I was working on a project Sunday that involved fairly precise current and voltage measurements using an HP3458A benchtop meter. I was a little careless and put about 4A through the current shunt (which is rated for only 1.25A). It immediately failed open circuit, shutting down my circuit. I finished up the work using a lesser quality meter and figured I was in for an annoying repair task, at a minimum pulling the meter out and replacing a fuse in the back or, worse, maybe having to take the cover off (and break the cal stickers).
Instead, the design is incredibly thoughtful and user-friendly, obviously designed by someone who cared to think through how the device would actually be used in the field and not just relentlessly “cost engineered”.
If I’d known, I could have replaced the fuse faster than going to get the other meter.