The Zircon Studsensor I65 Onestep has both a good price label (around $30) and also a manufacturer that we have so far been able to rely on for quality – Zircon.
It indicates studs with the same methods as other Zircon products (with a visual gauge and a spotlight) so if you’ve used others before then it shouldn’t be too difficult to adapt to this model. It also has two different modes for detection:
– Stud scan mode which detects studs up to 3/4 inch deep into drywall
– Deep Scan mode which doubles the range to 1 1/2 inches.
There is also WireWarning detection which will alert you to any live wires beneath the surface. This technology runs automatically alongside the two modes so whichever mode you’re in you’ll be aware of any wires to look out for. So the I65 uses a similar system to other Zircon products, but is it as worthwhile or is there a reason for its difference in price?
It requires a little more attention to detail
Many Zircons have been found to require slower movements and firm pressure to ensure they work to their full potential, and the Studsensor I65 in particular relies on this. One point to note with this product is that haste interferes with effectiveness. We all like to get things done quickly, devoting only half of our attention to the job whilst we daydream about things we’d rather be doing than stud finding; but if you want the results quickly and without error, it’s worth focusing on a steady and firm hold and slow movements.
You also need to hold the depth setting button whilst you scan so that you can get an accurate idea of stud dimensions. This may all seem like a lot of hassle but for the money you’re saving by avoiding the more high tech models, it’s surely worth putting in that extra bit of effort. With a little patience you’ll be getting the same results for a lot cheaper price. It’s got classic Zircon clarity
The I65 Onestep shows you both the location of the edges of studs, by using visual bars on the LCD display, and also stud centres, by highlighting them with the built in spotlight pointing system. The different indicators for centres and edges avoid confusion and show both simultaneously.
The LCD display will also point you in the direction of studs with an arrow, should you have passed over them when you began scanning, and the word ‘stud’ or ‘AC’ will appear along with an audible tone when you have found studs or live wires, so you can always be sure when and what you have detected. The signal strength indicator will also tell you how deep or shallow the target is.
However, there is one aspect that this Zircon lacks clarity in and thats when it comes to the material of detections, as it doesn’t have the technology to distinguish between wood and metal. Only if this was something you particularly needed to know from a stud finder would this Onestep not be adequate enough.
There can be some errors, but they’re easily corrected!
Sometimes, you may begin scanning and feel this stud finder isn’t picking up on anything at all, which, if that was the case, would make it entirely useless. But this may then be an indication that your scan began over a stud.
If this happens, the ‘over the stud’ ACT (auto correcting technology) should kick in and alert you to the error, but it’s equally as easy to spot this as a difference in the device’s response patterns. You would then simply reset the depth setting and move the Zircon away from the spot you originally began on and find more accurate results by scanning from a different start point.
Summary of the I65 review
The Zircon Studsensor I65 Onestep is a reliable and accurate stud finder once you know how best to use it. It tells you what you need to know, location and depth, and warns you of live wires that might otherwise be a nasty surprise, so you can get the job done quickly and safely. It’s not as high tech as other, more advanced Zircons, but it gives you the necessary information for most of the tasks you would use a stud finder to tackle, and for a great price too!