Friday, July 10, 2020

the bad ux of a microwave timer

So here is a bad photo of our serviceable little microwave:

It has a timer function on it, which is convenient, but I really wonder about the design choice to switch back to displaying the clock time after about 5 seconds. Even if you press the "timer" button to go back to looking at the countdown, after about 5 seconds it bounces back to the current time.

Not such a big deal, but I really wonder what went through the mind of the person who set it up that way. It's not like people are gonna set timers all the time, but when they do, isn't that "obviously" the most important thing they're using the microwave and its display for?

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