Davis Vantage Vue Problems

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Davis’ accuracy is unparalleled.

Best-in-class build and sensor quality. 60-second update cycle for web and app connectivity.

Expensive compared to competition that’s almost as good.

Dated console design, with a somewhat cumbersome user interface.

  1. Online connectivity is a pricey option. High priced compared to the competition.

Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide .

  1. Davis Instruments was putting accurate, near pro-grade weather stations in the hands of consumers for years before the personal weather station became a household gadget.
  2. Well, things have changed, and Davis is no longer the only worthy option.

If you read my recent My AcuRite review, you know that Davis has strong competition.

  1. The Vantage Vue is the consumer-centric station from Davis, and it measures all the common weather variables, including inside and outside temperature and humidity, barometric pressure, rainfall, wind speed, and wind direction.

Unlike most of the other stations I’ve tested, it also comes with a desktop console as an alternative to an app or web-based connection to check weather conditions quickly.

  1. The console even has glow-in-the-dark keys, so you can find it when the lights are out. While Davis stands out for its accuracy—it’s more precise than the Netatmo Weather Station in some scenarios—it’s far behind the competition in terms of connectivity.
  2. In fact, it has no connectivity right out of the box.
  3. If you want to track Davis’ weather station on the internet or on your computer, you’ll need to spend an additional $165 or $295 for one of Davis’ WeatherLink products.

That effectively doubles the cost of the Vantage Vue compared to other enthusiast-grade stations.

  1. Is it worth it? That answer depends on what you need a weather station for, and how you intend to use it.
  2. You’ll need about 30 minutes to set up the Vantage Vue.
  3. You’ll need to do some minor assembly—attaching this, screwing in that—but don’t worry, Davis’ instructions are clear and easy to follow.

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