port controversy and its wall wart. 

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Re: Davis VP3...
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2009, 05:55:34 PM »
I like the PCI card idea!! and the mini console as  you said  its over 200 bucks for a new console!! maybe a smaller one for like 110 bucks or something
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Re: Davis VP3...
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2009, 05:57:36 PM »
Sounds good.  :-)  I bet your subject line is drawing a lot of attention. I thought Davis had released a new unit! ;) :lol:
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Re: Davis VP3...
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2009, 06:06:04 PM »
lol yea figured people would see that and be like whoa a VP3!!
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Re: Davis VP3...
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2009, 06:18:05 PM »
The problem with a PCI card is that it needs a PC.  I guess if the card was available  w/wo an external case (like DVD drives) that would work.

I'd love to see more, small, and cheaper sensors.
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Re: Davis VP3...
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2009, 08:18:11 PM »
PCI card is a good idea, I like that my boltek was pci, rather than USB or something, but it does limit the available pc;s.  A lot of store bot pc's dont even have a spare PCI slot, and if you break the seal the warranty is gone.  It also wipes out those using laptops...

I would like to see an affordable mini thermo hygro remote for the Davis.   The extra sensors are ridiculously priced, and massive.  They dont really make sense for monitoring things like parts of your house, or your shed, or your barn.  I know true weather folks dont care about indoor temps, but I like that I can see the main floor temp, upstairs, and basement all on my website, and all for 60 bucks.

Wireless anemometer as part of a standard package would be a good addition as well.

I am in the I can probably afford a Davis station, but to have it configured the way I want it would probably double the price.  Add an Envoy, wireless anemoter, serial data logger, 2 remotes, and a soil temp station(for pool).  What is that up to $1600? 1800? more?  That is a hard sell to the wife... even to me at this point.

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Re: Davis VP3...
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2009, 12:14:01 AM »
The sensors are pretty plain (tech-wise) so I'm not sure why there is no alternative from either Davis or a third party.  900 mhz chips run about 5-10 bucks (like Nordic) so a full sensor should only be 40-50 bucks.
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Re: Davis VP3...
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2009, 08:07:34 PM »
I think if you are a data geek, the console wont do much for you but maybe hold your datalogger !  I use my console to see if I need a coat or not before I go out that's about it.

 

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