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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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jcdill
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Time:2010-10-23 02:32 am (UTC)
The most common UI in current models is that all the numbers are "quick minute" settings so if you want 4 minutes, just press 4. If you want to program a time longer than 9 minutes (or fractional minutes) you press a button like "time" before entering the time, then pressing start.

When there's a quick 30 second button usually you can just press it to add 30 seconds, and it adds 30 seconds even when the microwave is already in use, increasing whatever the current time is by 30 seconds. Press as many times as necessary to add time while it's cooking, if you didn't put in as much time as necessary when you started it. E.g. you put in 2 items but pressed the button for cooking just 1 item, then realize you need to add more time.

If you are looking for an excuse to buy a new microwave, try offering your old (working) one on freecycle, or just donating it to a thrift store. There are plenty of people who will appreciate an old microwave.
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