Okay, now this is pretty amazing. I bought this thing thinking there was a good chance it would wind up in the garbage. Instead, it turns out to be a surprisingly responsive and accurate device. The sampling rate is 2 x per second, and the included probe (which is a bead probe, not a needle probe -- I'm still waiting for the needle probe) is very fast. I've attached a 7-second video here where I stick the thing into a pot of boiling water. You can see the response time is almost instantaneous -- it goes from the ambient temperature near the pot (I was holding it above the pot so I could make a quick video) to an exact 212 degrees F in maybe 1 second. This is from a $19.95 thermocouple with the included probe. It takes any type-K probe. And it even comes with a totally usable, if a bit ugly, aquamarine zippered carrying case with a belt loop. ← Fat Guy, I'm in the market for a new probe thermometer. An update of your experience with this fellow would be very much appreciated. The price is right and there are still units available on eBay. I have a few specific questions: 1) Is the included probe oven-safe? 2) Do you (or anyone else, for that matter) have recommendations for a good K type needle probe to go along with this unit? 3) In the past, I've experienced short lifetimes for my oven probes. Whether that is a fault of mine or of poor design is presently a mystery. Are there particular actions that shorten the life expectancy of an oven probe? Many thanks, Dave A brief post script: Tonight I spotted a good number of Polder probe thermometers (didn't catch the specific model) at my local Linens and Things marked down 20% from $25 due to the liquidation. I've been there and done that, but given the price I'm tempted to do it again.