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Almost excellent, verry close to....
on 22 March 2013
It looks and feels well made. Chunky with a good weight to it. Not flimsy, flexible and light.
It has a proper power cable rather than a mains adaptor, so no need to worry about leaving the power-supply behind in a hotel room when on a business trip.
The buttons are clearly labelled, and work without the need to press so hard the unit creaks under the pressure.
The display is large, clear, uncluttered and easily legible on 2 of the 3 brightness setting.
Sound quality is perfect (for me), as all I intend to use it for is a clock radio.
I was almost able to set it all up, set the alarms, and get it working without having to actually read the instructions at all, the buttons and menus are that clear & well laid out. I only had to read the instructions to find out how to set an alarm to "RADIO/BUZZER/OFF" and how to turn the alarm off once is was sounding. Of those two I would probably found the solution to the first myself had it not been that the location I put the alarm in had those switches against the wall an not in plain sight.
Having 2 alarms is perfect for me. I work weekdays, and alternate Saturdays. So I simply set alarm 1 to "WEEKDAYS" and set alarm 2 to "WEEKENDS."
I can turn alarm 2 on or off as required.
Unlike a 1 alarm radio I do not have to worry about forgetting to turn the only available alarm back on Sundays and then being late Monday as alarm 1 (WEEKDAYS) can be left on all the time.
Q: So why only 4 stars?
A: Because I can not give 4.5 stars.
So why the loss of half a Star?
1. The aerial is a bit of wire hanging out the back. Unlike a rigid aerial you can not position it to get a good signal and let go. I hope (but do not know) that if the alarm goes off and it has no radio signal it will do something other than say "OFF AIR" and remain silent. Unable to get a good signal with the wire hanging down behind the radio & stool it sits on I taped it to the wall at the angle that gave a good signal. Ugly, but it works.
2. The display has 3 brightness setting. "Searchlight," "Bright" and "Barely visibly." The first would make a good night light for kids, the second is good enough to see ones way around the room in the dark, and the third is a smudge in the dark from 6 feet, and hard to make out in full sunlight from 1 and might as well be "off" for all the good it is. It needs a setting part way between the lowest two.
3. There is no way to set the maximum volume for the alarm. It comes on and gradually increases in volume over a short period of time, perhaps 15 seconds. That is OK, and I like it. I just would like to be able to set the maximum volume it goes up to.
Do not misunderstand me, it does not "Turn it up to 10." It stops at a quite reasonable level, but that level is pre-set. For some it will stop too-quiet, and for me it is louder that I need or want. I like to lay there for a few mins listening to the radio quietly burbling away to itself without it being so loud that it is saying "GET OUT OF BED NOW!!"
Another review/reviewer suggests that the alarm volume can be changed. While this is true, it only effect the volume at the time the alarm is going off. The radio does not "remember" that you turned it up or down the next time the alarm goes off. I stand by my statement "There is no way to set the maximum volume for the alarm." You can turn the alarm up or down ONCE it is going off, but can not set the volume beforehand.
P.P.S. (after 2 years of ownership)
It never, ever, notices that the clocks have gone forward or back. It keeps perfect time during the year so must update/synchronise its time using radio time signals, but when the clocks change it never notices. Irritating given the price.