This is the microwave that caused so much stress for me during my first days in the new clinic. As you can see in the picture below, the control panel is nothing like what one would usually expect. It is possible that the units for the settings are German words, but I doubt it.
In my opinion, for a microwave, one of the most important functions is setting the duration of the cooking time. This should be the most prominent part of the control panel. But with this microwave, the dominant control is a dial that determines the power and something that appears to adjust traditional heating methods (temp C, from top).
Setting the cooking time is done by turning the button with the “g”. If you think this is to enter the mass of the dish, your guess is reasonable, but incorrect. You simply turn it one way to increase the time, the other way to decrease the time. g=time?
At the bottom are symbols that appear weather-related. I have not experimented with these. My meals are not great, but I don’t want to make it worse from a failed experiment.
There is probably a German somewhere in the world, reading this and laughing at the stupid American. But, I have spent some time designing systems in a previous life, and this system design is a failure. Nothing is intuitive, symbols are not clear, and necessary functions are not clear while unnecessary functions are too prominent.
Seriously, who is going to use a microwave to “cook” something at 80W? Who would have thought that one of my first therapy topics would get initiated my frustration with the microwave and my fear of asking for help?