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Bought one of these a couple of weeks ago as part of my renewed commitment to meditate on a regular basis. I figured that an audible indication of elapsed time would be useful, both in terms of tracking where I was in the session, and also bringing me back 'into the moment' if I happened to be wandering at that point. This clock fulfills those requirements perfectly.
I particularly like the circular design, with the all the key functions immediately visible and the circular progress indicator. The clock functions well as a standard desk clock and alarm clock in addition to its countdown functionality. There are 3 configurable countdown timer buttons (labeled T,T2,T3 on the clock) which should, I would imagine, be sufficient for most peoples' needs. Although pre-set with factory set functionality, each of these buttons can be changed to your preferred mode (very easily once you've read the instructions).
The fact that you can set up three different timer 'sequences' and store them under their own button means that you're not forever changing things. For instance for my main meditation sessions I have the T1 button set up to start with a 3 minute period, followed by three further periods of 10 minutes. This gives me the opportunity to get myself settled during the first 3 mins, then indicates when each of the next 10 mins sessions have finished. So, I get a single chime at 3 mins, then another 10 mins later and so on, until the end of the third 10 mins period at which I get a double chime telling me my sitting session has finished. I've also a repeating countdown timer set under T3 which gives a single chime every 15 mins which I use if I'm trying to remind myself to be 'mindful' whilst working. I think you can set this to repeat up to 99 times.
The sound quality of the chimes is excellent, the one I use is just like what you'd expect from a real 'singing bowl'. Perhaps the only criticism I would have is that once you've selected a chime and the volume (I think there are two metallic chimes, a wood block sound, and a regular alarm clock type sound), that sound plays for ALL notifications, including the alarm clock. Not sure a temple bell chime would wake me, and I sure as heck wouldn't want an alarm clock sound between meditation periods!! If anyone knows how to get around this I'd be very interested to hear from them.
All in all it's a great little gadget, although I do think that at £60 or there abouts it's a bit pricey. Just need to make sure that I make full use of it now!!