Summary: I've had this alarm clock for about 6mths now. I bought it because I cannot stand to wake up to a beeping noise, I need some music to get me going in the morning. When it works, I like it. But I really have issues getting the alarm to go off consistently. Sometimes it just doesn't go off. Sometimes the first alarm will go off, but the second one (which I set at some interval later--say 30 mins or so) won't.
Summary: I use this primarily for the radio and sometimes to charge my iPod. All of the controls are hard to find and make no sense. For instance, the radio tuner is on the back of the device, as well as the time setter and "wake to" sector. To choose the function (Tuner, MP3, iPod), you have to use two different buttons. It defaults to iPod mode as soon as you press the Power button. To change it to the MP3 player or radio tuner, you have to use a separate source button.
Summary: For the money, there are better I-POD clock radios out there. I read the reviews and should have abided by them. It looks great, and if all you want is an alarm clock - then this device is adequate. However, if you are looking for a device to be both a clock radio and small I-POD speaker system, keep looking and spend your money better on a different system. The controls are awkward. I can't turn it on without resetting my alarm time.
Summary: I have another similar looking Philips Clock Radio, without the iPod function, brought it in recently from overseas. Absolutely great, totally happy with it but doesn't work on 60Hz, thus looking for a similar one. As I could not find the one here and tried this (cheaper) DC190, expecting the same quality. Wrong!! What struck me immediately was its weight, the very light construction. That disappointed me and thought it couldn't be very promissing.
Summary: In short, this is nothing more than a $10 alarm clock that Philips slapped an iPod dock onto so they could sell for $50. I honestly tried for three days to make this work but I felt as soon as I took it out of the box I was getting ripped off by Philips. This clock is extremely light and this causes so many problems in conjunction with the rest of the design.
Summary: Philip's DC190 iPod Docking Clock Radio is a stylish iPod compatible clock radio with sleek space-age stylings resembling a device right out of the Jetson's. As far as core functionality goes I have no complaints. The clock uses a yellow/amber display set against a mirrored finish background. The clock display has 4 levels of brightness allowing you ample room to customize your brightness as you see fit.
Summary: The Philips DC190 is a decent alarm clock and docking station. Setting up the alarm clock was simple, although I did have to consult the "Quick start guide" to learn how to set the time and the alarms. I used an old ipod photo for testing and it fit perfectly into the cradle. With the DC190 you can set separate alarms for both the weekday and the weekend. I like to sleep later on the weekend, so it's nice not to have to remember to change the alarm on the weekends.
Only Really Useful as a Clock and Charging Station
Glenn R. Howes, Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: I've had this docking station next to my bed for several months, and I've come to the conclusion it is junk and not worth its price. However, I still use it because it's nice having a charger and a clock even if it isn't particularly good at either function. I hooked the device up to my Kill-A-Watt for a day of just being a clock. During that time, whatever energy it used, was beneath the ability of the Kill-A-Watt to measure.
Summary: I bought this item because of it style and listed functions. It does look good, but the device is a little difficult to get used to. Just about all the control buttons are flush mounted because of this style, and as a result are sometimes hard to locate, especially when you are in a morning funk when the alarm is going off. The all-important "snooze" button is a classic case of this.
Summary: I've had my new Philips clock for about 2 months now. It's a lot smaller than my Sony Dream Machine, which I loved for it's speakers/audio as well as the easy-to-use features like snooze, nap and switching from standard to daylight savings time. But enough about that old clock... I purchased this clock for several reasons, but primarily for my iPod (there is a non-iPod version of this clock). For an alarm clock, I'm happy with the audio quality.