It has been several years since the launch of the original TRITON, and now we have received samples of the new TRITON T2. At first glance the T2 looks outwardly similar to the T1 when the case is closed. However once we opened and tested the T2 it became very clear to us that this new scale was an extreme improvement over the original T1. In fact, we think it may be a bit TOO GOOD, given the price and the market segment it was designed for.
The first thing you'll notice about the T2 is it's outer ribbed case. This was a My Weigh invention circa 1999 to help keep scales from slipping out of consumers hands (and thus hitting the ground and shocking the sensors or causing case damage). The T2 uses a unique hinge that releases only when the cover is completely open. By "releases" we mean that the hinged cover can be unlatched in order to be used as an expansion tray or bowl. We have seen this same hinge design successfully used on the POINTSCALE 5.0. The cover is held closed by an oversized magnet to prevent accidental opening during transport.
After you open the T2's cover you are greeted by a very large crisp LCD display, three oversized soft rubber buttons and a large weighing tray with a nice raised lip (borrowed undoubtedly from the AXE) around it. The rim is important because it prevents loose items or herbs from falling off of the tray during weighing. We found the keypad extremely easy to use with a nice tactile touch. The T2 looks quite nice and professional, it's quaint - without the "flash" that many of the gadget loaded scales we normally test have.
The performance of the T2 was quite good, accuracy remained +/- 0.1g after calibration during our entire test. Drift was minor and within tolerance (no drift within 20 seconds, 0.1g - 0.2g drift occasionally after 20-40 seconds. Beyond performance, we found the T2 to be extremely durable. The T2 uses My Weigh's new 5PPS (5 Point Protection System) to prevent overload of the scale. In a similar test as that which we did to the Pointscale 5.0, we placed a 5kg weight on the tray 10 times. Normally just putting a 5kg weight on a pocket scale's tray one time would destroy it. However the Triton wasn't even slightly affected by this abuse. The 5PPS is a new design where metal protection bars are placed under each corner of the tray and under the load cell itself. The bars are adjusted during assembly to make contact with the tray if the load cell is overloaded. It seems that this would take a lot of time consuming work to set each scale in this manner, but with the lower cost of labor at My Weigh's Chinese factory, they are probably able to implement their new system without huge increases in manufacturing cost.
Beyond all of the positive design features we found on the Triton, the most amazing thing is it's price. The Triton T2 is available online at a host of retailers for under $20. Most brick and mortar retail stores will likely charge about $30 (regular stores have higher overhead and thus must charge higher prices than online merchants, such is the new economy..).
The T2 is available in 120g, 200g and 550g capacities. The 100g version was discontinued in 2004. All models read by 0.1 gram throughout the weighing spectrum. The T2 was originally a grams only scale but for 2005 it has been updated to read in 4 standard modes.. The T2 comes with batteries, removable cover and lifetime warranty.
This new Triton T2 is a great remodel of the original Triton. It has all of the features that any basic grams-weighing application requires and has an incredibly low price " In fact, we think it may be a bit TOO GOOD, given the price and the market segment it was designed for."
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