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Review: Honeywell's model RTH8580WF programmable thermostat delivers the basics

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  • Honeywell Wi-Fi Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat (Model RTH8580WF)

    TechHive Rating

    If you're on a tight budget, Honeywell's programmable thermostat will pay for itself faster than either the Venstar T5800 or the much-talked-about Nest. But it lacks many of the features (some advanced,...

At a Glance
  • TechHive Rating

    If you're on a tight budget, Honeywell's programmable thermostat will pay for itself faster than either the Venstar T5800 or the much-talked-about Nest. But it lacks many of the features (some advanced, some relatively basic) that its competitors deliver.

    Pros

    • Everything you need in one box
    • "Smart Response" technology
    • Moderate price tag

    Cons

    • Primitive, ugly black-on-green touchscreen
    • No email reminders about preventative maintenance
    • No usage or energy-consumption reporting

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