Crappy UX and Consumer Electronics

One of the weird things that happens as you go from being a teenager to being a student-who-is-still-a-teenager to being an actual bona fide adult is that you end up putting a lot of time and thought into purchasing decisions that you never really considered relevant before. I recently purchased a microwave. I treated this process much like I would any other purchasing process for a piece of electronic goods; that is I went to a store, assessed which of the available models seemed to best fit my needs.