Chamberlain (which is actually Liftmaster) is one of the better known brands in garage door openers – a good thing, since buying a garage door opener is something you’ll probably do less frequently than buying an actual car. It’s not like I keep up with who is making the best door openers or subscribe to “Garage Door Openers Weekly”. I’d heard good things about this brand, though, and despite the unnecessarily abstract name (WD832KEV? Seriously?) the feature list on this ...Continue Reading →
The Chamberlain Whisper Drive (the “WD” models) products are pretty much near the top of the range when it comes to DIY systems. Remember, Chamberlain is the DIY brand from LiftMaster, whereas LiftMaster products are only meant for professional installation.
I always wondered a bit about high-end DIY products. These are products for someone who is willing to pay for features and refinement, but not for the convenience of having it installed professionally. Of course you can always get the WD962KEV ...Continue Reading →
The sub-$200 garage door opener niche is flooded with half-horsepower products, which are fine for the majority of double-car steel doors you’d typically find in a middle-class home. If, however, you have an older style wooden door or something a bit fancier (and heavier) than a plain steel one, your only real options are North of that price point.
This product from Chamberlain’s “premium” range sits right on that dividing line at $200 (depending on what specials are running) and it ...Continue Reading →
As far as residential garage door openers go, the closer you get to the $500 mark, the closer you are to the pinnacle of the price range. Especially so if we’re talking about chain drive openers. Pay over that amount and you’re into commercial territory, and probably have a garage like Jay Leno, you lucky dog.
The PD612EV (The “PD” is short for “Power Drive”, apparently) from Chamberlain certainly isn’t cheap and yet it’s only a half-horsepower unit. So your expensive ...Continue Reading →
The PD210D is a product from a simpler time – made using modern technology, but with only the bare minimum of functionality.
That being said, the PD210D is not the cheapest product in the Chamberlain range (the DIY side of LiftMaster).
So is it a worthwhile product? Would you be better off getting something cheaper with the same feature set, or is there enough of a difference in basic build quality or reliability to make it worth a look?
This is the age of convergence. My phone is now also where I watch TV, read the newspaper, and write letters to people. Every device is smart, everything connects to the internet, and everything talks to everything else. More features means “better” in the modern world, but sometimes a company is still brave enough to release a product that does just one thing – a product that isn’t “smart” and doesn’t have an “i” in front of its name. Something ...Continue Reading →
“Be prepared” is the official motto of the Boy Scouts. “Would you like to buy some popcorn?” is the unofficial one. Of the two, the former best describes the mindset of whoever had the job of designing the WD1000WF.
It’s stuffed to the gills with features and is priced to match, but I have a hard time thinking of any other garage door opener as feature-rich as this.