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Review: Ditching the cookbook for Key Ingredient’s Recipe Reader HD+

by • February 18, 2016 • No Comments

Just as regular tablets have tried to muscle in on the talked about ity of magazines and books, recipe tablets, too, have their printed-and-bound counterparts in their sights. And with millions of recipes loaded onto splashproof, digitized pages, the Key Ingredient Recipe Reader HD+ does contribute a few incentive to leave the stained and dog-eared paper of your favourite cookbooks behind. But does this kitchen-specific tablet quite contribute anything that a regular tablet does not? Join Gizmag, as we don our chef’s hats to see what’s cooking.

  • Gizmag's famed Vegetarian Mexican Baked Eggs
  • The 10-inch Recipe Reader HD+ runs on a customized Android Amazon App Store interface
  • The 10-inch Recipe Reader HD+ runs on a customized Android Amazon App Store interface
  • Gizmag's famed Chicken Enchilada Dip Rollups

The Recipe Reader HD+ fundamentally serves as a gateway to Key Ingredient’s extensive online database, home to around two million recipes. But with the Key Ingredient Recipe app baked in (along with a Unit Conversion and Kitchen Timer app), the thought is to put additional recipes and inspiration at your fingertips than actually the hungriest home chefs may understand what to do with.

The 10-inch Recipe Reader HD+ runs on a customized Android Amazon App Store interface, with a 8-core 2.1 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage space, that is expandable via an SD-card slot. It is created to be kitchen-safe, meaning the 2,043 x 1,536 pixel display is sealed and splashproof should things get a little wild when thrilling the Bolognese sauce. It in addition ships with an adaptable stand that can either be planted on the countertop or mounted to walls and cabinets.

Inside the Key Ingredient app, there’s certainly no shortage of mouthwatering recipes to select of, with Vegetarian Mexican Baked Eggs, and Chicken Enchilada Dip Rollups just a couple to catch our eye (sensing a theme here?). The app allows for you to save recipes that you like and organize them into seperate cookbooks, and in addition favourite successful recipes so you can access them later.

There is in addition the skill to load your own recipes onto the tablet, either by typing them in manually or snapping a photo with the 13-megapixel rear camera or 8-megapixel front camera. One other reason for the dual camera is to visually document your immaculately presented dishes as they’re served up.

The camera is serviceable, but the image high end does come through a little soft, so you’d most likely do advantageous to use your phone instead. Here’s a comparison, with a photo of the front-facing camera on the left and the rear-facing camera on the right.

Photos taken with the Key Ingredient tablet

Photos taken via an iPhone 5 camera as a comparison

One of the seemingly additional thoughtful showcases of the Recipe Reader HD+ is its text-to-speech function. On each recipe page, there is a tiny button that initiates a robotic readout of the text. Of course, occupied cooks with grubby fingers don’t have time to stop and scroll through recipes, so you can totally see why this may be a great thought.

But in practice, we discovered it to be certainly much useless. Once you hit the button, the tablet begins to instruct you through the initially step in the recipe. And and so rapidly go ons onto the upcoming step, and the upcoming one until it is finished. Even with supremely efficient slicing and dicing, attempting to store pace with the voice is an exercise in futility. You can press pause, but you’d need to touch the screen to do that, so you’d be headed back to square one. We reckon an skill to adjust the speed, or probably actually need voice prompts to go on, may manufacture a world of difference here.

One other minor gripe is the arrangement of the recipes, that populate in no particular order. So when you open up the app, you can have one star recipes mixed with three star recipes to select of, pretty than beginning with top rated or additional talked about dishes. This top-down process is in place may already on the Key Ingredient website and the company tells us they can be rolling it out on the tablet in the coming months. If it does and so it can certainly manufacture for a additional intuitive user experience.

Our numerous forays into the kitchen with the Recipe Reader HD+ brought us a few delicious and wholea few meals. Applying the tablet while cooking is as straightforward as you’d assume, and the stand is a really great touch that manufactures via the thing a lot additional effortless than it may otherwise be.

Gizmag’s famed Chicken Enchilada Dip Rollups

But despite this we store coming back to our original question, is it quite worth shelling out for a dedicated cooking tablet? It does double as a regular tablet, in that it is perfectly capable of browsing the internet, accessing email and social media. And the specs are nothing to sneeze at for a US$250 device. But apps can just come of the Amazon App Store, with no access to Google Play, that does limit what you can use it for outside the kitchen.

So we aren’t entirely convinced. You can access Key Ingredient’s recipes on any device, as you can any number of other recipe apps or databases. So for us, delivering a laptop and a careful approach into the kitchen can steer us through to dinnertime just satisfactory.

The Key Ingredient Recipe Reader HD+ is already priced at US$250 with free shipping (includes stand).

Source: Key Ingredient

  • The 2,043 x 1,536 pixel display is sealed and splashproof should things get a little wild when thrilling the Bolognese sauce
  • Photos taken via an iPhone 5 camera as a comparison
  • Photos taken with the Key Ingredient tablet
  • Applying the tablet while cooking is as straightforward as you'd assume

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