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A case of form over function
on 27 January 2013
This mechanical timer is made of a rubberised plastic, which feels a bit odd but is easy to grip even if you have wet hands. You set it by rotating the top half of the timer and this results in the dial on the top face showing something like a pie chart to indicate the time.
To get a long 'ring' you can set the time to 1 hour - its max - and then turn the dial back to the desired duration. It also looks very modern and is reasonably accurate.
Unfortunately the dial face is not clear, its sort of mottled and translucent rather than completely transparent and this can make it difficult to read the mid grey (about the same colour as the case) figures. The tick is loud but the 'ring' is not, ranging from a asthmatic fart to a sick rattlesnake depending on the surface its resting on.
So only 3 stars. It's OK but has been over designed and I would not recommend it for anyone with poor eyesight due to the top face masking the figures rather than being clear plastic.