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Subject:Microwave oven UI design
Time:02:45 pm
I use two microwave ovens on a regular basis. The user interfaces on them are very different. One seems incredibly logical to me, and the other is completely illogical. I'm throwing the two issues out for a vote, since my friends rule the world.
Poll #1634666 Microwave UI Design

Which button should be the most prominent?

Start
47(81.0%)
Stop
11(19.0%)

There's a "quick minute" button. Should the oven start when you press it, or should you have to hit "Quick Minute" then "Start"?

Start automatically
54(91.5%)
Quick Minute, then Start
5(8.5%)
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dmorr
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Time:2010-10-22 10:27 pm (UTC)
Seems to me you hit start every time, and rarely hit stop, so it should be more convenient to hit start. This can be accomplished by size or placement, but size seems easier.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2010-10-22 11:10 pm (UTC)
And you don't have to hit stop, you just need to open the door.
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mjosephb
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Time:2010-10-23 12:51 am (UTC)
I've always wondered about this? How fast is the off sensor? Am I slower zapping myself 0.05 seconds at a time?
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jcdill
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Time:2010-10-23 02:27 am (UTC)
The off sensor is built into the latch that opens the door. It can't open the door fast enough to "zap" you from still-active microwaves.

I now use quick minute settings all the time, but previous microwaves didn't have that setting and I adapted just fine. The first time I encountered a quick minute setting it startled me as I was trying to enter the time (e.g. 100 for 1 minute) and it just started automatically as I pushed the 1. But I quickly figured out how it worked on that model and had no problems figuring out how to enter time if I wanted to set a different value (e.g. 145 for a minute 45 seconds) when needed (rarely).

My Microwave UI issues occur when I want to do something *other* than basic minute operations. I shouldn't have to reach for a user manual to do any of the following, the UI should make it obvious how to do it:

1) Set the clock
2) Set and start the timer
3) Stop the timer
4) Program partial power operation (e.g. 5 minutes at 60% power)
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