I figured out what the" item" is. It's a thumb drive that contains the owners manual for the P.I. D.. It's also on there website so not sure why it comes with the P.I.D...Time to upgrade!! I received mine today. Also bought the smoker attachment. Now all I have to do is get up out off the couch, go out in the cold and snow and put it all together. Anyone know what the item is in the last picture, it came with the Auber control?