Summary: My goal was to find a basic clock radio with a digital tuner so that I could actually wake up to my fav radio station which does not have the strongest signal. With my old radio I would often wake up to static due to shifts in the antenna or for reasons unbeknownst to me. I'm very happy with this item. It's not the best out there I'm sure, but it serves the purpose and I'm getting used to the different locations of the buttons.
Summary: Works pretty much as advertised. Digital everything might not be my favorite thing for alarm clocks here on forward. The buttons aren't intuitive and setting things up is awkward. Needless to say, save the instructions. Also notable, the audio is extra crappy. Don't plan to plug anything in the auxiliary input as you get more static than anything else. My pipe dream of being lulled to sleep by a podcast on my mp3 player was definitely shot down after a single go.
Summary: The only reason I bought this clock is because it was supposed to have a gradual wake feature. I really wanted an alarm that started quieter and then gradually got louder. This doesn't do that at all. Totally untrue. The buttons are so hard to figure out that it's actually funny. I don't have a hard time figuring out electronic stuff, and I've never had any trouble figuring out an alarm clock.
Summary: I was looking for something small for the bathroom. This radio's dimensions are slim enough that it fits nicely on the self by the mirror...until you plug it in. Cons: The power cord jack is in back so it makes the dimension about 3/4" wider than listed. The battery back-up (supposedly included) didn't work, I've had to reset the time 2x in 1 week due to power 'bumps' The auto time zone setting is so far off I'm not even sure what it's suppose to be tracking The volume...
Summary: This is the most inexpensive alarm clock with a digital radio tuner and an automatic time set that I could find. Both of those features work well. Unlike the product photo, the display is red. The footprint of the clock is small, and the digits are about 3 inches across. You can set two alarm times. I've found that the alarm stops going off after hitting snooze repeatedly for an hour. It's two hours on some other alarm clocks.
Summary: The sound quality is worse than that of radios I owned in the 1940s, tinny and raspy. The automatic time finder did not work. The backup battery does not work. After one day, the digital display to switch between AM, PM and aux, failed and gives nonsense characters. It was difficult to figure out out to adjust the time and station. I am throwing the thing away.
Summary: The pros: The time auto set function works better than I expected. The con: The sound is awful. The speaker is tinny and lacks any sort of warm tones. I bought it specifically for the line-in function and the sound from the radio and from an mp3 was awful. Don't buy it.
Should have put a little more thought in design...
24 November 2009
Summary: This clock serves it's purpose adequately enough, however the design and placement of all those buttons is lacking. Most people reach out and turn off their alarm in the dark. It is difficult to find the off button. You have to feel your way around the top of the unit. The "Off" button should have been more protruding or pronounced or placed elsewhere not to be confused with all the other buttons next to it.