6th AlcoHAWK Micro

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24 Nov 2011 12:03 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

6th AlcoHAWK Micro
Best Price: 19.99 (bargainbreathalysers.com)
Sensor: Semi-conductive oxide
For: Tiny; decent accuracy; price
Against: A little confusing to use
Overall:

Accuracy:
The Micro did a reasonable job given its budget price. However, it started to struggle a little during the tougher tests.

Value for Money:
Cheap to buy and looks it.

Ease of Use:
The Micro is true to its name; its incredibly small no bigger than a key fob. The on-screen instructions are limited to a flashing red LED, which is not particularly intuitive and it can be confusing as to what the device is doing. However, results are displayed immediately and clearly after a test, and its easy to set up.

Owning:
Calibration is needed every 12 months, which costs 12.95 for full service and calibration if paid at the time of purchase. Normal price is 22. The Micro comes with a protective leather pouch.

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