Dendritics Gemscale 50 vs Tanita 1210

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Calvin Sais... How does the Gemscale-50 compare
to the Tanita 1210??
Function Gemscale 50 Tanita 1210 Comments
Design Excellent Excellent Both well done
Size in (cm) 5.0 x 3.0 x 1.0
6.0 x 4.3 x 1.0
72% Larger Volume
Weight 8 Oz / 228g 10 Oz / 284g 25% Heavier
Operation One Button Four Buttons Not User-Friendly
Travel Packaging Self-Contained Requires Two Packages .
Warrantee One Year 180 Days .
Warrantee Service Cost Zero $12.50 "Handling Charge" .
Small Numbers .01-.02 Carats Reads Correctly .01-.02 Reads 0.00 small gems .01-.02 cannot be weighed because of Auto-Zero
Auto-Zero Never Always Tanita cannot disable this function
Calibration Span +/- 2% +/- 15.7% This allows for numerous errors in readings
Shut-Off 30 minutes after last use 5 minutes after turn-on Not good for the user while working with a gem buyer
Batteries One 9V Six AAA 6 AAA are costly
Cost of Replacement Batteries $2.99 $7.47 .
Operating Life of Alkaline Batteries 300 Hrs 60 Hrs .
Cost of batteries for first 300 hrs $0 $29.88 Ouch
Operation One Hand Required Two Hands Required Not User Friendly
Suggested Retail Price US$350 US$399 .
Total Cost for One Year with 300hrs and one repair US$350.00 US$441.38 .

Our Conclusion:
After looking at all the facts, our biased opinion is that you will surely pick the Gemscale-50 unless you are a stockholder in Tanita. If that is the case, you should consider selling your stock!

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