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June 25, 2007

Review: La Crosse Technology WS-7049U Mahogany Wireless Weather Station with Remote Temperature Sensor

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We recently picked up the La Crosse Technology WS-7049U Mahogany Wireless Weather Station with Remote Temperature Sensor from a deal on Woot.com. This wireless home weather station is going to run you $49ish without the $20 deal at WOOT! and after spending nearly 3 weeks of testing we think the $49 may be worth it. We've read our fair share of "not so great reviews" on the La Crosse Technology WS-7049U, but after comparison to several other weather stations we are testing like the Honeywell Wireless Personal Weather Station and the Ambient Weather Forecaster, we can conclude the WS-7049U does a good job for the money.

First impressions are not that great from the packaging. We're not sure where they got their package designer, but they could really do better for a device that costs over $50. The La Crosse Technology WS-7049U Mahogany Wireless Weather Station though out of the box looks really nice, and the quality of the weather station is better than expected.

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The packaging is lack luster. Don't expect this to make a splash
if you're giving it as a gift.

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You'll get a base, the weather station, and a remote sensor, plus instructions
in the box. Batteries are not included.

Features:

  • One TX6U remote temperature sensor included
  • LCD clock in 12 hour time display
  • Indoor humidity (%RH)
  • Indoor temperature (°F)
  • Remote temperature (°F)
  • Indoor and Outdoor temperature display with MIN/MAX records
  • Can receive as many as three outdoor transmitters
  • Weather tendency indicator and weather icons
  • Wall Hanging or Free-standing (removable stand)
  • Actual Size: 3 x 1.0 x 10.0in

Specifications:

  • Indoor temperature range: 32°F to 140°F
  • Remote temperature range: -21.8°F to +156.2°F
  • Temperature Accuracy: +/- 1.5°F
  • Humidity range: 20% to 95%
  • Humidity Accuracy: +/- 3%
  • Power requirements: (receiver) 2 “AA” (remote) 2 “AA”
  • Transmission Frequency: 433.92 MHz
  • Transmission Range: Up to 80 feet open air
  • Add the Ambient Weather SRS100LX Pagoda Temperature and Humidity Radiation Shield for improved accuracy (see the May we also suggest section below)

Setting Up the La Crosse Technology WS-7049U Mahogany Wireless Weather Station

Set up was relatively easy. You have to make sure to put the batteries into the external temperature sensor first, and then put batteries into the La Crosse Technology WS-7049U Mahogany Wireless Weather Station. You can add more sensors if you want and cycle through them, but we didn't have more sensors to test this option. That's really about it. It's pretty simple and easy to set up.

Impressions and Readings

You'll also get an indoor and outdoor temperature with this method and the indoor humidity. We were a little bummed the outdoor sensor didn't have a hygrometer as well, but you get what you pay for. The base station also has a weather tendency area - that uses the relative pressure of low to high to give you an idea of the forecast for the day. This worked surprisingly well over the 3 weeks we've been testing, and on cloudy days it was cloudy and on days where it cleared up it was moving towards high pressure and sunny. Good feature.

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You can add more channels for more sensors if you want.

On the temperature front, well - until we received our Honeywell Wireless Personal Weather Station, we only had the Ambient Device weather data coming in from Boston instead of Arlington, MA where we live. Once we had the two stations to compare, they were both within a degree of each other all the time. Weather tends to be hotter in Arlington than in Boston, due to the fact we are a bit further inland (about 15 minutes from downtown Boston and not on the water).

Placing the temperature sensors can also be a bit challenging. You'll need to find a place that is more in the shade and never gets direct sun. Getting direct sun on a sensor can drive it up into the 100 F range easily, and this makes for false readings and also takes a long time for the sensor to cool. We recommend a shady side of your house - under a porch that is open - or other locations. Once you have this place, you'll get very accurate readings.

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You get outdoor and indoor temp, indoor humidity, and min/max
weather forecast based on pressure.

On the indoor temperature front, we noticed no bad readings as well. From our furnace meter, to the Honeywell Wireless Personal Weather Station, we noticed the La Crosse Technology WS-7049U Mahogany Wireless Weather Station was dead on.

Conclusions

You'll like the La Crosse Technology WS-7049U Mahogany Wireless Weather Station if want the basic idea of the weather you're getting for that day. There is no real forecast, but there is a forecast for that day. The indoor and outdoor temperature readings were fairly accurate, and we like the indoor humidity reading. We do wish the outdoor sensor had a humidity reading as well.

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